The Logan Library realizes that students may need a copy of a specific standard for their design project.
If a design team needs a specific standard for a design team project, please do the following:
1) One student from the design team needs to send the following to the professor for which the standard is required:
* The exact standard title, standard number, and standard publication year for the unique standard required to complete their class project.
* The exact standard title, standard number, and standard publication year of the unique standard required to complete the team's class project.
3) The Logan Library will purchase one copy of a needed standard and notify the student when the standard is available for check out at the Logan Library's circulation desk.
If the loan period for borrowing a standard from the Logan Library needs to be adjusted, these are the loan period times often granted by library staff members:
1 day in library use – faculty
member places a standard on
reserve for in library use only
7 days - faculty member borrows
a standard to use outside the
library in a class or lab
4 weeks – student borrows a
standard that was purchased
specifically for his/her senior
design team’s project to use
outside of the library
4 weeks – faculty or staff
member borrows a standard
that is not currently being
used by a design team
4) The student that receives the standard is responsible for ensuring that physical copy of the standard is returned to the Logan Library by the date due.
Note: All standards checked
out to seniors must be returned
to the Logan Library no later
than two weeks before they
Standards in the Library Catalog
To identify the Individual standards that have been purchased by the Logan Library, access the library catalog, click on the Advanced Search tab, pull down the All Fields menu to Title of Collection, type standards in the search box, and click on search. You may browse the titles or further refine your search. If you are searching for a specific standard in the library catalog, type the standard number in the All Fields search box as a Keyword. For example, search for ISO 14971.
ASTM and SAE Ground Vehicle Standards
A complete set of ASTM International Standards for the year 2015 are available on the Rose-Hulman end user computer, on the main floor of the Logan Library, near the reference desk. Since the ASTM Website offers a better search interface for standards, you may want to do your standards search on the website and then access the full text of the standard at the end user computer by using the standard number. Keep in mind that the ASTM website will identify the most updated version of standards. The standards, which are available on the library's end user computer outside of the large conference room, were last updated in October 2015.
A complete set of the SAE Ground Vehicle Standards (“J Standards”) are also available on the library's end user computer outside of the large conference room.
Standards Not Currently Available at Rose-Hulman
Standards not currently available at Rose-Hulman can be requested via Interlibrary Loan. Lending libraries sometimes lend standards that were published prior to 2005. If a standard is not available via Interlibrary Loan and a quote can be obtained by the Logan Library, it will be provided to the Rose-Hulman requestor. Any standard purchased by the Logan Library must be approved by the professor of the class for which the standard is required and by the library director.
What are standards?
Standards are published documents created to ensure the reliability of the materials, products, methods, and/or services. They establish requirements, specifications, guidelines, characteristics, and/or procedures designed. Typically, they are developed through a consensus process and approved by various national and international agencies, professional societies, or industry organizations. Standards are the minimally accepted professional practice and/or quality that must be observed.
How are standards developed?
The following are a few examples of how standards organizations develop their standards.
ISO - "Like a symphony, it takes a lot of people working together to develop a standard. ISO’s role is similar to that of a conductor, while the orchestra is made up of independent technical experts nominated by our members. The experts form a technical committee that is responsible for a specific subject area. They begin the process with the development of a draft that meets a specific market need. This is then shared for commenting and further discussion. The voting process is the key to consensus. If that’s achieved then the draft is on its way to becoming an ISO standard. If agreement isn’t reached then the draft will be modified further, and voted on again. From first proposal to final publication, developing a standard usually takes about 3 years." - https://www.iso.org/developing-standards.html
ASTM - "A full consensus standard is developed by a cross-section of stakeholders with an interest in its use. When there is a need for new standards, requests can come from trade associations, government agencies, and professional societies that do not create their own standards; or manufacturers, consumer groups, and even individuals. The request is presented to an ASTM technical committee and the process of standards development begins." - https://www.astm.org/studentmember/StandardsProcess.html
How long are standards active?
The time frame in which a standard remains active varies based on the standards organization's review and revision processes.
Who uses standards?
Small businesses, national and international businesses, governments, engineers, scientists, architects, designers, students, etc.
Why are standards important?
What are some of the risks of not identifying and not complying with relevant current standards?
What types of standards exist?
The following are a few examples of how different standards granting organizations publish different types of standards.
What are the major sources of standards?
While the US tends to have a stakeholder-driven development process, the rest of the world tends to have a politically-drive, government-based, standards development process. In the US there are hundreds of decentralized, non-government standards development organizations active. ANSI is the US's official coordinator of these organizations.
How are standards named?
Standards are named using the acronym of the standard granting organization, the number of the standard, and the year the standard was issued.
American National Standards Institute. “An Introduction to Standards.” American National Standards Institute, 2010. Web. 9 Dec 2013.
ASTM International. “ASTM Standards and You: The Role of Standards in Our Everyday Lives.” ASTM International. Web. 11 Jul 2014. <<http://www.astm.org/studentmember/Learning_Modules.html>>.
IEEE Standards Association. "Develop Standards." IEEE Standards Association. Web. 5 Sep 2014. <<http://standards.ieee.org/develop/overview.html>>.
International Organization for Standardization. "Standards." International Organization for Standardization. Web. 14 Jul 2014. <<http://www.iso.org/iso/home/standards.htm>>.
Selected Standards Search Engines and Vendors
To access the standards training module:
Standard - A standard is a technical publication created to ensure the reliability of the materials, products, methods, and/or services. They establish the technical requirements, specifications, guidelines, characteristics, and/or procedures designed. Standards are recommend set of design tolerances, practices, operations, manufacturing methods, or uses of equipment within a specified environment. Standards are not mandatory by law, unless they are adopted as a code or regulation.
Code - A code is a type of standard that is adopted and enforced by one or more governmental agencies. Unlike a general industry standard, a code MUST be followed when it has been adopted into law in a specific geographical/political region or when it has been included in a contractual agreement. The National Electrical Code (NFPA-70) is an example of this type of standard. Every state in the United States adopted it to protect people from electrical hazards. Model codes, which are developed to become industry wide standards, are not enforceable until they are adopted by a jurisdiction. The International Building Code is an example of a model code.
Regulations - A regulation is a type of standard that has been mandated by law. Regulations specify legally obligated requirements that must be met under specific laws and implement general agency objectives. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations are an example of this type of standard.
Corporate/Institutional Standards - Standards are instructions, specifications or measurements that serve as minimally accepted requirements for expected normal practices in a specific organization.