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SOlUTIONS SPOTlIGHT Specifying Growth The Storage Manufacturers Association is developing ANSI specifications. The effort has helped double its membership. By MICHAEl FICkES W ith the recent addition of two new members, the Storage Manufacturers Association (SMA) Product Group of MHI has doubled its membership-from seven to 13 members-in the past six years. Among the reasons for the membership surge is SMA's three-year-old commitment to developing American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved standards (specifications + commentary) for industrial work platforms, boltless shelving and bin shelving. "We joined SMA three years ago," says incoming SMA Membership Chairman Kevin O'Neill, vice president and co-owner of MHI Member Steele Solutions Inc. "One reason we joined was to participate in standards development. We had seen how the Rack Manufacturing Institute's (RMI's) specification work has benefitted the racking industry." "Our goal over the past six years has been to add value to SMA for members," adds outgoing Membership Chairman Keith Shipman, national sales manager of MHI member Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products. "For example, we've improved our website with pages for case histories and frequently-askedquestions that prospective customers can review. "Specification development will remain a leading driver for adding value. We're here for the betterment of the industry, even though we are competitors. The goal of SMA is the betterment of the industry for all." Developing standards Currently, SMA is working on specification standards for industrial steel boltless shelving and industrial work platforms. The goal is to develop ANSIapproved specs that will be referenced in the International Building Code (IBC). "IBC wants specialty product manufacturing groups to develop ANSI approved specs," says Engineering Committee Chairman Arlin Keck, corporate R&D engineer with MHI member Steel King Industries Inc. "This is what RMI has done, and what we're in the process of doing." As a side note, the IBC contains specifications for structural commercial building mezzanines. To avoid confusion, the standard being developed by SMA uses the term work platforms instead of mezzanines. "ANSI Essential Requirements" govern the painstaking standard development process, which aims for openness, balance, consensus and due process. In short, each standard must undergo review by all interested stakeholders until revisions and modifications give rise to consensus. SMA's Special Advisory Committee (SAC) develops first drafts of standards. SAC members are senior engineers drawn from each of SMA's member companies-all members are required to appoint an engineer to the SAC. "We use the RMI standard as a guideline," says Keck. "Each of the companies that manufactures either industrial shelving and/or work platforms have contributed their resources toward writing these new standards. There have been a lot of changes within the engineering community, especially with regard to safety and seismic design; so what we are basically doing is rewriting our current specifications, systematically working through all of the material, updating and editing as we go." The SAC also develops frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the products in response to questions coming in from end users and building permit agencies. The current list of SMA FAQs can be found at When complete, the SAC's draft of the new Standard goes to the SMA Engineering Committee for review and approval. From the Engineering "Today in our industry, everything is custom designed. We all have our own approach. Standard development will make our industry better, and we want every manufacturer in our industry to participate." * MHI SolutIonS 63

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1

CEO Update
Total Supply Chain Visibilty
The Internet of Things
The Promise of the Physical Internet
Big Data’s Impact on Supply Chains
Industry Focus: The Aerospace Industry
Economic Market Analysis
Industry Trends
Fulfillment Update
Safer Handling
Solutions Spotlight
Roadmap Update
MHI News
Promat 2015 MHI Executive Summit and Annual Conference
Index of Advertisers

MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1