World Standards DayWorld Standards Day – celebrated yearly on Oct. 14 – offers an opportunity for AEM, its members and the equipment manufacturing industry as a whole to pay tribute to those experts and organizations tasked with developing the international standards that affect our world.

Standards are the world’s common language, and they guide and shape the innovation happening each and every day – including the equipment and components manufactured by AEM’s members.

“The impact of standards can be felt all round us, from those associated with the products we use every day to those that impact the cutting-edge technologies that put rockets into space and allow race cars to travel at hundreds of miles per hour,” said AEM Senior Director of Technical and Safety Services Mike Pankonin.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published more than 22,800 standards to date, covering almost every industry, from technology and food safety to agriculture and healthcare. ISO is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world's largest developer of voluntary international standards. ISO comprises 164 member countries who are the national standards bodies around the world, with a central secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Standards are developed by groups of engineers and other experts, and they are the result of cooperation between technical professionals, companies, industry groups (like AEM), and government and consumer representatives. They represent the combined expertise of those who have a stake in the technology, working to agree upon requirements and best practices. The creation of standards is also aided by a wealth of standards development organizations (SDOs). 

“It takes an incredible amount of time, effort and resources to develop the standards that ensure the safety and well-being of the society around us,” said Pankonin. “So, in commemorating World Standards Day, we commend those experts and organizations who work diligently to develop and publish the standards that positively impact our world every day.”

For more information on AEM’s involvement in standards development, contact Mike Pankonin at mpankonin@aem.org.

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