ASABE to adopt Definitions and Classifications of Agricultural Field Equipment.

Press Release Summary:

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) replaces ANSI/ASAE S390.5 standard with ANSI/ASAE S390.6 (ISO 12934:2013). The new standards include Definitions and Classifications of Agricultural Field Equipment which is basis document for ISO 12934. Harmonizing national and international standardization, the adoption aims at facilitating advancements in safety and manufacturing.

Original Press Release:

ASABE Adopts Agricultural Machinery Definition Standard

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has completed its adoption, with deviations, of ISO 12934:2013, Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry - Basic types – Definitions.

The new ASABE standard, ANSI/ASAE S390.6 (ISO 12934:2013), replaces ANSI/ASAE S390.5, Definitions and Classifications of Agricultural Field Equipment, which was used as a key basis document for the development of ISO 12934.

Under ordinary circumstances, designation of an ASABE’s adoption of an ISO document would include the ISO document number. In this case, however, the original ASABE designation has been retained because S390 is referenced within the US Code of Federal Regulations.

The adoption further harmonizes national and international standardization, a goal that facilitates manufacturing, safety advancements and product marketing worldwide.

ASABE members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access the full-text via electronic download on the ASABE online Technical Library at Others can obtain a copy for a fee directly from the library or by contacting ASABE headquarters at

ASABE is recognized worldwide as a standards developing organization for food, agricultural, and biological systems, with more than 250 standards currently in publication. Conformance to ASABE standards is voluntary, except where required by state, provincial, or other governmental requirements, and the documents are developed by consensus in accordance with procedures approved by the American National Standards Institute. For information on this or any other ASABE standard, contact Scott Cedarquist at 269-932-7031, A current listing of all ASABE standards projects can be found on the ASABE web site at

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300, emailing or visiting


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