JIC (Joint Industrial Council) Standards were written in the early 1950s by a joint committee of major machine tool builders and users. The purpose was to provide a uniform set of basic practices which would result in a well-built machine tool. Four standards were written: Electrical (EMP-1-67/EGP-1-67); Electronic EL-11-1971); Hydraulic (H-1-1973); and Pneumatic (P-1-1975).
During the 1980s, the JIC committees became dormant and AMT (NMTBA at the time), which served as the secretariat for these committees, contacted the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to update and incorporate the JIC electrical standards into their standards development activity. Also, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) was contacted regarding the update and incorporation of the hydraulic and pneumatic standards into their standards work.
As a result of this effort, the National Fire Protection Association issued the NFPA 79 Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, and the National Fluid Power Association published Hydraulic Fluid Power - Systems Standard for Stationary Industrial Machinery (ANSI/NFPA/JIC T2.24.1) and Pneumatic Fluid Power - Systems Standard for Industrial Machinery (ANSI/B93.114M).
The NFPA 79 "Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery - 2007 Edition" is now available at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website (http://www.nfpa.org).
Copies of the now obsolete JIC standards are no longer available. All of the superseding standards can be obtained from:
- NSSN of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) at phone: 212-642-4980 or fax: 212-302-1286 or website: www.nssn.org.
- The standards originating organizations NFPA (electrical), phone: 617-770-3000 or 800-344-3555, and NFPA (fluid power), phone: 414-778-3344, or website: www.nfpa.org.