The following is a partial list of standard issuing bodies for industry.
AASHTO - American Association of State and Highway Officials
ACI - American Concrete Institue
AGMA - American Gear Manufacturers Association
ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers
ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ANSI - American National Standards Institute
API - American Petroleum Institute
ASTM - ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials)
AWWA - American Water Works Association
IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISO - International Organization for Standardization
ITU - International Telecommunication Union
NACE - Corrosion Society
NFPA - National Fire Protection Association
SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers
UL - Underwriter Laboratories
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Standards Ordering Policy
This policy is for standards ordered from the SAI Global Standards database.
The requestor is affiliated with TAMU College Station, Galveston, or Qatar.
The standard is required for instruction or research (unfunded research).
In the case where the standard is required for a course, the print version of the standard will be ordered and placed in Course Reserves.
In the case where the standard(s) is needed for research, the TAMU/TAMUG/TAMUQ professor, researcher, or graduate student must request the standard. External co-researchers' requests will not be filled.
In order to ensure that the standards funds are distributed fairly, orders per person or lab are limited to $1000/year.
Only one copy of a standard will be ordered per person or lab.
Professors and researchers are expected to use their grant money to pay for their standards before they request standards from the TAMU Libraries.
Undergraduate requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Requests to support senior projects will generally be approved.
Whenever possible, electronic versions of standards will be ordered vs. print.
In general, orders for draft, cancelled, and superseded standards will not be filled. The requestor will be contacted to verify the order.
What is a Standard?
This guide is focused on engineering industry standards. In general, industry standards can be:
- accepted requirements followed by the members of that industry or
- are a set of criteria within an industry relating to the standard functional and carrying out of operations in their respective fields of production
Industry standards are issued by groups or associations of professionals in a given field of activity. Those standards reflect their collective consensus as to the proper way to ___ a thing:
Interestingly, industrial standards are largely voluntary standards. In the U.S., we follow national standards when available, otherwise we use international standards.
What are Active, Cancelled, & Superseded Standards?
These are definitions of some standard designations:
Issued - The first time a standard is published
Revised - an active standard that has been updated and republished
Reaffirmed - a standard which has been reviewed by the technical committee and determined to be current with no immediate revision
Cancelled - a standard that is is deemed to be 'not fit for use' due to technical reasons or when its technical requirements are totally superseded by another document
Superseded - A standard that has been replaced by a more recent standard. The replacement standard might bear the same number and title.
Withdrawn - when a standard is not up to date technically, does not reflect current practice or research, not suitable for new and existing applications, not compatible with current views and expectations regarding quality, safety, and the environment