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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Animal-Drawn Equipment to Hydrogen Dispensing Systems


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:

Animal-Drawn Equipment
Animal-drawn equipment has been in continuous use since the invention of the wheel in the fifth millennium BCE. Today, more than two million animals are utilized for the purposes of farming, recreation, and transportation. To ensure the safety of drivers and animals on roadways in today's fast-paced world, an American National Standard (ANS) was published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

This new ANS covers the safe operation, substantial and durable construction, and performance testing of the mechanical and electrical features of newly manufactured hydrogen gas dispensing systems for vehicles, intended primarily to dispense fuel directly into the vehicle fuel storage container. ANSI/CSA HGV 4.1-2013 applies to compressed hydrogen gas for vehicle (HGV) dispensers that have the capability of independently fueling more than one vehicle simultaneously and that integrate in a single unit multiple dispensing functions, including fuel metering, registering, control and management devices, vehicle fuel cylinder overfill, and over pressure protection of hoses with nozzles. This standard does not apply to dispensers that are part of a modular fueling station with remote fuel metering, registering, control, and management devices.

CSA Group, an ANSI accredited standards developer and organizational member, is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good, and sustainability through standards development, training, global testing, consumer product evaluation services, and certification services covering industries such as plumbing, construction, medical, safety, technology, appliances, gas, alternative energy, and lighting.


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