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By Chris Soranno
Many of the nomenclatures used in industry standards for machines rely on seemingly simple ranking systems; however, because many of the classifications utilize alphabetical or numerical designators, confusion is common. As is the case in many specific fields of study, one must first be familiar with the basic expressions that are often used to speak intelligently about a given topic. This article is a primer for those looking for a single reference source to understand this seemingly confusing lexicon.