SUMMER 2017 EDITION
A quarterly piece in the WMIA newsletter to keep you informed about WMIA-administered US/ISO TAG activities.
I’m happy to report that we are just a few months from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) publishing the first four standards in the woodworking machinery safety series of standards (the 19085 series). These standards include Common requirements; Horizontal beam panel circular sawing machines; Dimension saws; and NC boring and routing machines. Keep an eye out for WMIA’s press release to bring attention to the new ISO standards. In preparation to adopt these standards as US national standards, the TAG has established a process by which subject matter experts will review the published standard closely to identify possible deviations that need to be addressed before adoption.
For those new to the association or new to the standards work of WMIA, we administer the U.S. Technology Advisory Group (TAG) tasked with providing technical input to international woodworking machinery standards. The ISO 19085 series of international standards provide technical safety requirements for the design and construction of woodworking machinery. It concerns designers, manufacturers, suppliers, and importers of the machines specified in the Scope of each standard.
The U.S. stakeholders participating in the work of the TAG are responsible for determining U.S. national consensus positions on woodworking machinery draft international standards under development. During the development process, working groups are formed to discuss topics in more detail and to resolve any technical issues. These working groups are composed of machine experts who volunteer their time and expertise to provide input into the drafting process.
WMIA encourages all people with expertise in specific machines (whether WMIA members or not) to contact Jeff Linder, TAG Administrator, at (571) 279-8342 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Any input can have a significant impact on the final standards that will affect the industry for years to come.