The Plastics Industry Association's Machinery Safety Technical Committee is seeking experts for four standards working groups. Anyone interested in joining, contact Megan Hayes, the trade group's director of industry standards, at [email protected].
The working groups are:
• Extrusion: B151.7-2014. Safety requirements for extrusion machines are due for a five-year review in 2019 and will serve as the base document for the ISO project related to extrusion. The working group will review the document and make any necessary changes.
• Robots: B151.27-2013. Safety requirements for the integration of robots with injection molding machines was due for a five-year review in 2018. This working group will review technical documents, including guidelines for electrical interface and mounting patterns, related to robots and injection presses and provide a recommendation back to the committee. The first call was for this group was scheduled for Dec. 12.
• Blow Molding: B151.31-2014. Safety requirements for blow molding machines is due for a five-year review in 2019. This working group will review the document and make a recommendation regarding whether to revise, reaffirm or withdraw.
• Safety signs: AN-137. The recommended guidance for safety signs for plastics machinery and related equipment needs to be reviewed to determine whether there are certain plastics-specific safety signs that should be retained for future use.
The Plastics Industry Association in Washington is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop, approve, revise or withdraw national standards and technical reports covering the manufacture, integration, care and use of plastics machinery or materials throughout the supply chain. These standards and guidelines include requirements for both manufacturers and users — the processor.
To meet ANSI balance requirements, the Machinery Safety Committee needs additional members from outside the manufacturing sector.
For information, contact the equipment council staff at [email protected].