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Measurement, Control and Automation Resources throughout the World
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Standards Page of the Instrumentation Signpost
See also our Test & Measurement LinksStandards are becoming more and more inmportant in modern life. Safety, convenience, and the growth of international commerce ensure that uniformity of standards will govern more and more of industrial life.
One of the most controversial subjects in the Standards Area of Instrumentation and Control is that of Communications. We have produced the FieldBus Page to list links to as many Bus Pages we could find. Along with news of developments and shows and conferences.
And now the latest thing is Wireless. This page was launched at the end of 2006.
Remember the Millennium bug? Our Year 2000 web page had some important links and news in this area.
Arguably of more significance is the implimentation of what has been called Part 11. One of the most fundamental changes in process industry today is the introduction of electronic documentation. In quality management treaceability is of prime importance.
Safety and security are areas that have come to the fore in recent years and we have established pages on Cyber Security and Safety to talk about these subjects.
- ISA The Instrument, Systems, and Automation Society is an important standards formulating body in the area of Instrumentation and Control especially in the Americas.
- International Electrotechnical Commission.
They publish new standards, specifications and publications in Just Published which is delivered twice a month straight to your desktop. They now have a very useful IEC Webstore where you may purchase standards and related publications.
- The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) is headquartered in France.
- CENELEC is the Standards Body of the European Union. See also the European Commision page on measuring instruments
- Physical data from the US National Institute of Standards (NIST), including fundamental constants, is now available on their World Wide Web pages.
- There is more information available from The American National Standards Institute (ANSI). They host the National Standard System Network which lists up to 100,000 global standards abstracts.
- Another important source of standards is The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
- Need to keep a close tab on ISO activities? ISO on-line has recently been launched and you can tap it on internet via World Wide Web. They also include a list of Standardisation Bodies which is very useful. All material is in English or French. Included is a full catalogue of ISO standards and drafts, Meetings Calendar of the ISO Committee, Forum Service and details on how to get your hands on the actual standards themselves.
- A page mentioned to us by Greg Goagtes, Moderator of the ISO25 Discussion Group, is the ISO25 home page.
- PLCopen is a vendor and product-independent world-wide association that brings greater value to users of Programmable Controllers through the pursuit of the IEC 1131-3 open software development standard. They also have addresses in the USA and Japan.
- The new SMT Home Page is an information service offering access to a wide variety of comprehensive information on the European Union's SMT(Standards , Measurement and Testing) programme. This is part of the more comprehensive CORDIS - Community R&D Information Service.
- The UK National Physical Laboratory
- Standards in Ireland are under the aegis of NSAI - National Standards Authority of Ireland.
- You may be interested in sources for Quality Org Homepage for a comprehensive indexing and linking to pages and resources in this important area. Here are some other ISO 9000 Sites.
- Access to standards, research, software and databases through the US Environmental Protection Agency
- These WWW pages contain information about MiTS: The Maritime Information Technology Standard. It is an open communication standard originally developed for integrated ship control systems. Today it has also successfully been used in land-based applications.
- SERCOS is the only internationally approved open standard for motion control communications. This site is in North America.
Contacts and Resources
- IHS offers a broad base of engineering data from research and design to manufacturing and repair. They have over 800,ooo new and historic standards, specs., and codes in their famous standards shop!
- National Standards System Network (NSSN) is a system designed to provide a wide range of standards information from major international standards developers. At time of setting up this link it points to more than 60,000 standards. The project started with the awarding of funds from the US Government in late 1993 under their Technology Reinvestment Project to create an electronic infrastructure to link to databases of standards developers etc.
- The SM & T programme of the European Commission
The Standards Measurement and Testing Programme of the European Commission (DG XII Science Research & Development) may now be contacted by e-mail.
Questions related directly to the programme may be addressed to email@example.com.
Suitable formats for e-mail messages or RTF in which figures, diagrams and tables may be included, and BASE 664.
- UKAS United Kingdom Accreditation Service
- The FDA and CFSAN (The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition) describes functions and provides contacts for the validation of systems among many other topics.
- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an independent regulatory agency within the US Department of Energy. They have become innovative in the examination and insistance in standards for cyber security in the aftermath of the increased awareness of the vulnarability of important utilities, water, electricity etc to systematic or planned attack or indeed accidental damage through the abuse of the freedoms of internet.
- The Safety Link would appear to be the web's most comprehensive collection of product safety and standards links.
- If you want to learn about LCDs you could do worse than go to LCD Monitor Information where there is lots of information on this method of viewing information. This is not really a standards site but the information is useful.
- Though not specifically a standards site the Instrumentation and Control Q&A site is a very useful one in getting answers to problems in Instrumentation and Controls.
- The European Proficiency Testing Information System (EPTS) contains comprehensive information on regularly organised proficiency testing schemes (PTS) in the European Union.
- ROHS, REACH, EuP, Batteries directive - Global Legislation is a useful site from Farnell. It offers industry leading support and advice on how ROHS, REACH, WEEE and Batteries legislation impacts companies in the electronics industry.