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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Dusty Electrical Connectors to Filing Systems

New York, Apr 20, 2005

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Dust in Electrical Connectors
As sterile as an office workplace might seem to the average employee, ambient dust and dirt found in these indoor environments can affect the electronics and electric equipment in use. ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) has developed a test method to determine the susceptibility of an electrical connector or socket system to the potential degradation mechanism of a dust/fiber environment common to an office or manufacturing area.

ANSI/EIA 364-91A-2005, Dust Test Procedure for Electrical Connectors and Sockets, may be used as a preconditioning test whereby the test specimen is exposed to a heavy concentration of dust and then exposed to a subsequent environment or as a “stand alone” test. This test should not be considered as an alternate or replacement for the EIA-364-50 (Sand and Dust Test Procedure for Electrical Connectors and Sockets) that simulates an outdoor desert type environment.

The Electronic Industries Alliance is a national trade organization is a partnership of electronic and high-tech associations and companies whose mission is promoting the market development and competitiveness of the U.S. high-tech industry through domestic and international policy efforts.

Filing Systems
Think filing is as easy as A-B-C and 1-2-3? ARMA International (the Association of Information Management Professionals) is an ANSI member and accredited standards developer that produced standard rules for alphabetical filing to aid in the selection and application of a filing system that will enable users to retrieve information when needed. It describes three principal systems: alphabetic filing, subject filing, and numeric filing. In addition, it contains standard rules for indexing alphabetic data.

ANSI/ARMA 12-2005, Establishing Alphabetic, Numeric and Subject Filing Systems, establishes a uniform files classification system that makes sense to the users while identifying and preserving a set order of records. Three informative appendices include instructions for indexing, factors to consider when using automated indexing systems, and exceptions for alphabetic indexing.

ARMA International is a not-for-profit association whose members include records managers, archivists, corporate librarians, imaging specialists, legal professionals, IT managers, consultants, and educators, all of whom work in a wide variety of industries, including government, legal, healthcare, financial services, and petroleum. The association develops and publishes standards and guidelines related to records management.

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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