The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) published two new
standards -- ISO 6953-1 & 2 -- specifying that suppliers of compressed air
regulators and filter regulators must include the products' main characteristics
in company literature. Although many suppliers already provide some
specification now, the NFPA committee that developed the standards agrees that a
standard list of characteristics would be helpful to end-users.
"If suppliers' commercial literature conforms to ISO 6953-1, it
ensures that users are able to compare one supplier's product with another more
easily. It also ensures that the information in any particular supplier's
literature is more complete than it may have been otherwise," says Karen Boehme,
NFPA's International Standards Development Manager. "Testing pressure regulators
using the methods in ISO 6953-2 gives users values determined in a standard way,
which allows them to compare the performance characteristics of products from
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