Norms create uniform standards for the same or similar items. This standardization enables more effective use of products and facilitates collaboration. In an international context in particular, standards are what make the exchange of products and services, and thus trade in them, possible. For many years, the Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV) has represented the standardization interests of the "mechanical engineering" segment for Swissmem on a contract basis.
Norms create uniform standards for objects and, more and more frequently, also for services. This standardization enables products to be used more effectively, reliably and safely. In an international context in particular, standards are what make the exchange of products and services, and thus trade in them, possible.
Standardization plays a key role in the mechanical and electrical engineering industries (MEM industries). A survey conducted among Swissmem members in 2012 shows that 96% of those companies apply standards in the manufacture of their products. 44% of the companies that took part in the survey are involved in drafting and revising standards on a voluntary basis. With only a few exceptions, standardization in the MEM industries takes place under the auspices of the European standardization bodies – CEN and CENELEC – and in accordance with ISO at the international level.
The Schweizerische Normenvereinigung SNV is Switzerland’s national organization for standardization. Mechanical engineering constitutes a separate 'area of expertise' within the SNV, and Swissmem is the main stakeholder. Other specialist areas include construction (SIA), roads and transportation (VSS), the watch-making industry (FH), electrical engineering (electrosuisse) and telecommunications (asut). The organizations responsible for the areas of expertise generally run their own SNV Standards Committee. In the mechanical engineering field, however, SNV manages the body of industry standards on behalf of Swissmem and provides the infrastructure for standardization work. Swissmem makes a sizeable financial contribution to SNV each year for performing this task. The Swissmem Technical Harmonization Committee monitors SNV and provides it with support in fulfilling its mandate.
You can find further information about standardization on the SNV website: www.snv.ch/en
MEM industry standards can be ordered from the SNV shop: www.snv.ch/en/online-shop