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Give Thanks to Standards for Safety and Fun This Thanksgiving!

New York, Nov 26, 2009

For Americans across the nation, the holiday season officially starts today with the celebration of Thanksgiving. As families gather to relax, eat, and give thanks, standards are in place to assure safety and entertainment.

Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition set in stone for many families. While a lucky few million go see the parade in person, many more choose to watch the live broadcast from their homes. Many standards for televisions, analog-to-digital converter boxes, and cable broadcasting make this possible, including ANSI/SCTE 07 2006. Developed by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), this standard describes the framing structure, channel coding, and channel modulation for a digital multiservice television distribution system that is specific to a cable channel.

Once the Macy’s balloons have made their way to Herald Square, most folks turn their attention to the day’s traditional treats. Turkey, pumpkin pie, and many other Thanksgiving favorites are prepared with the use of an oven. The safety of these ovens is addressed in an International Standard developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC): IEC 60335-2-6 Ed. 5.2 b:2008, Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-6: Particular requirements for stationary cooking ranges, hobs, ovens and similar appliances. This safety standard was developed by IEC Technical Committee (TC) 61, Safety of household and similar electrical appliances. Secretariat duties for TC 61 are performed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an ANSI member and audited designator. UL also serves as the U.S. National Committee (USNC) – approved U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator to TC 61, carrying U.S. positions forward to the committee.

While the children may be content with some extra whipped cream on their pumpkin pie, many adults reach for a glass of wine to round out the Thanksgiving feast. From aperitifs to Zinfandel, wine is supported by standards that oversee its safe manufacture. Several standards produced by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) address test methods for the equipment used in the delicate process of wine making, including:

  • ISO 5703:1979, Equipment for vine cultivation and wine making -- Grape presses -- Methods of test;

  • ISO 5704:1980, Equipment for vine cultivation and wine making -- Grape-harvesting machinery -- Test methods; and

  • ISO 7224:1983, Equipment for vine cultivation and wine making -- Mash pumps -- Methods of test.

These standards were developed by ISO TC 23, Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), an ANSI member, serves as the ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator to TC 23.

While families nationwide give thanks, standards will assure their safety and entertainment. ANSI wishes all of its members and friends a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving Day.

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