New Directions in Plastics Machinery

Canada’s Participation in ISO TC 270

SCC Standards Council of Canada LogoIn Feb­ru­ary of 2016, Cana­da formed the SCC Mir­ror Com­mit­tee (SMC) to ISO TC 270, Rub­ber and Plas­tics Machin­ery. This inter­na­tion­al tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee is cur­rent­ly devel­op­ing ISO 20430, the first inter­na­tion­al plas­tic injec­tion mould­ing machine stan­dard. Until the pub­li­ca­tion of ISO 20430, two stan­dards have been fight­ing for dom­i­nance: EN 201, Plas­tics and rub­ber machines — Injec­tion mould­ing machines — Safe­ty require­ments, and ANSI B151.1, Amer­i­can Nation­al Stan­dard for Plas­tics Machin­ery — Hor­i­zon­tal Injec­tion Mould­ing Machines — Safe­ty Require­ments for man­u­fac­ture, Care and Use.

Cana­da has a strong plas­tic and rub­ber indus­try, with key equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers like Athena Automa­tion, Husky Injec­tion Mold­ing Sys­tems, Mold Mas­ters and GN Plas­tics among oth­ers pro­duc­ing world class machin­ery for the indus­try. The indus­try is rep­re­sent­ed nation­al­ly by the Cana­di­an Plas­tics Indus­try Asso­ci­a­tion. Despite this, Cana­da has nev­er had its own stan­dard for this type of machin­ery.

Involve­ment in ISO TC 270 allows Canada’s plas­tics indus­try to have a voice in devel­op­ing the inter­na­tion­al stan­dards for the machin­ery they design and build, and which ever more com­mon­ly, they buy and use.

The com­mit­tee needs your help to know which way Cana­di­an indus­try wants us to focus our efforts as the work on ISO 20430 wraps up in com­ing months. We have a short sur­vey, just three ques­tions long, where you can rank five pos­si­ble top­ics we can focus on. We will be sub­mit­ting our com­mit­tee vote in ear­ly August on the top­ic, so you have a month or so to answer the ques­tion­naire. Let us know your pref­er­ences.

Why now?

ISO LogoUntil the pub­li­ca­tion of ISO 20430, two stan­dards have been fight­ing for dom­i­nance: EN 201 in Europe, and ANSI B151.1 in North Amer­i­ca. Until the rel­a­tive­ly recent for­ma­tion of ISO TC 270 in 2012, there were NO inter­na­tion­al stan­dards for this type of machin­ery. While there have been some efforts to har­monise the Euro­pean and ANSI stan­dards, there are still some sig­nif­i­cant gaps between these stan­dards. In addi­tion, ANSI’s B151 com­mit­tee has a num­ber of addi­tion­al stan­dards for aux­il­iary equip­ment for items like robots designed to unload molds, that are not direct­ly addressed in EN stan­dards.

Cana­da was giv­en a chance to par­tic­i­pate through our ongo­ing friend­ship with ANSI and the USA, so between 2012 and 2015, Cana­di­an del­e­gates attend­ed ISO TC 270 work­ing group meet­ings infor­mal­ly, and put Canada’s per­spec­tive for­ward through the US ANSI TAG com­mit­tee, but in 2016 it became clear that we need­ed to form our own com­mit­tee. If you are involved in the indus­try and you are a mem­ber of one of these gen­er­al groups and would like to get involved with stan­dards devel­op­ment, please go to our recruit­ing page and join us!

Committee Membership Matrix

Matrix Cat­e­go­ry Min Max Cur­rent
Total  15  25  6
Pro­duc­er Inter­est (PI) 3 5 3
User Inter­est, Man­age­ment (UM) 3 5 1
User Inter­est, Labour (UL) 3 5 0
Reg­u­la­to­ry Author­i­ty (RA) 3 5 1
Gen­er­al Inter­est (GI) 3 5 1

As you can see from the table, we need mem­bers in every group except the pro­duc­ers to meet our intend­ed bal­ance.

Definitions of the Categories

Pro­duc­er Inter­est (PI) — Machine builders, Aux­il­iary Equip­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers, Con­sul­tants, and Engi­neer­ing Com­pa­nies pro­vid­ing for-prof­it ser­vices relat­ed to plas­tics and rub­ber machin­ery.

User Inter­est, Labour (UL) — Cana­di­an labour unions, labour orga­ni­za­tions, and indi­vid­ual work­ers locat­ed at Cana­di­an work­places.

User Inter­est, Man­age­ment (UM) — Trade asso­ci­a­tions, com­pa­nies, con­trac­tors, and orga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing com­pa­nies engaged in work per­formed in Cana­da.

Reg­u­la­to­ry Author­i­ties (RA)OHS provin­cial and fed­er­al reg­u­la­to­ry bod­ies (labour and elec­tri­cal).

Gen­er­al Inter­est (GI) — Safe­ty asso­ci­a­tions, research orga­ni­za­tions, insti­tu­tions, and non-com­mer­cial con­sul­tants who have exper­tise in the sub­ject area.

We need your help!

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Author: Doug Nix

Doug Nix is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. ( in Kitchener, Ontario, and is Lead Author and Senior Editor of the Machinery Safety 101 blog. Doug's work includes teaching machinery risk assessment techniques privately and through Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, Ontario, as well as providing technical services and training programs to clients related to risk assessment, industrial machinery safety, safety-related control system integration and reliability, laser safety and regulatory conformity. For more see Doug's LinkedIn profile.