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ANSI/OPEI standards for robotic mowers published

February 4, 2020By

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) published the robotic lawn mower standard. The standards were approved in September 2019. The standards were developed to provide an industry standard for robotic, battery-powered and electrical lawn mowers. They are the first of their kind and were developed from public input from consumers, manufacturers and commercial equipment... read more

Snow schism

December 18, 2015By
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SIMA’s new Glossary of Terms highlights a rift between the snow industry’s two associations. When a 52-year-old woman in Passaic, N.J., slipped and fell in her employer’s parking lot in 2011, the snow management company responsible for the property found itself in an unfortunate, financially-damaging situation. Last month, a jury awarded the woman $2.25 million, according to, finding Greg... read more

SIMA offers certificates for training program completion

April 30, 2015By

The Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA), an ANSI Accredited Program Certificate Issuer, is now offering certificates for any individual who completes one or more of the four courses of its Advanced Snow Management (ASM) training program. The ASM training program includes four courses: core principals, plowing operations, sidewalk operations and ice management. In addition, any individual that passes all... read more

AmericanHort celebrates first birthday

January 6, 2015By

Formally launched one year ago on Jan. 1, 2014 through the consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and OFA—The Association of Horticulture Professionals, AmericanHort recently celebrated its first birthday. “On our first birthday, we continue to recognize the legacy of the founding organizations, and we are celebrating the commitment, loyalty and dedication of our volunteers, members and staff,”... read more

AmericanHort revises American Standard for Nursery Stock

November 4, 2014By

AmericanHort published a revised American Standard for Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60.1), which now is downloadable for free at The standard highlights how nursery stock—living plants other than annuals—should be specified and sold within the trade. For instance, it includes how to measure and state the size of a plant, determine the acceptable relationship between the plant and the container... read more

ICC, ASABE unveil landscape irrigation sprinkler standard

October 17, 2014By

The International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) released a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) consensus standard—the ASABE/ICC 802-2014 Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard
—to classify sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, set uniform testing procedures and establish minimum design and performance requirements for commercial and residential landscape irrigation components. “For the first time, the... read more