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Proposed Standard Test Method Will Cover Cotton Fiber Quality and Properties

A proposed ASTM International standard test method will cover the determination of maturity, fineness, ribbon width, and specific surface area (micronaire) of cotton fibers. ASTM International’s textiles committee (D13) is developing the proposed standard. 

ASTM International Expands Committee to Include Robotics, Automation, and Autonomous Systems

Global standards organization ASTM International announced a broadened scope of its robotics, automation, and autonomous systems committee (F45). The committee was previously known as the driverless automatic guided industrial vehicles committee.

The updated committee scope will now address standards development for automatic, automated, and autonomous vehicles, robotic arms and manipulators, and sensors used in these systems, for smart infrastructures, advanced manufacturing, logistics, and other automation.

Proposed ASTM International Standard Seeks to Reduce Catheter Infections

An ASTM International standard test method seeks to evaluate antimicrobial catheters to prevent bacterial colonization. ASTM International’s pesticides, antimicrobials, and alternative control agents committee (E35) is developing the proposed standard.

Proposed ASTM Standard Would Support Small Aircraft Structure Evaluation

A proposed ASTM International standard would address requirements to evaluate small aircraft components as low stress structures. ASTM’s general aviation aircraft committee (F44) is developing the proposed standard. 

ASTM International Develops New Practices for Design of Orbital and Suborbital Space Vehicles

ASTM International’s commercial spaceflight committee (F47) is developing new practices for the design of orbital and suborbital space vehicles. The proposed standards will address suggested best practices associated with the design of these vehicles including how well the vehicle accommodates and protects the crew and space flight participants during launch, flight, and return.

New Standard Supports Gold Nanoparticle Characterization

A new ASTM International standard will support the characterization of engineered gold nanoparticles used in advanced technologies, including biomedical applications. ASTM’s nanotechnology committee (E56) developed the new standard (E3269).

Gold nanoparticles are being used in electronics, catalysis, and advanced coatings, but the largest application has been for biomedical purposes. These include imaging, diagnostics, photothermal therapy and targeted drug delivery.

Proposed Cannabis Standard Will Establish Retail Dispensary Cybersecurity Protocols

A proposed ASTM International standard will establish best practices for retail dispensary businesses to protect critical database information covering inventory and patient and customer personal information. ASTM International’s cannabis committee (D37) is developing the proposed standard.

ASTM International Standard Proposed as National Standard of Canada

An ASTM International standard for flame mitigation devices on disposable fuel containers, published by the consumer products committee (F15), is being proposed as a National Standard of Canada (NSC). 

Additive Manufacturing Committee Seeks Participation in Developing Construction Standard

Interested parties are invited to participate in the development of a proposed ASTM International standard that will address quality requirements for additive manufacturing (AM) in building and construction. The proposed standard will have a specific focus on structural and infrastructure elements. ASTM International’s additive manufacturing technologies committee (F42) is developing the proposed standard.

Proposed Exoskeleton Standard Would Support Cleaning and Sanitation Procedures

A proposed ASTM International standard will provide a guide for cleaning and sanitizing exoskeletons used in the clinical environment. ASTM’s exoskeletons and exosuits committee (F48) is developing the proposed standard.


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