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Manufacturing and Production Standards Manufacturing and production standards address the technology underlying modern production. Conveyors and automation present a field where standardization is intrinsic to both its functioning and purpose. Standards for preventive maintenance keep everything running, while machine tool standards are also used in the manufacturing field in non-automated applications. Together, these standards cover a great deal of the design, construction, and use of equipment used in manufacturing, from small scale operations, to massive automated plants.

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Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing standards provide a baseline from which development can progress while remaining interoperable and allowing for improved utility across implementations. Including standards from both ISO and ASTM, two international standards developers, this collection of standards starts with standardized terminology and continues on to principles, data processing, and testing, finishing with a series on metals used with powder bed fusion.


Particle Testing Standards

Particle Testing Standards

Particle Testing Standards are employed by a wide range of industries, for many applications, and in reference to a great variety of materials. Many materials are powders or composed of individual particles and testing them for composition, quality, and other characteristics is key to their reliable use. Other materials are not particles as they are used, but particle testing is employed during their production. Testing particles allows an examiner to see the composition and quality of a larger object, sometimes without damaging the object itself.


Material Testing Standards

Material Testing Standards

Material Testing Standards provide a unified reference for test methods, equipment, and industry-specific usage scenarios and specifications for a wide array of materials and test environments. Ranging from medical devices that are implanted within a patient's body, to key mechanical components relied upon by planes and automobiles, these standards provide vital information and instructions on how to attain it for many different industries.


Industrial Automation Standards

Industrial Automation Standards

Industrial automation standards are to industrial automation what industrial automation is to everything else – they make it all work smoothly and efficiently. With standards developed by ISO, IEC, and ISA, the sum total of standardization efforts in the field is immense. Providing specifications for everything from the foundational network communications profiles all the way through to the tools physically interacting with the products, standards guide the industry, promoting interoperability between vendors and devices, in turn contributing to reliability and efficiency, effectively bringing down costs.


Preventive Maintenance Standards

Preventive Maintenance Standards

Preventive Maintenance is the planned maintenance of plant infrastructure and equipment with the goal of improving equipment life by preventing excess depreciation and impairment. This maintenance includes, but is not limited to, adjustments, cleaning, lubrication, repairs, replacements, and the extension of equipment life.

Preventive Maintenance standards provide the fundamental principles and crucial guidelines for establishing a successful preventive maintenance program. Due to the varying needs of different plants, the type and amount of preventive maintenance required also varies greatly from plant to plant. Due to this, it is extremely difficult to establish a successful preventive maintenance program without the proper guidelines and instructions.

The ANSI standards for Preventive Maintenance help you determine the type and frequency of inspections and maintenance procedures, define the minimum requirements for servicing and maintaining plant equipment, serve as a comprehensive maintenance checklist, and supplement more specific instructions, manufacturer publications, and other standards. Through the application of these standards, industrial firms can improve automation and operate more efficiently, produce higher quality products, minimize energy consumption, reduce insurance inventories and business loss due to production delays, and increase overall safety levels. In addition, preventive maintenance measures can drastically reduce errors in day-to-day operations, as well as increase the overall preparedness of plants in the case of an emergency. The implementation of preventive maintenance procedures presented in these standards is a vital part of efforts promoting safe practices in the industrial workplace. The American National Red Cross Ready Rating Assessment, for example, is a program that helps businesses, prepare for disasters and other emergencies. Find more information on preventative maintenance and emergency preparedness from the American National Standards Institute.


Conveyors and Continuous Material Handling Standards

Conveyors and Continuous Material Handling Standards

Conveyors and continuous material handling systems are a key part of the automation that builds the foundation of any large scale manufacturing operation and, through that, the foundation to the global economy. With such a load to bear and carry smoothly, standardization becomes an important part in promoting dependability and reliability within a manufacturer’s product line, as well as interoperability between different products and manufacturers. The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) has published many standards guiding the field, and is joined by the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in this endeavor. Designed to continuously handle different materials, in different environments, with additional specialized variations designed for specific industries and use cases, there are a great many options within the conveying field. Conveyor standards unify the field with definitions of terms and performance terminology applying across different conveyors, conveyor systems, and their allied equipment.


Machine Tool Standards

Machine Tool Standards

Machine tool standards guide the design and construction, as well as the use of machine tools, addressing test methods and code, safety requirements, standardized terminology and measurement systems that lie underneath everything else. With many machine tool standards being developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the benefits of an obvious focus on reliability and dependability spread far, taking along with them interoperability that improves efficiency and promotes trade. Other standards developing organizations, such as SAE International, founded as the Society of Automotive Engineers, focus on the use of machine tools for applications specific to their industry.


Agricultural Machinery Standards

Agricultural Machinery Standards

Agricultural Machinery Standards cover the internal mechanical workings, safety considerations and requirements, electronics, controls, and more for a variety of agricultural machines. As with most industries, safety is a key concern for both manufacturers and end-users, influencing everything from the initial design process to consumer usage and maintenance/repair lifecycle. Sprayers and soil working/mowing machines are featured prominently, and standards for other machinery and their components are included as well.