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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Night Depositories to Aluminum Trusses

New York, Feb 23, 2004

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online 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:

Night Depositories
Night depositories permit the deposit of cash, checks, and similar items, from outside a building into a chute connected to a depository within the building, giving bank customers the option of making deposits after hours. Unfortunately, determined thieves sometimes attempt sophisticated methods of retrieving the contents of depositories.

ANSI member and accredited standards developer Underwriters Laboratories Inc. has published ANSI/UL 771-2004, Night Depositories, which covers the construction and security of night depository entrances. The standard is intended primarily for protection against theft of deposits by fishing the contents from the unit, trapping the deposits by preventing them from entering the unit, and then extracting the deposits; and entering the night depository by force with the aid of common burglary tools.

Aluminum Trusses for Entertainment
What do the Super Bowl Halftime Show, a Rolling Stones concert and the Phantom of the Opera have in common? They all employ staging equipment – such as aluminum trusses – that adhere to industry guidelines, including standards developed by the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.

E1.2-200x, Entertainment Technology - Design, Manufacture and Use of Aluminum Trusses and Towers, describes the design, manufacture and use of aluminum trusses, towers and associated aluminum structural components such as head blocks, sleeve blocks, bases, and corner blocks in the entertainment industry. Aluminum trusses and towers are standard structural components for rock and roll and other touring shows, and are used to support the overhead lighting and sound equipment, and also stage roofs when performances are held outdoors.

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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