SC 28

Revision January 2018

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 28 Office Equipment


1 Scope (Revised in 2015)

Standardization of basic characteristics, test methods and other related items of products such as 2D and 3D Printers/Scanners, Copiers, Projectors, Fax and Systems composed of their combinations, excluding such interfaces as user system interfaces, communication interfaces and protocols.


2 History

SC 28 was established in 1989 based on a Japanese proposal. Initially SNV (Switzerland) assumed Secretariat for the subcommittee. Then in 1997 ABNT (Brazil) succeeded the position. In 2001, however, Brazil stepped down from the Secretariat position for the reason of resource constraint. A proposal of JISC (Japan) to take over the Secretariat position from ABNT was welcomed by ABNT and SC 28 and approved by JTC 1 in its Sophia Antipolis Plenary held in October 2002. Financial and resources support for SC 28 Secretariat functions is provided by JBMIA (Japan Business Machines and Information Systems Association) delegated by JISC.

SC 28 is primarily a printer and copier oriented subcommittee whose scope remained unchanged since its inception. However, due to the changing nature of market needs for office equipment and related technologies with increasing usage of 3D technology in the office environments, SC 28 resolved to clarify its scope as written above in 2015.

Included in the inventory of published SC 28 standards are specification sheets descriptors, productivity (throughput) measurement methods, printed image quality evaluation methods, toner/ink cartridges yield measurement methods, office colour management and accessibility guidelines for office equipment.

Though 3D printers/scanners in the office/home space was added to the scope of SC 28, 3D technologies and markets are still growing and increasing its diversity. Therefore, we continue to monitor developments of 3D technologies and markets in order to adopt our standardization experiences in 3D, such as the methods for measurement of productivity of 3D devices, quality of 3D output, yield of consumables and so on. Also on the front of 3D printers/scanners, SC 28 has started to monitor the work in ISO/TC 261 and seek possibility of establishing liaison relationship with them as necessary to align standardization efforts.

The fact that the frontier of SC 28 is contiguous with scopes of ISO/TC42, TC 130 and TC 171 necessitates SC28’s tight liaison ship and Joint Working Group (JWG) with those technical committees among others. SC 28 continues to collaborate with ISO/TC 130 and ISO/TC42 in the frame of JWG 14 on image quality assessment for commercial printing and in the frame of JWG 27 on print permanence and durability.

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 28 Plenary, London, UK, in June 2017


ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 28 Plenary, London, UK, in June 2017


3 Plenary meetings

9th (1998): Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

10th (1999): Yokohama, Japan

11th (2000): Berlin, Germany

12th (2001): Simsbury, Connecticut, USA

13th (2002): Berlin, Germany

14th (2003): Jeju-do, Korea

15th (2004): Nuremberg, Germany

16th (2005): Beijing, China

17th (2006): Lexington, Kentucky USA

18th (2007): Matsumoto Nagano, Japan

19th (2008): Boeblingen, Germany

20th (2009): Busan, Korea

21st (2010): Rochester NY, USA

22nd (2011): Hangzhou, China

23rd (2012): London. UK

24th (2013): Vienna, Austria

25th (2014): Berlin, Germany

26th (2015): Matsue, Japan

27th (2016): Portland (Vancouver WA), USA

28th (2017): London, UK

29th (2018): Zhuhai, China


4 Officers

4.1 Chair

Name                        Term                   National body

Raul Colcher            1997-2001           Brazil (ABNT)

Akira Saito               2002-2017           Japan (JISC)

Takashi Ito                2017-                  Japan (JISC)


4.2 Secretariat

Name                        Term                    National body

Andre Valle              1997-2001           Brazil (ABNT)

Katsuhito Dei           2002-2006           Japan (JISC)

Kazumasa Kumakura    2006-2009      Japan (JISC)

Motokuni Sugiyama      2009 -2014     Japan (JISC)

Takashi Ito                    2014-2017      Japan (JISC)

Etsuko Sawada             2017-              Japan (JISC)

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 28 Plenary, Portland Oregon, USA, in June 2016