Did You Know....
The organization now known as ANSI was founded in 1918.

Short Course: Through History with Standards

Throughout its more than 100-year history, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has maintained as its primary goal the enhancement of global competitiveness of U.S. business and the American quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and promoting their integrity. But standards existed long before ANSI was formed. Let's take a quick look across several centuries to see how standards - and their impact on commerce and society - have evolved.


This quick overview will demonstrate how standards have evolved over time.

Examples include:

  • Measurement (the Ell)
  • Railroad Tracks
  • Standard Parts
  • Interchangability
  • Electric Lamps
  • Safety


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Course objectives:

To provide an entertaining and informative introduction to standardization over a span of several centuries.

2011 Schedule of Open Sessions