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The Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Committee is dedicated to standards in new and emerging technologies in manufacturing.  It is made up of Subcommittees that are National Mirror Committees to the ISO and CEN committees developing standards in the area. 

As new technologies in manufacturing emerge standards subcommittees will be there to standardize the area. The members of the subcommittees represent industry, academia and Government.

Our Vision and Mission

Working together as 'Ireland Inc' we can influence the development of International Standards in new and emerging advanced manufacturing technologies.

Standards we are Responsible For

The Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Committee follows a number of International and European Standards committees.  In the Learn More section at the bottom of this page click on each subcommittee for more detailed information.

Sectoral Study of Standards in Manufacturing

On the 16th of December 2019 the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment published Ireland's Industry 4.0 Strategy 2020-2025. This Industry 4.0 strategy is a key output of Future Jobs Ireland, the government's new economic pathway to ensure that Ireland is well placed to prosper in a rapidly changing global economy.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland contributed to Ireland’s Industry 4.0 Strategy that is supporting the digital transformation of the manufacturing sector and its supply chain. This strategy sets out a clear vision and goals for Industry 4.0 in Ireland and the strategic actions that will help to achieve this. 

NSAI is supporting these strategic actions by raising awareness and understanding amongst manufacturing firms and their supply chains of the concept of Industry 4.0, the potential business benefits and opportunities to be derived from engaging in Industry 4.0 activities.

All these areas and more are addressed through its published Sectoral Study of Standards in Manufacturing which links standards as one of the key drivers for this innovation, making yesterday’s impossibilities tomorrow’s reality.

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updated [20211108] This document, Introduction to NSAI/TC 49/SC 2 & standardization for Additive Manufacturing, is aimed at assisting companies to embrace Additive Manufacturing as part of their Industry 4.0 transformation. The document provides an overview of the standardization landscape, as well as highlighting the potential benefits for both Climate Action and for the industry. In order to showcase the importance of standards for innovation a case study is employed, whereby the use of standards in the collaboration between the Irish Manufacturing Research and the Atlantic Prosthetic and Orthotic Services is outlined.

updated [20210908] The following Article from IEC gives a better understanding of the IEC 62443 series, which can potentially mitigate the affects and often prevent successful cyber-attacks, as IT standards may not be appropriate for OT( operational technology) environments: Understanding IEC 62443

updated [20210125] Irish experts have attended the ISO/TC 299/WG 3 Industrial Safety of Robots meetings over the past number of years in order to influence the revision of ISO 10218-1 and ISO 10218-2. Ireland hosted the ISO/TC 299/WG 3 meeting in Mullingar from the 11th to the 15th of November 2019. Experts on industrial robots were invited to convene in Mullingar to address the technical comments received during the committee draft stage.  In 2020 delegates attended the ISO/TC 299 WG3 meeting in Florida in person and attended several online meetings throughout the rest of the year. In person meetings were cancelled and rescheduled on line due to COVD_19 restriction on travelling . The recently appointed Chairman of the National Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 299/WG 3, Mr Tom Meany, was presented with a "1997 Award" on Wednesday the 14th of October 2020. The "1997 Award" is presented to members of NSAI Committees in recognition of the significant contribution to the standards work of NSAI.  In  January 2021 an Irish comment submitted as part of the public enquiry stage for ISO 10218-1, was accepted as a means to avoiding architecture requirements, which was a major discussion point over three previous meetings of ISO/TC 299/WG3.

Throughout 2019 and 2020 our National Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 261 was expanded, with Dr Noel Harrison being appointed as Chair. Due to COVID -19 the ISO/TC 261 2020 plenary was held online where Irish delegates were in attendance. Within ISO/TC 261 Joint Groups (JG) have been set up, under agreement between both ISO/TC 261 and ASTM F42. The Drafting of Standards is not being done in ISO WGs (where experts are nominated by their National Standards Body.), but in these JGs.  There are currently 79 of these JG with experts from ISO and ATSM drafting standards.

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Standardization in the field of nanotechnologies that includes either or both of the following:

  1. Understanding and control of matter and processes at the nanoscale, typically, but not exclusively, below 100 nanometres in one or more dimensions where the onset of size-dependent phenomena usually enables novel applications,
  2. Utilizing the properties of nanoscale materials that differ from the properties of individual atoms, molecules, and bulk matter, to create improved materials, devices, and systems that exploit these new properties.

Specific tasks include developing standards for: terminology and nomenclature; metrology and instrumentation, including specifications for reference materials; test methodologies; modelling and simulations; and science-based health, safety, and environmental practices.

European and International committee mapping

Additive Manufacturing, also referred to as 3D Printing, is emerging as an emerging new manufacturing technology.  As a manufacturing process, it is currently being mainly developed in the aeronautical and medical device sectors but its uses are limitless.  AM is an enabling technology, capable of producing complex models in small lead times, for high value products.

Standardization in this area is in its infancy and is being pioneered by a collaboration between ASTM and the International Standards Organization, ISO.

NSAI is facilitating inclusion for Irish companies and third level institutes to be involved in the development of the first edition of these new ISO/ASTM International Standards through the National Mirror Committee for Additive Manufacturing NSAI/TC 49/SC 02.

Learn more by reading the NSAI information document on NSAI/TC 49/SC 02 & Standardization for Additive Manufacturing.

European and International committee mapping


  • ISO/TC 261 Additive Manufacturing
    • ISO/TC 261/WG 1 - Terminology
    • ISO/TC 261/WG 2 - Methods, processes and materials
    • ISO/TC 261/WG 3 - Test methods
    • ISO/TC 261/WG 4 - Data and design
    • ISO/TC 261/WG 6 - Environment, health and safety
    • ISO/TC 261/JWG 10 - Joint ISO/TC 261 - ISO/TC 44/SC 14 WG: Additive manufacturing in aerospace applications
    • ISO/TC 261/JWG 11 - Joint ISO/TC 261 - ISO/TC 61/SC 9 WG: Additive manufacturing for plastics
  • CEN/TC 438 Additive Manufacturing

Industrial robots have been a part of manufacturing for many years and Standards in the area of robotics are well established.  With advancements in technology and ICT a dedicated International Standards Technical Committee was created to focus on robotics standards.

Collaborative Robots (Robots working side by side with humans) are ready to become part of the factory workforce but there exists a need to improve the Standards to complete their introduction to the workforce.

Service Robots and Personal Care Robots are getting prepared to become part of our society and the ISO standards are being developed to ensure a safe environment.

The National Mirror Committee for Robots, Cobots and Robotics, NSAI/TC 49/SC 03, is fully engaged with the International Standards Technical Committee, ISO/TC 299 in the revision of existing International Standards.

European and International committee mapping

  • ISO/TC 299 Robotics
    • ISO/TC 299/WG 3 - Industrial Safety
    • ISO/TC 299/WG 2 - Personal care robot safety
    • ISO/TC 299/WG 4 - Service robots
    • ISO/TC 299/WG 6 - Modularity for service robots

Contact for further information
Barry Cox, Standards Officer
Direct +353 1 807 3930