Industrial laminates products are primarily used in two areas: electromechanical (automotive, industrial construction, military, power equipment, transformers, etc) and electronics (printed circuit boards).
The primary activity of the Technical Committee is revising industry standard LI-1, Industrial Laminated Thermosetting Product Standard).
The Group is also working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop an industry wide Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Clean Air Standard.
The Group is a strong supporter and participant (through individual members) of IEC TC 15 WG 6 (Rigid Fibrous Reinforced Laminates). This ensures all member companies of the Section are made aware of any international technical decisions (standards) that may impact their products overseas.
The basic product scope of this Group consists of laminated plastics in any form (but excluding fabricated parts) using papers, fibers (woven or other) or other materials as a reinforcement with thermosetting or thermoplastic resins as binder.
- 6-LI-I Electromechanical Laminates Voting Classification. Unclad laminates primarily used for electrical insulation (excluding unclad laminates used as base in additive circuitry processes).
- 6-LI-II Electronics Laminates Voting Classification. All metal-clad laminates and unclad materials used as a base in additive circuitry processes. Also, included are B-stage prepregs (semi-cured materials) for use as an adhesive and/or encapsulating layer of multi-layer circuitry.
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Industrial Laminates Section Technical Services Activity
1.Standards play a vital part in the design, production, and distribution of products destined for both national and international commerce. Sound technical standards benefit the user, as well as the manufacturer, by improving safety, bringing about economies in product, eliminating misunderstandings between manufacturer and purchaser, and assisting the purchaser in selecting and obtaining the proper product for his particular need.
NEMA devotes much of its time, effort, and resources to voluntary standardization activities. Many NEMA standards are approved as American National Standards under the procedures of the American National Standards Institute.
Standards in the purview of the Group:
NEMA LI1 - Industrial Laminating Thermosetting Products
NEMA LI6 - Relative Temperature Indices of Industrial Thermosetting Laminates
3. The section has one main technical committee that meets as needed either in person or via Web-Ex conferences.
4. The members are very active in IEC activities. They share the burden of supporting the IEC TC15 (Insulating materials) Secretariat as well as the IEC TC112 (Insulating systems) US Technical Advisory Group Secretariat and Technical Advisor with several other sections in the Insulating Materials Division. The IEC TC15 TAG Technical Advisor is a NEMA member also directly involved in the TC activities.
5. Members maintain also a liaison with ASTM’s Insulating Materials section.
Standards play a vital part in the design, production, and distribution of products destined for both national and international commerce. Sound technical standards benefit the user, as well as the manufacturer, by improving safety, bringing about economies in product, eliminating misunderstandings between manufacturer and purchaser, and assisting the purchaser in selecting and obtaining the proper product for his particular need.
NEMA devotes much of its time, effort, and resources to voluntary standardization activities. NEMA standards are offered and recommended to become American National Standards under the procedures of the American National Standards Institute, usually under the canvass method. This decision rests with the particular subdivision or subdivisions concerned. NEMA standards are also often submitted for consideration as IEC standards components or references. It is the intent of the association to continue its support of these, and many more, activities as the best method to continue providing sound and safe electrical products for the use of all.
Through NEMA, the section develops industry positions on legislative and regulatory initiatives that may affect member products, markets, and customers. NEMA's work has resulted in contributions to public policy development and in promoting competitiveness, technological progress, and public safety. On the Government Affairs homepage members can search for and e-mail federal representatives to convey opinions regarding energy policy or other issues related to the electroindustry.
NEMA Government Affairs provides specific services to its members and information in the areas of Environment, Health & Safety; Energy; and International Trade & Commerce.
Through NEMA, member companies are able to develop and implement tailored, industry-specific market and statistical programs that benefit participating companies. Reports may include:
- Product orders and sales
- Market forecasting
- Shipments by trading areas
- Channels of distribution
- Financial and operating ratios
- Wages and benefits
- Foreign trade
The association also conducts economic analyses on the impact of legislation and regulations on member products, and monitors and reports on key industry market indicators. All programs comply with NEMA statistical confidentiality policies. For more information, please see Business & Economy.
Membership in NEMA is open to any firm actively engaged in the manufacture in North America of a product within the NEMA scope and for sale in the open market. Membership of foreign firms is subject to product section policies and NEMA Board of Governors approval.
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