BSI has published a very useful blog post, Machine Tools the Mother Machines: A Collaborative Approach to Standardization, written by Delme Stephenson, Standards Development Manager at BSI.
The machine tool industry is global and worth billions of pounds annually. It is also a rapidly evolving sector, particularly in terms of hardware and software technology.
Furthermore, functional safety is becoming more widely implemented, which requires the relevant standards to be kept up to date. New standards, collaborative partnerships and industry entrants will emerge with the development of technological software such as automation and systems applications. UK input into the standards development process has never been more important.
Delme Stephenson's blog post discusses the background and explains the different BSI subcommittees responsible for machine tool standards. In addition, he outlines how harmonised standards enable machine tool manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with the essential health and safety requirements of the Machinery Directive.
Collaboration is essential for good standards development and the blog post uses the example of BSI's excellent working relationship with the MTA (Manufacturing Technologies Association) to illustrate this.
Follow the link to read the BSI blog post about machine tool standards.
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