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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Coffee Brewers to Power Cables

New York, Nov 22, 2013

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 ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Commercial Coffee Brewers
The average American spends more than $1,092 a year on coffee, much of it on-the-go from specialty shops, convenience stores, and restaurants. The U.S. coffee industry generates over $36 billion annually in retail and foodservice sales. To aid in the evaluation of energy use and performance and ensure consumers’ morning cups of joe are brewed safely and efficiently, ASTM International has published an American National Standard (ANS).

ASTM F2990-12, Standard Test Method for Commercial Coffee Brewers, covers the evaluation of energy consumption, brewing, and holding performance of commercial coffee brewing machines used in commercial and institutional facilities. ASTM F2990-12 applies to single-cup and batch coffee brewers, and includes tests for maximum energy input rate, heavy use brewing energy consumption, and production capacity. The standard does not cover residential coffee brewers, “urn” coffee brewers, or espresso machines.

ASTM International, an ANSI organizational member and audited designator, seeks to develop voluntary consensus standards to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

Power Cables
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average annual electrical energy consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer is 11,280 kilowatt hours (kWh). In order to access that electrical energy, shielded power cables are used for transmission and distribution. Shielded cables provide protection to the cable insulation and equipment, and to people, and help keep electrical noise from affecting other signals and electromagnetic radiation from interfering with other electrical devices.

An ANS recently released by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) provides the requirements for conductors, insulation, protective coverings, and general constructional and dimensional details common to most standard shielded types of wires and cables. ANSI/NEMA WC 74/ICEA S-93-639-2012, 5-46kV Shielded Power Cable for Use in the Transmission and Distribution of Electric Energy, applies to materials, constructions, and testing of 5,000 V to 46,000 V shielded crosslinked polyethylene and ethylene propylene rubber insulated wires and cables used for the transmission and distribution of electrical energy for normal conditions of installation and service.

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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