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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Tunnel Lighting to Bulk Milk Dispensers


New York, Feb 16, 2012

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

Tunnel Lighting
Trains, subways, and automobiles travel through tunnels that run beneath water, under cities, and through mountains. Visibility in these tunnels relies upon complex lighting systems. To aid designers and engineers in providing safe and effective tunnel lighting solutions, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recently published ANSI/IES RP-22-11, Tunnel Lighting.

ANSI/IES RP-22-11 revises the 2005 edition of this American National Standard (ANS). The standard offers recommended practices that assist engineers and designers in determining lighting needs, recommending solutions, and evaluating visibility at tunnel approaches and interiors. Updates in the 2011 edition include revisions to the transition curve, wall illumination measurement methods, a new calculation and field measurement grid, and a new annex on calculating tunnel wall luminance.

IES, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is a scientific society founded in 1906 to advance the art, science, and engineering of lighting and illumination. IES seeks to improve the lighted environment through education, standards, and services that are energy efficient and benefit the public.

Bulk Milk Dispensers
Thanks to a recently released standard from ASTM International, there’s no need to cry over spilled milk. ASTM F2891-10, Standard Specification for Commercial Bulk Milk Dispensers, Mechanically Refrigerated, sets down requirements for commercial bulk milk dispensers used in cafeterias, restaurants, coffee shops, buffet lines, quickie marts, and other locations where milk is served.

The standard covers bulk milk dispensers used in both commercial and institutional food service establishments, and classifies dispensers by type, electrical class, and size. ASTM F2891-10 encompasses design and manufacturing, cooling systems, controls, and accessories, as well as the sampling, testing, and performance of finished units.

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.

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