ISO Standards Working Group Leaders Retire After Many Years of Service

NFPA would like to thank ISO/TC 131/SC 6/WG 2 convener Dr. Leonard Bensch (retired Pall Corp.), ISO/TC 131/SC 6/WG 1 convener Michael Day (retired Pall Corp., U.K.) and secretary to ISO Technical Committee 131 and its U.S. TAG, Karen Boehme, for their many years of service in the fluid power industry in developing ISO standards. They are pictured along with ISO/TC 131/SC 6 Chairman Richard Gast (Deere & Co,) in the photo above. (L-R: Leonard Bensch, Karen Boehme, Richard Gast, Michael Day)

During the month of May 2014, ISO/TC 131/SC 6 (contamination control), ISO/TC 131/SC 7 (sealing devices) and several of its working groups, comprising fluid power technical experts representing the USA. United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Japan, Italy, and Turkey came together in Milwaukee, WI and Nashville, TN.



ISO/TC 131/SC 6 committee members and technical experts, who met in Nashville, TN

The working groups that met in Milwaukee and Nashville discussed standards in the following areas:

  • Sampling, contamination analysis and reporting
  • Filter and separator evaluation
  • Component and system cleanliness
  • O-rings
  • Pneumatic component reliability
  • Pneumatic control products
  • Treatment of air

NFPA has recognized the value of standards development since its founding. Experience has shown that the best standards are those developed by companies that make products and systems and those who apply, service, and use them. There is always a need for member companies and their customers to get involved in ISO standards for fluid power. Click here to learn more about how to use standards to improve your business and how you can have a voice in standards development. Although NFPA focuses all its standards development at the international (ISO) level now, getting involved is as easy as joining a USA national committee and reviewing and commenting on documents.

If you would like to learn more about the work being done on ISO standards for fluid power, please contact Denise Rockhill at (414) 778-3354 or by e-mail at

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