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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!

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!

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