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ANSI/PMMI B155.1-2006

Full Title:
Safety Requirements for Packaging Machinery
and Packaging-Related Converting Machinery

Companies involved in packaging need to use this standard when considering machine safety. Much of it is modeled after ANSI B11.19-2003, but adds some considerations that are specific to packaging requirements as well as expanding on the previous machine guarding standards. Of particular note is the emphasis this standard places on risk assessment.

It is probably also worth mentioning that this standard is the first since NFPA 79 that intentionally attempts to be, and states that it is, harmonized with an ISO standard. Companies should also be aware that this is more than a trend. The unofficial word is that most, if not all, US, ISO and IEC standards are intended to be harmonized by 2015.

This standard was adopted in June, 2006 and it states that packaging and packaging-related converting machines should be in compliance within 30 months of the adoption of the standard.

B155.1, like many previous standards discusses:

  • Risk Assessment (the basics and procedures)
  • Hierarchy of Control

ANSI B155.1 also states that the following additional standards must be applied as needed:

  • ANSI B11.TR4
  • ANSI B11.19
  • NFPA 79
  • ISO 13849-1
  • ISO 13849-2
  • ISO 13849-100
  • ISO 13850
  • IEC 62061
  • IEC 60204-1
  • IEC 61508

B155.1 addresses an important aspect of machine safety that has been ignored for many years- the necessity for safety and reliability in fluid power (pneumatic and hydraulic systems). This is the first standard that addresses this important issue:

“When pneumatic/hydraulic valves are incorporated into a safety stopping function, they shall be redundant and monitored for both fault and diminished performance as determined by the risk assessment”.

Stating this another way- B155.1 calls for Control Reliability in fluid power.

The standard also emphasizes the necessity and desirability for using Control Reliable Programmable Electronic Systems (PES). This is a further enhancement of the requirements set by RIA 15.06, NFPA 79 and ANSI B11.19.

Look for future US safety standards to continue the trends set by this important vertical standard.

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