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Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Role of standard documents in advancing the standardization of microfluidics connectors
Author(s): Ratna Tantra; Henne van Heeren; John Jarman
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Paper Abstract

An emerging trend within the microfluidic community is to standardize common parts in order to facilitate design and production activities. The goal is clear: to enhance interoperability and promote plug-and-play. A recent launch of a pan-European project, Microfluidic (MF) Manufacturing, has identified an item that is in immediate need of standardization: having in place geometrical specifications for MF connectors. In order to accelerate the adoption of such standards, there is a need to consider the pivotal role of standard documents. The purpose of this paper is to provide background information on document standards development. In addition, the future implications related to the MF manufacturing project will be discussed. A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis has been carried out to identify points of action. The findings show that although there is a need to publish under International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the actual realization of a full ISO standard document is not feasible. The recommendation is to initially publish via an ISO Workshop Agreement. Parallel to such activity, there is a need to encourage stakeholders help kick start a currently dormant working group that supports microfluidics under ISO to help pave the way for future standardization activities in the microfluidics community.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2016
PDF: 4 pages
J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS 15(2) 020501 doi: 10.1117/1.JMM.15.2.020501
Published in: Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Volume 15, Issue 2
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Ratna Tantra, National Physical Lab. (United Kingdom)
Henne van Heeren, enablingMNT (Netherlands)
John Jarman, National Physical Lab. (United Kingdom)

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