SC 28

Revision July 2016

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 28 Office Equipment

SC 28 was established in 1989 based on a Japanese proposal. Initially SNV (Switzerland) assumed Secretariat for the subcommittee. Then in 1997 ABNT (Brazil) succeeded the position. In 2001, however, Brazil stepped down from the Secretariat position for the reason of resource constraint. A proposal of JISC (Japan) to take over the Secretariat position from ABNT was welcomed by ABNT and SC 28 and approved by JTC 1 in its Sophia Antipolis Plenary held in October 2002. Mr. Akira Saito nominated by JISC was appointed Chairman of SC 28 succeeding Mr. Raul Colcher of ABNT in JTC 1 Singapore Plenary in October 2003. Financial and resources support for SC 28 Secretariat functions is provided by JBMIA (Japan Business Machines and Information Systems Association) delegated by JISC. First Secretary was Mr. Katsuhito Dei succeeding Mr. Andre Valle of ABNT, Second Secretary was Mr. Kazumasa Kumakura, the Third is Motokuni Sugiyama and the Fourth is Takashi Ito as of this writing in June 2016 when Mr. Saito is in the first year of his two years extension exceptionally approved by TMB.

SC 28 is primarily a printer and copier oriented subcommittee whose scope remained unchanged since its inception. But due to the changing nature of market needs for office equipment and related technologies with increasing usage of 3D technology in the office environments, SC 28 resolved to clarify its scope as follows in 2015.

Standardization of basic characteristics, test methods and other related items of products such as 2D and 3D Printers/Scanners, Copiers, Projectors, Fax and Systems composed of their combinations, excluding such interfaces as user system interfaces, communication interfaces and protocols.

Included in the inventory of published SC 28 standards are specification sheets descriptors, productivity (throughput) measurement methods, printed image quality evaluation methods, toner/ink cartridges yield measurement methods, office colour management and accessibility guidelines for office equipment. The recent addition to the scope of SC 28 is 3D printers/scanners in the office/home space, which created a stir within JTC 1, but was approved at the end.

The fact that the frontier of SC 28 is contiguous with scopes of ISO/TC42, TC 130 and TC 171 necessitates SC28’s tight liaisonship with those technical committees among others. Also on the front of 3D printers/scanners, SC 28 has started to monitor the work in ISO/TC 261 and seek possibility of establishing liaison relationship with them as necessary to align standardization efforts.


ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 28 Plenary, Portland Oregon, USA, in June 2016


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