The acronym DIN represents Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V., the German Institute for Standardization located in Berlin, Germany and official symbol associated with technical standardization in Germany. This national organization is the authority for Germany’s ISO standards. The institute has over thirty thousand worldwide established standards. Primarily, the standard addresses most areas of Information Technology.
Formed on May 18, 1917, the name Normalienausschuss für den allgemeinen Maschinenbau” (the “Standardizing Committee for Mechanical Engineering in General”) was changed later in 1975. This signified the fact that standards produced were not limited to industrial fields but other fields requiring standards. Also in 1975 the organization was recognized as the bearer of standards not only for German benefit but Europe as well.
Some examples of existing DIN standards include DIN and mini-DIN electrical connectors, as well as DIN rails. Mini-DIN electronic connectors represent the standard for electrical connectors and are related to those developed earlier as DIN connectors. They provide to date the most popular DIN476, which is a standard for A – series paper sizes in 1922. In 1975 this standard was accepted and recognized as international standard 1SO 216.
DIN facilitates the meeting of key stakeholder’s discussion and agreement on the standards for the areas of industry, commerce, trade as well as for public authorities and technical inspection bodies. Its membership is almost 1700 coming from the areas aforementioned.
Its membership fees help to provide financial support for the development of standards and give them power in the decision making as it relates to the selection of the best standards for each market. By carrying out its mandate DIN affords the ability for its members to participate in the work on various European Committees for Standards and because the standards are so widely accepted 85% the work done by DIN is on the international arena.