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Did You Know?

New York, Apr 17, 2009

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

New ISO Standards Enhance the Safety of Cranes
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved two new standards that will help reduce the risk of accident to people and properties when crane operations are involved.

In an effort to promote effective crane inspections worldwide as well as remove technical barriers to the international trade in cranes, ISO 23814:2009, Cranes – Competency requirements for crane inspectors, addresses personnel performing periodic and exceptional inspections of these devices.

Two other standards dictate the working and operational conditions that ensure the safety of cranes. ISO 9927-1:2009, Cranes – Inspections – Part 1: General, describes how to inspect a crane after its first use. A previous document, ISO 9927-3:2005, Cranes – Inspections – Part 3: Tower cranes, specifically addresses the regular inspections to be carried out on tower cranes.

ISO 9927-1:2009, ISO 9927-3:2005 and ISO 23814:2009 were developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 96, Cranes, Subcommittee (SC) 5, Use, operation and maintenance. The ANSI-accredited Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator to this TC is the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

TIA FOLS Hosts Free Webconference on LAN Standards
The Fiber Optics LAN Section (FOLS) of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, will hold a free webinar on LAN Standards, News and Trends on Monday, April 27, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Addressing network designers, network managers and installers, the web conference will inform on the new standards used for structured cabling systems and on the changes that affect users’ networks.

TIA’s FOLS is a network of manufacturers dedicated to increasing the use of fiber optic technology in customer-owned networks. For more information, please visit FOLS online.

ASME Presents 2009 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has organized the 2009 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC).

Under its rules, teams of senior engineering students compete to design and build aerodynamic, safe and highly engineered vehicles capable of road use. All areas of engineering problem-solving are addressed, but the vehicles are mainly judged on design, safety and performance.

The competition includes three classes of vehicle: singlerider (operated and powered by a single individual); multirider (operated and powered by two or more individuals); and utility (a vehicle designed for everyday transportation or commuting).

For more information, please visit ASME online.

National Fenestration Rating Council Applies for Accreditation
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), a new ANSI organizational member, has submitted an application for accreditation as an ANSI accredited standards developer.

NFRC develops and administers a fenestration energy rating system and seeks the approval of two standards that establish rules for the process.

For additional information or to submit comment, please contact: Mr. Ray McGowan (telephone: 240.821.9510;

Comments to NFRC should be offered by May 18, 2009, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

To view or download a copy of NFRC’s proposed operating procedures, click here.

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