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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Molding Machines to Fiber Optics


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Molding Machines
Molding machines use metals, glass, elastomers, thermoplastics, and polymers to create molds of wire, packaging, bottle caps, automotive and mechanical parts, combs, musical instruments, plastic products, and innumerable other industrial and household items. To protect personnel working on or adjacent to vertical clamp injection molding machines (VCIMMs), a revised American National Standard (ANS) has been published by SPI - The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

This ANS, in conjunction with ANSI/CEA 709.1, Control Network Protocol Specification, specifies the physical layer (OSI Layer 1) requirements for the fiber optic channel that encompasses the interface to the media access control (MAC) layer and the interface to the medium. The single-fiber channel specified in ANSI/CEA 709.4-2013 allows two nodes to communicate bi-directionally across a single piece of fiber cable, minimizing complexity of the fiber interconnect.

CEA, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the consumer technology industry. CEA serves its membership and stakeholders through market research, advocacy, educational programs, technical training, standardization, and certification programs.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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