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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Communication Towers to Magnet Wire


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Communication Towers

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), lightning strikes the ground somewhere in the U.S. nearly every day of the year. By the nature of their height and outdoor location, communications towers and associated structures are often at the greatest risk of damage from lightning.

To aid manufacturers and protect human health and property from lightning damage to communications towers, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) recently released a new American National Standards (ANS). ANSI ATIS 0600334-2013, Electrical Protection of Communications Towers and Associated Structures, provides the minimum electrical protection, grounding, and bonding criteria necessary to mitigate the disruptive and damaging effects of lightning. It is intended to serve as a guide for designers or users of such facilities in the application of electrical protection, grounding, and bonding.

ATIS, an ANSI-accredited standards developer and organizational member, works to develop standards, reports, tests, and other documents and processes that support industry-wide interoperability and reliability of telecommunications networks, equipment, and software. ATIS’s work underpins the nation’s emergency communications system, improves data access, bolsters health care delivery, and supports the availability of interactive sources of entertainment.

Magnet Wire

Magnet wire, most commonly copper or aluminum wire coated with a very thin layer of insulation, acts as an electrical conductor when connected to a power source. Ninety percent of all electrical energy requires modification through the use of a magnet to be effective, so magnet wire has tremendously broad applications in the construction of transformers, inductors, motors, speakers, generators, electromagnets, computers, televisions, and many other applications that require tight coils of wire.

A recently revised ANS published by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) covers state-of-the-art magnet wire manufacturing technologies and includes evolving magnet wire end user demands. ANSI/NEMA MW 1000-2014, Magnet Wire, provides general requirements, product specifications, and test procedures for the manufacturing and packaging of magnet wire. ANSI/NEMA MW 1000-2014 contains guidance for round, rectangular, and square film-insulated, and/or fibrous covered copper and aluminum magnet wire for use in electrical apparatus. The ANS also provides 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.