PLASTICS announces new standards development opportunities 

May 17, 2024
Participants with injection molding and extrusion expertise needed to inform important discussions.

As an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developer, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is continually taking steps to improve equipment safety standards. The PLASTICS Standards Program maintains the B151 series — plastics processing machinery safety standards. 

An important part of PLASTICS’ role as an ANSI standards developer is to ensure that all interested stakeholders are offered the opportunity to have a seat at the table to participate in the development of these standards. 

To that end, Jeff Linder, director of Industry Standards for PLASTICS, is currently notifying interested parties about upcoming opportunities.

“Two important meetings are scheduled to take place soon, providing industry experts with an opportunity to discuss ways to enhance these standards,” Linder said. “If you supply or use injection molding machines and/or extrusion machines, we want your participation in these discussions or, at the very least, hope you’ll stay updated on their progress.”

Injection molding meeting: June 3-4 

The first meeting, scheduled for June 3-4, will review proposals for revisions to ANSI B151.1, which covers safety requirements for injection molding machines. The PLASTICS B151.1 Technical Committee aims to update the 2017 version with the latest information from the ANSI B11.19 Standard and, where feasible, align it with ISO 20430.

The committee warmly invites all stakeholders to attend this meeting to ensure that all perspectives are heard and considered as the committee develops a comprehensive and inclusive standard that will remain valid for at least five years. 

Extrusion meeting: June 18-20 

The second meeting, scheduled for June 18-20, is an ISO meeting that will continue the development of a preliminary draft for extrusion machines. This project will consider both the European and ANSI standards for extrusion machines. It is crucial that all stakeholders’ viewpoints and needs are taken into account to develop these standards, and all interested parties are encouraged to participate in this project.

All relevant expertise is welcome and encouraged 

Participation in these meetings is open to any industry professional with relevant expertise, and you do not have to be employed by a PLASTICS member company to participate. 
PLASTICS is committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to improve safety standards in the plastics processing industry. These meetings offer a unique opportunity to come together and work toward a common goal.

“We greatly appreciate the efforts of all who will contribute to our standards meetings and look forward to the industry’s continued success,” Linder said. 

Anyone interested in participating in these meetings or learning more about them is invited to contact Linder at [email protected].