Some 154 global standards make up the third and updated edition of the ISO handbook "Technical Drawings." The goal of ISO/TC 10, the technical committee that drafted most of the standards, is to enable a drawing to be interpreted correctly in any country, regardless of language differences. Among the handbook's contents are standards for dimensioning, tolerancing, microcopying, surface texture, graphical symbols, and drawing equipment. A separate section deals with mechanical engineering drawings. You can buy the handbook, which comes in two volumes, from any national member of ISO or from the ISO Central Secretariat at 1 rue de Varembe, CH-1211 Geneva 20.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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