Standards and Certification Chronology


Year Event
1884 Code for the Conduct of Trials of Steam Boilers — first Performance Test Code
1886-87 Standard for the Diameter and Overall Dimensions of Pipe and Its Threaded Ends
1889-91 Committee for the creation of a federal commission to recommend standards and a bureau for their maintenance
1890 Establishment of a Committee on Standard Methods of Testing Locomotives
1891-92 Method of Conducting Duty Trials of Pumping Engines
1892 Committee formed to prepare a proposed Standard for Divergences in Flange Diameter
1893 Standard Method of Conducting Efficiency Tests of Locomotives
1899 Standard for Divergences in Flange Diameters
1899 Establishment of a Committee on Standards for Direct-Connected Generating Sets
1901-02 Standard for Pipe Unions
1901-02 Proposed Standard for Machine Screw Thread Sizes
1901 Standard for Direct-Connected Generating Sets
1905 Standard Proportions for Machine Screws
1911 Establishment of a committee to propose a Boiler Code
1913 New Committee to revise the Boiler Code
1914-15 First publication of the Boiler Code
1915 Standards for Specifications and Construction of Boilers and Other Containing Vessels in Which High Pressure is Contained
1915 Standards for Engineering Drawings
1916 Code of Safety Standards for Cranes
1917 Code of Safety Standards for Industrial Ladders
1918 American Engineering Standards Committee (later to be known as ANSI) formed
1919 Standards of Carburetor Performance
1919 Formulation of Committee on Power Test Codes
1921 First elevator code issued
1922 Code for Displacement Compressors and Blowers
1922 Test Code for Hydraulic Power plants and Their Equipment
1923 Test Code for Locomotives (preliminary)
1923 Test Code for Internal Combustion Engines
1924 ASME Codes for Unfired Pressure Vessels
1925 ASME publishes two American Engineers Standards Committee Standards — Machinery Shafting and Transmission Shafting
1926 Proposed Standard for Spur Gear Tooth Form
1926 Tentative American Standard for Steel Pipe Flanges and Flange Fittings
1927 Tentative Standards for Round Unslotted Head Bolts
1928 Committee for Standard for Integrally Forged Flanges for Hydroelectric Units
1928 American National Standards Committee reorganized as the American Standards Association (known as the American National Standards Institute, ANSI, since 1969)
1929 Test Code for Liquid Fuels
1930 Test Code of Complete Steam-Electric Power Plants
1931 Proposed ASME Standard for Integrally Forged Flanges for Hydroelectric Units
1931 American Standard Safety Code for Elevators, second revision
1933 New Standards for Gear Materials and Blanks, Shafting and Stock Keys
1939 Turbine Generator Standards
1946 Interpretations of Safety Codes for Elevators
1946 Modifications Approved for Safety Code for Elevators
1947 International Organization for Standardization (ISO) formed
1947 ISO adopts first standard — screw threads (ASME)
1948 The American Standards Association (now ANSI) incorporates
1949 ASME and the American Public Health Association call for Unified National Plumbing Code (five different codes currently exist)
1949 Proposed Revision to Safety Code for Elevators
1956 Committee established for ASME Pressure Vessel Code for Nuclear Age
1963 Proposed Section III (Nuclear Power) of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee
1968 Proposed Performance Test Code for Nuclear Reactor Fuel
1969 First piping shipped that is certified by company accredited under the Nuclear Power Piping Code
1969 ISO adopts uniform, worldwide rating point for gas turbines using ASME?s Gas Turbine Performance Test Code
1972 ASME expanded its accreditation program from North America to rest of world
1983 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code published in both conventional and metric units
1986 ASME began accreditation programs for elevator inspector certification institutes
1989 Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code published on CD-ROM
1991 ASME completed criteria and validated examinations for certifying resource facility operators
1993 ASME is recognized by national and international certifiers as an ISO 9000 registrar
1996 ASME established certification programs for operators of resource recovery facilities and medical hazardous waste incinerators

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