Sunday, September 11, 2005

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

TIA Daily reader Fred Willis writes:

Please consider the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for the TIA human achievement column.

ASME was founded in 1880 to promote the interchange of technical information; it later became involved in developing boiler codes.

In the 1800’s, as steam power became prevalent, many boiler explosions occurred since steam pressure effects and regulating steam methods were barely known. The ASME standards greatly reduced and, I believe, eliminated boiler explosions.

ASME later became involved in establishing piping codes for multiple industries including nuclear, power, and chemical. At present, ASME maintains, reviews and updates over 600 codes covering many manufactured items from pressure vessels to screw threads.

ASME codes are written into equipment and construction specifications, failure to meet the codes can have legal effects and the codes influence extend world wide. Foreign made equipment must conform to ASME codes or equivalent codes.

I am sure most people do not know ASME or its codes even exist, because boilers do not now explode, piping ruptures are rare, screw threads are interchangeable and when multiple components from multiple manufacturers are assembled together they do not rupture when
pressurized.

For these reasons I believe ASME is a human achievement.

Click here to visit ASME.

"Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today's ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community. ASME conducts one of the world's largest
technical publishing operations, holds numerous technical conferences worldwide, and offers hundreds of professional development courses each year. ASME sets internationally recognized industrial and manufacturing codes and standards that enhance public safety."

-- selection and editing by Shrikant Rangnekar

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