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What are engineering standards?
Standards play a very important part in the engineering world. They supplement the design process by guiding the designer or user to ensure consistent products with safe and reliable operation. Understanding and complying with pertinent standards helps to ensure a successful design, fabrication, and operation of a product.
Engineering standards describe the important features of a product, service or system. There is also a current set of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards in reference [Ref. TA 401.A653], currently located on the 3rd floor.
Coverage: 1931 - present
Access to all of ASTM's 12,500+ standards, 1,500+ books, scholarly articles from their 9 journal publications, and more than 47,000+ papers, chapters and articles, as well as online training courses and videos. The standards cover active, redline, and historical standards.
These are the professional organizations developing standards for mechanical engineering:
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
ANSI is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASME is the leading international developer of codes and standards associated with the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering. Starting with the first issuance of its legendary Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code in 1914, ASME's codes and standards have grown to nearly 600 offerings currently in print. These offerings cover a breadth of topics, including pressure technology, nuclear plants, elevators / escalators, construction, engineering design, standardization, and performance testing.
International Organization for Standardization
ISO develops International Standards. We were founded in 1947, and since then have published more than 19,500 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and business. From food safety to computers, and agriculture to healthcare, ISO International Standards impact all our lives.
An engineering code contains a collection of rules or regulations which provide correct procedures to maintain uniformity and safety.