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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Multipurpose Utility Vehicles to Magnet Wire

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

Multipurpose Utility Vehicles
Magnet wire, also known as winding wire, is an insulated copper or aluminum electrical conductor used in motors, transformers, and other electromagnetic equipment. When wound into a coil and energized, magnet wire creates an electromagnetic field for use in energy transformation as well as a wide range of communications applications and products such as computers, telephones, cell phones, video games, and televisions. In fact, approximately 90% of all electrical energy requires modification by magnet wire to be of any use.

To aid vendors in meeting requirements, specifications, and test procedures for the manufacturing and packaging of magnet wire, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently released ANSI/NEMA MW 1000-2011, Magnet Wire, the latest revision in the MW 1000 standard series. NEMA MW 1000-2011 reflects magnet wire end user requirements and state-of-the-art magnet wire manufacturing technologies. The revised ANS covers round, rectangular, square film insulated, and/or fibrous covered copper and aluminum magnet wire, and contains the 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.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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