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"Standards That Make a Difference" Survey Results Now Available

New York, Oct 24, 2008

In commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of the American National Standards Institute, ANSI relaunched its popular 2002 survey to learn which standards are "making a difference” in today’s ever-changing global marketplace. More than 200 entries were submitted, and three winners were selected at random during World Standards Week 2008 (WSW).

Participants in the "Standards That Make a Difference" survey were asked to identify the standards considered to be "most valuable" by the members of the standards and conformity assessment community, and offer a brief explanation highlighting the benefits for consumers, government or industry. [see related article]

A special display at the ANSI-hosted WSW series of events showcased all of the nominated standards. Entries — which included only published standards that are in use in the marketplace — ran the gamut, including American National Standards, standards developed by ISO or IEC, and documents developed by other domestic, regional or international bodies — including consortia. The complete list of survey results is available here.

Each submission qualified for entry into a random drawing for three $100 American Express Gift Cards. At the conclusion of the ANSI Annual Business Meeting, Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO, selected the winning entrants.

Philip G. Hannigan, executive secretary of the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA), identified CEMA 102-2006, Conveyor Terms and Definitions, explaining that the standard was the first to be published by CEMA, and has been maintained consistently since the first edition was published in 1941.

“The common terms and definitions were influential in helping standardize the conveying and other material handling activities in the war mobilization and in the industrial expansion after World War II,” said Mr. Hannigan. “They have since been adopted for use nationally and internationally and have contributed to the common worldwide language of the global material handling and distribution system we enjoy today.”

The second winner, Igor Boiko, a senior engineer with Honeywell, identified ISA-5.1-1984 (R1992) Instrumentation Symbols and Identification, indicating that the standard “really makes the process of control logic development well organized.”

C. Clair Claiborne, principal consulting and R&D scientist with ABB Inc., identified IEEE C57.147, the IEEE Guide for Acceptance and Maintenance of Natural Ester Fluids in Transformers. In his entry, Mr. Claiborne explained that “the use of natural esters as an insulating dielectric fluid is of prime importance in protecting the environment and conserving mineral oil currently and previously used in transformers worldwide. Establishing a guide with which this fluid can be purchased and used greatly enables the use of these types of fluids.”

The winners were not present during World Standards Week; ANSI will deliver the winning gift certificates to them.

"Emphasizing standards that make a difference has once again illuminated the vital work being carried in the standards community, providing further examples of the importance of standards in the lives of millions of people around the world," said Bhatia. "We thank everyone who participated to the survey and express our congratulations to the winners."