ATLANTA—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers is hosting the ISO/TC 41 belt committee meeting through Nov. 5 at the Sheraton Hotel.
Representatives from countries such as Japan, China, South Africa, Great Britain, China, Italy and Germany will discuss best practices and exchange expertise for international standards pertaining to synchronous belts, friction (V-belts) and conveyor belts.
“This ensures that the United States rubber belts sector is represented and active in the creation of new technical standards and involved in modifications made to existing standards,” ARPM Managing Director Letha Keslar said in a statement. “These committees play a vital role in creating international standards that support the worldwide sale of products, which helps prevent geographical regions from using local standards to favor industries.”
North Canton, Ohio-based Timken Co.—which engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, transmissions, gearboxes, chain and related products—is partnering with ARPM as a sponsor for the event. Timken's involvement stems from its recent acquisition Carlstar's belts business, headquartered in Springfield, Mo.
The ARPM, established in 2010, is managed by rubber business leaders and has more than 75 members. The association works to provide manufacturers with bottom line impacting programs, networking and additional services.