Societies promote the practice of multi-disciplinary engineering as well as giving the industry a standardisation to work from for best practice.
Here's 6 societies mechanical engineers should know about to increase their knowledge of best practices and keep up-to-date with industry changes:
- Name: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Founded: 1880
- Website: https://www.asme.org/
- Description: ASME is an international non-profit education and technical organisation with more than 120,000 members worldwide and growing. Their aim is to promote art, science and allied science and the best practice of mechanical and multi-disciplinary engineering. The organisation has developed several codes and standards to enhance public safety and productivity of engineers.
- Name: American Society for Testing and Materials
- Founded: 1898
- Website: http://www.astm.org/
- Description: ASTM is one of the largest international standards developing organisations. These standards are developed under a process that embraces the World Trade Organisation Technical Barriers to trade agreement principles. They cover areas such as metal, paints, plastics, textiles, petroleum, energy, the environment, consumer products, medical services and devices and electronics.
- Name: Manufacturers Standardisation Society
- Founded: 1924
- Website: http://mss-hq.org/Store/index.cfm
- Description: MSS works within the valve and fittings industry and is a non-profit technical association. The organisation was developed to improve national and international standards of valves, valve actuators, valve modification, flanges, pipe hangers and associated seals. Their remit is to produced standardised practices for new and existing products for the industry.
- Name: American Petroleum Institute
- Founded: 1919
- Website: http://www.api.org/
- Description: API is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of American's oil and gas industry, supporting 400 corporate members. Despite having a primarily domestic focus, API are now used for research and statistics, industry standards and certification on equipment. They also work to certify inspectors of industry designed to keep companies in check of the conduct codes laid out by the API.
- Name: Pressure Equipment Directive
- Founded: 1997
- Website: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/pressure-and-gas/documents/ped/index_en.htm
- Description: The PED provides requirements for certain pressure equipment. Mandatory within the EU, the code for components being sent to the EU for work on pressure-retaining equipment has to be adhered to. The purpose of this is to standardise national laws regarding the design, manufacture, testing and conformity assessment of all pressure equipment.
- Name: American National Standards Institute
- Founded: 1916
- Website: http://www.ansi.org/
- Description: The voice of US standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI looks to strengthen the US within the global market place. It is worth noting that ANSI standards have now been adopted by ASME which has created confusion within the industry. More information on this topic can be found on Wermac.
For any machining engineers, keeping on top of the latest equipment, law changes and standardisations can be difficult. By following the latest information of any 6 of these societies will maintain and improve knowledge making for safer and more efficient ways of working on-site machining.