Machinery Safety 101

New Directions in Plastics Machinery

Update to this art­icle, Septem­ber 2020. ISO 20430 was pub­lished in April 2020. ISO/TC 270 is now devel­op­ing ISO 23582 – 1 — Plastics and rub­ber machines — Clamp­ing sys­tems — Part 1: Safety require­ments for mag­net­ic clamp­ing sys­tems. Pub­lic review of ISO 23582 – 1 will be start­ing in the com­ing weeks, so if you have an interest in this area you should watch the pub­lic review sec­tion of your Nation­al Stand­ards Body. For Cana­dians, see the SCC ISO Pub­lic Review Portal. If you are not a Cana­dian, please con­tact your Nation­al Stand­ards Body for more information.

Anoth­er pro­ject is planned for devel­op­ment in ISO/TC 270: ISO 22506 — Plastics and rub­ber machines — Safety require­ments for extru­sion machines for plastics. This pro­ject has not star­ted yet. If you are a tech­nic­al expert in plastics extru­sion and would like to get involved in devel­op­ing the stand­ard, you can apply for mem­ber­ship through the Stand­ards Coun­cil of Canada, If you are not a Cana­dian, please con­tact your Nation­al Stand­ards Body to apply for mem­ber­ship in ISO/TC 270. – DN

Canada’s Participation in ISO TC 270

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In Feb­ru­ary of 2016, Canada formed a Stand­ards Mir­ror Com­mit­tee (SMC) to ISO TC 270, Rub­ber and Plastics Machinery. This inter­na­tion­al tech­nic­al com­mit­tee pub­lished ISO 20430, the first inter­na­tion­al plastic injec­tion mould­ing machine stand­ard in April 2020. Until the pub­lic­a­tion of ISO 20430, two stand­ards have been fight­ing for dom­in­ance in the industry: 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 Chem­istry Industry Asso­ci­ation of Canada. 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.

Why now?

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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, put­ting 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 Cat­egoryMinMaxCur­rent
Pro­du­cer Interest (PI)353
User Interest, Man­age­ment (UM)351
User Interest, Labour (UL)350
Reg­u­lat­ory Author­ity (RA)351
Gen­er­al Interest (GI)351
Total 15 25 6

As you can see from the table, we need mem­bers in every group 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.

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