'Umati', the new open standard aims at unifying communication for all machine tools. This will enable user companies to rely on less fragmented solutions and to considerably reduce the commissioning time of new machines. For a machine tool manufacturer, this offers a major and quite unique sales pitch.

A new standard is currently being developed for assessing the risks but also for setting up measures of prevention and protection relative to the processes of additive manufacturing with metallic materials. This document also includes a part dedicated to waste management. It is drafted jointly by the ISO/TC 261 and ASTM F42 technical committees for additive manufacturing.

Eearly August, a new operational standard has been published jointly by the ISO and the ASTM specifying the requirements for the qualification of operators of laser metal powder bed fusion machines and additive manufacturing equipment used in aerospace applications. This document is applicable if the operator qualification testing is required by a contract or by application standards.

As face masks for daily use are an essential part of the exit strategy, there is an urgent need for an official Belgian reference document.

In order to deliver reliable measurements, laboratories must have a functional quality management system and meet the requirements of the international ISO/IEC 17025 standard. This standard was recently updated. Sirris, which has various test laboratories, does everything required to comply with this.

The quality of the powders used in additive manufacturing is crucial for achieving good parts. It is the subject of discussions in the standardisation committees.

safety standard

In the manufacturing and mechanical engineering sectors there is still ambiguity regarding the safety connected with operating hybrid work cells, where operators and robots work together. Sirris is therefore organising a seminar on 26 September within the scope of Standards Cell Industrie 4.0 to discuss technical safety standards when operating work cells.

'Industrie 4.0' is not a moment in time. A good strategy considers how to use current standards to facilitate change that matters today - and support future evolution. Therefore, the standards cell 'Industrie 4.0' launches its monthly newsletter.

IIot, Industrieel Internet of Things, connectivity

It took years of work involving many key contributors and full participation from champions of the various standards to release in February 2017 the first connectivity framework for the Industrial Internet. The resulting clarity empowers system integrators and developers to evaluate IIoT protocols and communication patterns, and select the best-fit technology for their application.

It goes without saying that as a manufacturer, importer or distributor you have to fully understand the implications connected with the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 2014/68/EU. Application of this Directive is not always obvious in practice when used with the harmonised EN 13445 standard for guidance. Therefore for a number of years now Sirris has offered training courses, which since recently can be customised to suit your company’s requirements. Here’s a brief explanation of the possibilities available by way of an interesting case study.