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New Standard Presents Best Practices for Pharmaceutical Freeze-Drying

A new ASTM International standard will aid the pharmaceutical industry by describing best practices in monitoring process and product condition during freeze-drying. ASTM’s committee on manufacture of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products (E55) developed the standard, which focuses on methods that apply to both laboratory and production environments.

Major ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Conference Announces Program

A preliminary program for the 2021 ASTM International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (ICAM 2021) is now available. Sponsored by the ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, ICAM 2021 will be held November 1-5, 2021 in Anaheim, California, USA.

This is ASTM International’s sixth annual flagship event related to standardization, qualification, and certification with an emphasis on industry-specific requirements addressing the entire AM process chain. 

ASTM International to Resume In-Person Committee Meetings in October

Today, global standards organization ASTM International announced plans to host their fall committee week in person, October 3-8, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, following a review of pandemic metrics, government guidelines, and member survey results.

ASTM International is committed to the health and safety of members and staff. The organization will be closely monitoring the guidelines set by the CDC, state and local governments, and the hotel venue to ensure compliance at the time of the meeting. 

New ASTM International Committee Activity Focuses on Grout and Tile Quality Control

New activity from ASTM International’s ceramic whitewares and related products committee (C21) focuses on standardizing grout and tile quality control.

ASTM International Honors Mark T. Devlin with Lowrie B. Sargent, Jr. Award

ASTM International’s petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants committee (D02) presented the Lowrie B. Sargent, Jr. Award to Mark T. Devlin, technical advisor at Afton Chemical Corporation, Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Devlin was honored for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the committee. He was previously honored by the committee with the Award of Appreciation (2002), Eagle Award (2017), and Award of Excellence (2018). 

New Standard Supports Data Exchange for Commercial Spaceflight

ASTM International’s commercial spaceflight committee (F47) has approved a new standard that supports the increasing amount of space travel by improving data exchange between space operators and the Federal Aviation Administration. 

According to ASTM International member Zheng Tao, as the number and diversity of space operations increase, improved date exchange will help air traffic management (ATM) more efficiently manage the National Airspace System (NAS) during these operations. 

New Thermal Insulation Standard Covers Metal Jacketing Installation

A new ASTM International standard covers installation techniques for metal jacketing on mechanical insulation systems. ASTM’s thermal insulation committee (C16) developed the new standard, soon to be available as C1879. 

Metal jacketing is used as the protective cover over pipe and rigid tubing insulation in most outdoor applications, which include oil, gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food/beverage manufacture and storage, chilled water, potable water, and sewer systems. 

ASTM International Honors Patrick Schneider with Top Annual Award from Key Committee

ASTM International presented its top annual award – the Award of Merit – to Patrick Schneider, manager, quality assurance at Allied Mineral Products (Pell City, Alabama, USA), for his contributions to the refractories committee (C08). 

New Standard Will Help with Foundry Heat Stress Management

A new ASTM International standard will help protect foundry workers who routinely handle molten metal. ASTM’s occupational health and safety committee (E34) developed the new standard (E3279).

The standard includes an objective framework for recognizing heat stress and heat strain in foundries and it provides for the use of best practices to manage heat exposures to minimize heat strain. 

ASTM International Signs Memorandum of Understanding with NSERC HI-AM Network

Representatives from global standards organization ASTM International and Canada-based NSERC Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM Network) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement will support closer cooperation between ASTM and HI-AM Network to support the development of additive manufacturing standards.


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