For more information, contact:

PLASTICS' equipment council staff
equipment@plasticsindustry.org

The plastics industry depends on high-tech machinery to manufacture the products and materials that make modern living possible. Whether big enough to fill an average-sized home or small enough to sit on an office desk, this machinery should be built to standards designed, first and foremost, to ensure the safety of the machine operator or maintainer.

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards developer that works to ensure that all plastics machinery is built to standard.  Through its Machinery Safety Standards Committee, PLASTICS is able to provide professionals throughout the industry a venue to work through ANSI procedures to ensure the standardization of plastics machinery to protect workers and achieve efficiency in productivity.

 

 

  • Machinery Safety Standards Committee Structure

    The Committee, currently chaired by Dale Bartholomew of Maruka USA, is divided into four subcommittees:

    • Blow Molding Safety Subcommittee
      Chair: Chuck Flammer, Kautex Machines, Inc.
    • Extrusion Safety Subcommittee
      Chair: Mike Mitchell, Davis-Standard, LLC
    • Injection Molding Safety Subcommittee  
      Chair: Jim Pilavdzic, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Inc.
    • Robot Safety Subcommittee
      Chair: Duane Royce, Wittmann Battenfeld


    The Machinery Safety Standards Committee also administers the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on the safety of plastics and rubber machines.  Participation in this group enables technical experts from plastics companies in the U.S. to weigh in on the development of standards governing machines built in the U.S. and other countries, ensuring consistency across the global market so that machines are built with operator safety in mind no matter where they are manufactured.

  • Join Us

    The PLASTICS Machinery Safety Standards Committee is actively recruiting both members and non-members for two types of participation:

    • Develop & Revise - Individuals to develop and refine the proposed new or revised standard as it progresses through the development process.
    • Review & Vote - Individuals to review and vote on the proposed standard (developed by the Committee) during the public canvass/ballot period but would not be required to participate in any committee meetings or regular communications.
  • Safety Violation Resources

    It was brought to our attention by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Equipment Council membership that a uniform letter used within the industry to point out safety violations would be helpful when going in to do field service work. This would send a unified message to the market place that it is the responsibility of the industry as a whole (including plastic processors) to maintain a safe environment where a piece of equipment can be properly serviced when down or in need of periodic maintenance.

    So, PLASTICS is supplying you with a single, vetted document for you to use when necessary. Note it is not PLASTICS’ intent to take legal responsibility for such an action Below is a link to a copy of the violation letter and sample of a typical violation write up. This can also be found on the Machinery Safety Standards Committee webpage.

    Should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Steve Petrakis, Vice President, Industry Affairs, Equipment Council at spetrakis@plasticsindustry.org or 224.628.8336. This is just one more way PLASTICS is trying to support our members’ needs in every way possible.

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