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Role of standard documents in advancing the standardization of microfluidics connectors

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Ratna Tantra, John Jarman

National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW, United Kingdom

Henne van Heeren

enablingMNT Netherlands, Drakensteynlaan 34, 3319 RG Dordrecht, Netherlands

J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS. 15(2), 020501 (Jun 07, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JMM.15.2.020501
History: Received February 12, 2016; Accepted May 3, 2016
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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.

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Ratna Tantra ; Henne van Heeren and John Jarman
"Role of standard documents in advancing the standardization of microfluidics connectors", J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS. 15(2), 020501 (Jun 07, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JMM.15.2.020501


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