Getting Machinery Builders Engaged in ISO Project for Gas-Loaded Accumulators

ISO Standards

The ISO working group on accumulators is developing an ISO document for requirements, especially for performance, for gas-loaded accumulators (ISO/TS 16920). The intention of the project is to create a single document to replace the current regional and national standards that limit global trade in and use of accumulators on machinery (including construction and agricultural machinery) built and sold around the world.  Right now, accumulators on machinery need to conform to national and regional standards that are written to require the use of locally-sourced materials.

The USA mirror group for the ISO accumulator working group met in March and agreed that machinery builders who sell product around the world could bring a lot of value to the development of this ISO document, by emphasizing the value of a global document to their businesses and customers.  We’d like to see if there are any customer companies that would like to get involved in this effort.

NFPA and the fluid power industry have recognized the value of standards development since its founding.  Experience has shown that the best standards are those developed not only by companies that make products and systems, but those who apply, service, and use them as well.

There is also a need for member companies to get involved on this and other ISO working group projects. 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 all standards development is done at the international (ISO) level now, getting involved is as easy as joining a USA national committee and reviewing and commenting on documents.

Questions?  Please feel free to contact Denise Rockhill at (414) 778-3354 or by e-mail at

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