LITCHFIELD, Ariz.—Members of the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers Power Transmission Belt Committee met on April 13 to discuss a variety of issues related to both U.S. and international standards of belt products related to the power transmission sector.
The committee consisted of executives from Carlstar Group L.L.C.; ContiTech A.G.; Gates Corp.; HBD Industries Inc.; Jason Industrial Inc.; and MBL Corp. The members reviewed recommended modifications for the international community on a number of published industrial standards covering v-belts, v-ribbed belts, synchronous drive belts and other similar products.
The ARPM-based team reviewed comments, recommended modifications and comprehensive changes submitted from senior engineering representatives from companies located in Japan, China, France and England, among others.
“The professionals who comprise ARPM's belt technical committee are some of the most experienced technical experts in the rubber industry,” ARPM Managing Director Letha Keslar said in a statement. “These specialists combine their thought processes and function as watchdogs over any possible anti-competitive issues that periodically surface during the international systematic reviews of standards that govern design, testing, usage and development of belt products.”
The belting committee will meet again in November in Atlanta to host the 2015 worldwide gathering of the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) ISO/TC41 Belt and Pulley committees.
ARPM is trade organization comprising of more than 60 rubber product manufacturers.