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First eBook Added to Inventory of ANSI’s eStandards Store

New York, Oct 15, 2003

Around the world, countries are in various degrees of transition to the metric system of weights and measures. Many of the countries in the European Union (EU) are almost completely metric, whereas other countries such as Canada, India and Australia are about midway through the process. Although the U.S. is the only industrialized country that does not use the metric system as its primary system of measurement, certain American industries have been using it for some time.

Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 "to coordinate and plan the increasing use of the metric system in the United States." The American public was slow to respond, however, and Congress, recognizing the necessity of the United States' conformance with international standards for trade, included new encouragement for U.S. industrial metrication in the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988. This legislation amended the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 and designates the metric system as the “Preferred system of weights and measures for United States trade and commerce." The legislation states that the Federal Government has a responsibility to assist industry, especially small business, as it voluntarily converts to the metric system of measurement.

In industry, transition to the modern metric system, called Le Système International d'Unités or the International System of Units (abbreviated SI), is critical. The metric system requires new fastener sizes, material stock sizes, cutting tools, and other essential manufacturing elements. Metric Standards for Worldwide Manufacturing, by Knut O. Kverneland has been a reference source for metric standards to American industries since it was first published in 1978, and is now available as an eBook for purchase exclusively from the ANSI eStandards Store.

“The addition of this eBook to our inventory of products is the latest in a series of valuable offerings from the ANSI eStandards Store,” explained Rose Maginniss, ANSI director of electronic sales and marketing. “This text is a comprehensive, easy-to-use reference of all data required for a smooth metric system conversion. It is an essential tool for all companies exporting goods.”

In this case, the eBook serves as an important reference for the suppliers and users of mechanical parts through its fast, convenient, and easily searchable access of metric standards. The text also includes key approaches to metrication, more than 500 tables of metric standard details, and listings of metric material sizes and grades for implementations as diverse as fasteners, drills, screw thread details, drawing examples, keys, splines, gears, bearings, and more.

“ANSI is committed to the continual development and delivery of standards-related products and services to support the needs of its customers,” stated Maginniss.

“eBooks offer a unique value to their users,” added Leanne Lowry, marketing manager in ANSI’s electronic sales team. “By providing access to an electronic edition, standards users will be able to hyperlink directly to a point where they can obtain the referenced national and international standards they need most.”

Since publication of the first edition in 1978, the text has demonstrated how metric conversion costs are offset by expansion of exports and cost-cutting methods. In this edition, the author emphasizes rationalization of manufacturing by promoting the use of fewer fastener sizes and lengths, and the use of material stock sizes and gages. In an electronic format, it is even easier for users to save time and money when developing products to metric specifications.

According to "The United States and the Metric System: A Capsule History" by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), “The current effort toward national metrication is based on the conclusion that industrial and commercial productivity, mathematics and science education, and the competitiveness of American products and services in world markets, will be enhanced by completing the change to the metric system of units. Failure to complete the change will increasingly handicap the Nation's industry and economy.”

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