Industry Standards & Development
At 3M, standards are pervasive in everything we do. The factory where our products are made is ISO 9000 certified. We use test standards extensively to ensure safety and product quality. For example, we test our RFID products as a system for electromagnetic compatibility to prevent interference and to meet FCC regulations. We even have a special department at 3M to guide developers through their testing of products. We know both durability and longevity are important and we do accelerated aging tests in our specialized laboratory so our customers can have confidence that our RFID tags will be reliable and will last as long as the items to which they are attached.
We also use standards in our software development, from ANSI standards for coding, to ISO standards on currencies and date formatting, to IEEE standards for the software development process. Our customers’ health and safety are a number one concern.
Standards provide us with flexibility, interoperability, and the ability to differentiate ourselves and to be competitive. Standards help grow the market and provide competitive opportunities because they give the customer greater vendor independence in the selection of compliant products. The customer is the real beneficiary of standards. They can be confident their investments will have lasting value and work with other products—not only those products they have now but also those they might buy in the future.
We are responsible for making products that live up to the 3M brand reputation and have longevity. Standards help ensure that. We participate in standards development and do significant R&D, in order to continue making good products that the library community needs. And where no standards exist, we will sometimes develop our own and share them with the industry.
Our customers can be confident their investments will have lasting value and work with other products—not only those products they have now but also those they might buy in the future.Return to Library Insights page