By Denise Husenica, NFPA International Standards Development Manager, Secretary, ISO/TC 131 and Administrator, U.S. Technical Advisory Groups
The International Standards Organization (ISO) began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries met in London to create a new international organization “to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards.” Since then, ISO has published over 22,230 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing. ISO members hail from 160 countries and consist of 783 technical committees, subcommittees, and working groups to take care of standards development.
ISO Standards, technical specifications, and technical reports play a key role in fluid power technology. Designing, assembling and maintaining a hydraulic or pneumatic system typically involves putting together a variety of components, often from a variety of suppliers. Without standards for dimensional interchangeability, performance measurement and communication, safety requirements, and testing and inspection methods, these processes would be much more difficult.
ISO Technical Committee 131, fluid power systems, is responsible for 225 published ISO Standards with 44 currently under development. Since 1969, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) has worked to foster cooperation among users and manufacturers by being involved in the development of fluid power ISO standards. A public copy of the TC 131 Strategic Business Plan can be found at https://www.iso.org/committee/52232.html.
Standards benefit users because they:
Standards benefit manufacturers because they:
Standards for fluid power products and systems fall into three basic categories:
One of the strengths of ISO standards is that they are created by the people who need them. In the United States, 145 fluid power industry experts drive all aspects of the standards development process, from deciding whether a new standard is needed to defining the technical content.
Getting involved in this process can bring significant advantages to participating individuals and businesses alike. For example, by:
Getting involved in standards development brings your concerns and needs to bear on the process that can affect you in the future.
To learn more about the development of fluid power ISO standards contact Denise Husenica at (414) 778-3354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.