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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Multipurpose Utility Vehicles to Magnet Wire

New York, May 31, 2012

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes, 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:

Multipurpose Utility Vehicles
Multipurpose off-highway utility vehicles (MOHUVs) can carry passengers and cargo while traversing swamps, sand, mud, rocks, streams, dry land, and snow, serving the various needs of professionals and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Previously, only work-focused utility vehicles limited to 25 mph or lower and recreation-focused off-highway vehicles operating above 30 mph were covered by standards. But the recently published ANSI/OPEI B71.9-2012, American National Standard for Multipurpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicles, fills the gap by defining standards for utility vehicles that reach speeds between 25 mph and 50 mph, addressing MOHUVs that are capable of a broad spectrum of uses.

The new American National Standard (ANS) from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, establishes requirements for equipment, configuration, and performance of MOHUVs. The provisions of the standard apply to newly manufactured vehicles and are effective for MOHUVs produced for the 2014 model year. OPEI B71.9-2012 does not apply to vehicles defined by other standards such as golf carts, personal transportation vehicles, four wheel all-terrain vehicles, any vehicle that complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, vehicles commonly known as "dune buggies," industrial trucks, or burden and personnel carriers.

OPEI is an international trade association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of consumer and commercial outdoor power equipment such as lawnmowers, garden tractors, utility vehicles, trimmers, edgers, chain saws, snow throwers, tillers, leaf blowers, and other related products. OPEI works to assist, advance, and foster the economic interest of its membership by providing accurate and timely worldwide information, promoting the effective and safe use of outdoor power equipment, and representing industry interests in legislative and regulatory affairs.

Magnet Wire
Magnet wire, also known as winding wire, is an insulated copper or aluminum electrical conductor used in motors, transformers, and other electromagnetic equipment. When wound into a coil and energized, magnet wire creates an electromagnetic field for use in energy transformation as well as a wide range of communications applications and products such as computers, telephones, cell phones, video games, and televisions. In fact, approximately 90% of all electrical energy requires modification by magnet wire to be of any use.

To aid vendors in meeting requirements, specifications, and test procedures for the manufacturing and packaging of magnet wire, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently released ANSI/NEMA MW 1000-2011, Magnet Wire, the latest revision in the MW 1000 standard series. NEMA MW 1000-2011 reflects magnet wire end user requirements and state-of-the-art magnet wire manufacturing technologies. The revised ANS covers round, rectangular, square film insulated, and/or fibrous covered copper and aluminum magnet wire, and contains the definitions, type designations, dimensions, constructions, performance, and test methods for magnet wire generally used in the winding of coils for electrical apparatus.

NEMA, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is a membership organization of manufacturers of products used in the generation, transmission, distribution, control, and end-use of electricity used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional and residential applications. NEMA promotes the competitiveness of the U.S. electrical product industry through the development of standards, advocacy in federal and state legislatures and executive agencies, and the collection and analysis of economic data.

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