ANSI B11.0-2015 – Safety of Machinery has been released. This update of the standard specifies guidelines for power-driven machines that are not portable by hand and used to process materials by cutting, forming, pressure, lamination, or electrical, thermal, or optical techniques. ANSI B11.0-2015 is the only B11 standard placed in the Type-A category of related standards, since it gives the basic concepts and principles for design of machinery. The other two standards categories for the B11 series are Type-B and Type-C, which respectively deal with generic safety standards and detailed safety requirements for a particular machine.
The release of this standard coincides with updates of related B11 standards ANSI B11.9-2010 (R2015) – Safety Requirements for Grinding Machines (Type-C), ANSI B11.20-2017 – Safety Requirements for Integrated Manufacturing Systems (Type-B), and ANSI B11.12-2005 (R2015) – Safety Requirements for Roll Forming & Roll Bending Machines (Type-C). From these examples, it is clear that there are many different standards for the same industry, each touching upon a different aspect of guidelines. However, it is simple to acquire several necessary standards at once, since two standards packages, such as the Safeguarding Mechanical Power Presses Package and the Risk Assessment and Safeguarding of Machinery Package combine related B11 standards including ANSI B11.0-2015.
Standards packages compile several related standards for ease of availability for the standard user. Bundling different standards together allows a package to have greater relevance across an entire industry, since a single standard generally maintains a limited scope to ensure proper presentation of guidelines. Standards packages in general do not contain a set quantity of standards, and the amount depends entirely on the subject matter. For example, the ISO Quality Management Set contains only ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 9000:2015, while the Digital Signature/Crypography Package covers much wider ground and contains 20 standards.
Some standards packages are not just limited to a single standards developing organization (SDO). For example, the Safety of Machinery and Industrial Robots Package contains standards from both the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). These standards packages draw from different parts of the standards community to provide the standard user with a diverse yet concise range of industry knowledge.
All standards packages for machine safety, along with those for a variety of other industries, are available on the ANSI Webstore.