Promoted and supported by the Italian plastics and rubber processing machinery and molds manufacturers’ Association (Assocomaplast), a new Technical Committee, called 270 Plastics and Rubber Machines, has been activated recently by International organization for standardization (ISO). The Secretariat of such Committee has been given to Italian organization for standardization (UNI), Paola Visintin) and the kick-off meeting took place in Milan on December 13, 2012.
Scope of ISO/TC 270 is the standardization in the field of machines used for the preparation, processing and recovery of plastics and rubber, including the detailed safety requirements for a particular machine. Such requirements are applicable to the design, construction and use of machinery for the plastics and rubber industry, addressing hazards, hazardous situations and hazardous events. Moreover, the Technical Committee could take into consideration other issues such as machine classification and measurement of energy consumption.
Eleven countries: Armenia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland, UK, US have joined the ISO/TC 270 as Participating Members; other four countries: Ecuador, South Korea, Spain, Thailand joined as Observers. Seven delegations from China, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, UK, US took part in the first meeting.
During the meeting, Claudio Celata from ASSOCOMAPLAST has been appointed ISO/TC 270 Chairman, as he has a long experience as Chairman in the parallel Technical Committee of CEN (145), which has already defined 19 safety standards for as many kinds of plastics and rubber machines. Moreover, it has been decided to activate a first Working Group (WG 1), which will deal with safety requirements for injection molding machines and will be convened by Bernd Nötel, from DIN/VDMA.