Canada’s Participation in ISO TC 270
In 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.
Until 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
|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!
CAC ISO TC 270 needs your help!
Can you volunteer some time? Sign up!
Can you help direct us? Answer our questionnaire!
Need more information? Contact Doug Nix!