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The New Standard for Manufacturing Can Help Ensure that Your Customers and Employees Stay Safe
Date:7/31/2013

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

Media reports these days are filled with stories of a coming revolution in manufacturing, particularly through additive processes. With lasers prevalent in the output of high-value components in many industries, the Laser Institute of America prepares to unveil its latest safety standard exclusively for those applications.

The Z136.9 Safe Use of Lasers in Manufacturing Environments is slated to be the next standard in the line of laser safety guidelines stemming from the parent ANSI Z136.1 standard. LIA plans to have it available for purchase to coincide with the third annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®) from Sept. 11-12 in Schaumburg, IL.

The objective of this standard is to provide reasonable and adequate guidance for the safe use of lasers and laser systems that operate at wavelengths between 180 nm and 1 mm. Intended to protect individuals with the potential for laser exposure when lasers are used in manufacturing environments, this standard will include policies and procedures to ensure laser safety in those areas where lasers are used in manufacturing, both public and private industries, and product development and testing settings.

Development of the Z136.9 standard has been a study in collaboration and front-line input.

“We brought in an awful lot of people from industry to get involved,” says Tom Lieb, chair of the Z136.9 development subcommittee and president of LAI International in Elk Grove, CA. “Especially in the early drafting, we had people from laser companies and using companies participate. I had a very large list of people who participated in the early meetings.”

Until now, the parent standard has been “almost like the Bible” when it comes to regulating differences of opinion regarding interpretations of laser safety on the manufacturing floor, says subcommittee vice chair Randy Paura. “Our original mandate was to tr
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