World Standards Day: How standardisation makes our life easier and safer

Standards contribute to global trade development, increase profitability and safety.
Weltnormentag - World Standards Day 2016
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If the German plug doesn’t fit into the socket, you may have been travelling to Switzerland. Once, things don’t work the way we take for granted we become aware of how standards make our life easier. Without national (DIN), European (EN) and International standards (ISO), products circulating in the global market were even more incompatible and non-uniform. This does not only cause irritation, but also entails a waste of material and workforce.

Thanks to the regulated standards, manufacturers and consumers can rely on regulations and features that have been developed by thousands of technical experts worldwide. This way, the letter fits in the envelope and the nut on the screw. Standards contribute to global trade development, increase profitability and safety. The regulations, which are harmonized in international standards, make it possible for products, services and technologies from different providers to be combined with one another worldwide.

The World Standards Day is dedicated to the foundation day of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which has been founded in 1946. ISO is based in Geneva, Switzerland, where SEV plugs are in use – bad luck for German travelers.

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