The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has submitted a proposal for a new field of activity on foundry machinery. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by the end of the business day on Friday, January 15, 2016.
The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) submitted the work item proposal, which details that standardization of foundry machinery is to include terminology, classification, specifications, test methods, and quality requirements of sand preparation equipment, moulding equipment, core-making equipment, die-casting equipment (die-casting machines, low-pressure casting machines, centrifugal casting machines, gravity casting machines), and casting cleaning and grinding equipment, among other machinery.
Such standards will provide a technical basis for global trade and cooperation and promote technological process and products upgrading, as well as improve green foundry machinery production and quality.
Stakeholders of foundry machinery—and those affected by implementation of its related standards—include manufacturers, buyers, distributors, government agencies, and third-party agencies The document explains that the formulation and revision of international standards in the fields of foundry machinery will be launched covering three levels: levels A and B form the basis for formulating foundry machinery standards, while level C is for product applications.
Level A: In this level, the new technical committee (TC) will focus on basic standards covering terminology and classification of foundry machinery-related products.
Level B: This level covers standards related to methods, including test methods of physical and mechanical properties of foundry and machinery.
Level C: This level covers standards on products, including standards of related products of foundry machinery.
The "basic" standards of foundry machinery include terminology on foundry machinery such as moulding machinery, core making machinery, die-casting machinery, and shot blasting machinery. Standards on methods of foundry machinery include test methods of noise, accuracy, and energy consumption on foundry machinery. Standards on products of foundry machinery are to include safety requirements.
There is no active technical committee for standardization directly related to foundry machinery in ISO nor the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). All interested stakeholders are invited to review the proposal and submit comments to Steve Cornish, ANSI director of international policy (firstname.lastname@example.org), by close of business on January 15, 2016. Based on the input received, the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) will then be asked to approve an ANSI position and comments to be submitted to ISO before its March 3, 2016, deadline for voting on this proposal.
ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC.