MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1 - (Page 63)
The Storage Manufacturers Association is developing ANSI specifications.
The effort has helped double its membership.
By MICHAEl FICkES
ith the recent addition of two
new members, the Storage
(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
"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
"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."
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 MHI.org/SMA.
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."
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1
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
Promat 2015 MHI Executive Summit and Annual Conference
Index of Advertisers
MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1