According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a standard can be defined as "a set of technical definitions, instructions, rules, guidelines, or characteristics set forth to provide consistent and comparable results, including:
Engineering standards typically fall into three categories:
A standard is typically represented by the acronym of the issuing organization followed by a number and date of issuance (e.g., ANSI B152.2-1982 or ISO 10096:1997). For help finding the name of a particular standard or whether a not a standard exists for a particular purpose, please visit the second tab of this guide. If you already know the name of the standard you wish to find, please visit the third tab for resources to locate standards.