Apr 222015

21 and 22 April,  CEN/CENELEC holds in Brussels, 2-day  training to discover the world of European Standards. 

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Yesterday they tried among other things, why and how to get involved in standardization, different solutions for different needs and new trends in European Standardization.

Today, 22 April,  they are talking about standards for the services sector, to support global trade, for intellectual property rights and the use of standardization as a compliance  tool with essential requirements by drawing up Technical Specifications.

All participants in StandarDays will also receive a certificate, to show that they have completed their training in European standardization.

Feb 272015

EURAS, the European Academy for Standardisation e.V.,  will hold its 20th conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 22 to 24 June 2015 under the theme ‘The Role of Standards in Transatlantic Trade and Regulation’. The theme of the conference is “The role of standards in transatlantic trade and regulation“.

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The conference focuses amongst other on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) – a highly important and topical political project with a great number of challenges related to standardization e.g. the importance for economics, public health, innovation, regulation, the environment, etc.

One of the guest speakers on the conference theme will be Scott Steedman, Director of Standards at British Standards Institution (BSI).

The deadline for submitting papers to the conference has been extended until the 9th of March 2015.

Further information about EURAS 2015 can be found on the conference website.

EURAS is a European society for standardization research. EURAS’ objective is to promote research, education and publication in the field of standardisation.

Feb 032015

In AFTA, we believe that professional training is an important part of the industrial development.

During 2014 we have bet on it, through our campaign AFTA Training. We offer you hereby a brief graphic report of the workshops organised during 2014. You can check the whole galleries in our Facebook profile.


AFTA will launch shortly the next campaign, AFTA Training 2015. For further information, you can consult our website or contact us.

Mar 282014

Since AFTA Training Campaign was launched, in order to verify the knowledge grade of the students about standardization, I always state the following questions during the workshop:

What is a standard?
What is it useful for?
 Is it mandatory?
 Who develops standards?

Although I receive several different answers, some of them really funny, the background is mostly the same:

A standard is something you have to obey
Generally they are developed to limit something
Of course it is mandatory
The current forces in power

As I am driving home I usually think about the workshop and I have reached the following conclusions:

First of all, the students do not seem to be familiar with  standardization processes. It is understandable and it is probably one of the reasons why they have attended the workshop. Second conclusion is that they do not have a positive opinion of standards. They are developed to control and limit. Third conclusion is that students suppose that it is always someone else who establish those “impositions”.

According to my experience, the ideas shown by the students are not different to the general opinion of most Spanish companies. Standards are perceived as something foreign and complicated.

As we already published two months ago, this week took place in Brussels StandarDays 2014. The main objective of the event was to give a clear and structured overview of the European Standardization System, so that questions like the following could be answered:

What is a standard? Who are CEN, CENELEC, ISO, etc.?

How can standards support global trade?

What is a Keymark? What is CE Marking?

Which are the differences between standards and legislations?

How can standards help companies to innovate?

The rest of presentations can be accessed through the following link.

From AFTA, we would like to stress the importance of such an event, which is able to change the current negative perception of standards and help companies to admit their importance and to introduce them as a key part of their strategic planning.

Roberto Oliva


Oct 012013

With the beginning of the new school year, the Association has launched the AFTA Training for the season 2013-2014.

The object of these workshops is to train the professionals of the installations sector (current and future) and contribute to the improvement of the installations quality, both in the project as realization.

If your centre is interested in receiving a workshop, you can obtain more information about the theme through the following link, or you can contact us here.

May 152013

During the first half of 2013 we have continued the AFTA Training Campaign. Pointed to professional training centres we have travelled throughout the Spanish geography, visiting centres in Burgos, Soria, León, Palencia, Navarre or Biscay.

After the Summer Vacations we will restart the campaign, oriented to 2013-2014 school year. Should you be interested in receiving a technical session, please contact us.

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Dec 202012

In October 2012 the AFTA Training Campaign was launched. It has been directed to Engineers and Architects Associations, Technical Faculties and Professional Training Centres and proposses free training workshops which can be adapted to each centre.

As a summary of this concluding year, a brief photo gallery of the workshops is offered. Should you be interested in receiving a training session, please contact us to set a date and to establish the contents

Instituto Meka Elgoibar

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Nov 072012

Within the framework of the XVIII European Quality Week, next 8th November will be held the International Quality Day under the slogan: “We have reached it together”

In collaboration with AENOR, AEC will hold an interesting meeting in the Industry, Energy and Tourism Ministry.

The objective of the act is to show how, in the current economic situation, only the companies which have transformed themselves are able to compete in such a tough situation.

You can download the complete workshop program through the following link. The attendance is free, although the capacity is limited. You can  register by fulfilling the form.

Oct 102012

With the beginning of the new course 2012-2013, AFTA Association has launched a free training workshop campaign, aimed at Engineers and Architects Associations, Technical Faculties and Professional Training Centres. The object of these workshops is to train the professionals of the installations sector (current and future) and contribute to the improvement of their quality, both in the project as realization.

 For further information, a new section has been set up in our web site, where a list of contents has been stated, as well as the contact details.

 Future workshops:

– 16th November: IEFPS Meka, Elgoibar
– 4th December: Official Technical Engineers Association of Álava
Sep 102012

Next Thursday, 27th September Hill take place in the Barceló Nervion Hotel of Bilbao an interesting technical workshop about Foundry Technologies.

The conferences will focus in contribute with concrete solutions to the everyday questions of the foundry industry, paying a special attention to the ferrous and non-ferrous foundry, sand and pressure foundry.

You can consult the program through the following link. You can also confirm your reservation here.

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