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New ASTM International Electronics Standard Will Impact Tantalum Industry

A proposed new standard currently being developed by ASTM International Committee F01 on Electronics will prove to be useful to the tantalum sputtering target industry. The proposed standard, WK9490, Test Method for Reporting Crystallographic Orientation of Sputtering Target Materials, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F01.17 on Sputter Metallization.

ASTM International Committee on Shipbuilding Contributes to Marine Environmental Engineering Technology Symposium

ASTM International Committee F25 on Shipbuilding is supporting the 2006 Marine Environmental Engineering Technology Symposium, Common Issues, Common Solutions Government/Industry Partnership. Other sponsors of the event, which will occur Jan. 23-25, at the Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Va., are the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the American Bureau of Shipping.

Oil Spill Cleanup to Be Aided by Proposed In-Situ Burning Standard

The ongoing need to deal with oil in stranded ships, especially those in remote areas, is the impetus behind a proposed new standard being developed by ASTM International Committee F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response. One possible response to such a crisis, burning the oil on the ship before it can damage the environment, is the subject of the proposed standard, F 2533, Guide for In-Situ Burning of Oil in Ships or Other Vessels. F 2533 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F20.15 on In-Situ Burning.

Determining Loss on Ignition Is the Subject of Proposed ASTM International Coal and Coke Standard

ASTM International Committee D05 on Coal and Coke is seeking participation in the development of a proposed new standard, WK9165, Test Methods for Loss on Ignition of Solid Combustion Residues.

According to John Riley, a recently retired chemistry professor at Western Kentucky University, the question of how loss on ignition testing is done is an issue that a task group he chairs began looking at six years ago.

ASTM International Interlaboratory Crosscheck Programs on New and Used Hydraulic Fluids and Oils are Open for Registration

Interested laboratories can now register for two New ASTM Interlaboratory Crosscheck Programs. The two programs are:

  • Hydraulic Fluids/Oils, and
  • In-Service Hydraulic Fluids and Oils.

Both Crosscheck Programs will provide statistical quality assurance tools that will enable laboratories to maintain or improve a high level of performance in conducting routine ASTM tests by comparing results with other laboratories.

Extensive Feedback Results in New ASTM International Guide for Limited Asbestos Screens

Properly dealing with asbestos has been a problem within the real estate industry for decades. In the 1990s, a large number of lawsuits and settlements reflected the lack of understanding between users and producers regarding the scope, objectives and limitations of asbestos surveys, assessments and screens (terms that were often used interchangeably, if not correctly).

Committee on Paint and Related Coatings to Hold Mini-Symposium on Statistics and Standardization

ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications will hold its annual mini-symposium on Jan. 24, 2006, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The focus of the sessions will be on the role and use of statistics in the development of standard test methods, with emphasis on recent developments. The following three lectures will be given during the two-hour event.

Statistical Requirements Inside and Outside ASTM International

Interlaboratory Crosscheck Program on Biodiesel Now Offered by ASTM International and AOCS

A new Interlaboratory Crosscheck Program (ILCP) on Biodiesel is being offered by ASTM International Proficiency Testing in cooperation with the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) ( The program will provide participating laboratories with statistics that can be used to improve or maintain high performance levels in their laboratories when conducting routine ASTM biodiesel analyses.


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