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Proposed Cannabis Specification Establishes Symbol for THC Content

A proposed ASTM International standard would establish symbols for all consumer products that contain THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.  ASTM’s cannabis committee (D37) is developing the proposed standard (WK72710).

Proposed Exoskeleton Standard Will Help Prevent Ergonomic Hazards and Injuries

A proposed ASTM International standard would help provide functional ergonomic guidelines for the design, construction, and use of exoskeletons. ASTM’s committee on exoskeletons and exosuits (F48) is developing the proposed standard (WK73074).

Proposed 3D Imaging Standard Will Focus on Robotic Assembly Applications

A proposed ASTM International standard is intended to focus on robotic assembly applications. ASTM’s 3D imaging systems committee (E57) is developing the proposed standard (WK72962), which should be the first in a series of standards on 3D, or depth perception, systems. 

According to ASTM International member John Sweetser, principal engineer, Intel Corp/Realsense Group, there are currently few established standards for 3D systems.

Soil and Rock Committee Developing Proposed Standards on Sediment Retention and Erosion Control

ASTM International’s soil and rock committee (D18) is developing proposed standards that cover sediment retention fiber rolls (SRFRs) and rolled erosion control products (RECPs). D18’s erosion and sediment control technology subcommittee (D18.25) is developing the proposed standards. 

Proposed standard WK39691 will help measure the basic physical properties of SRFRs, which are used to inhibit the migration of sediment that has been displaced and carried by flowing water. 

Proposed Plastic Piping Standard Will Test for Deterioration Resistance

A proposed ASTM International standard would be used to evaluate the resistance of polypropylene piping to deterioration when used in circulating domestic hot water systems. ASTM’s plastic piping systems committee (F17) is developing the proposed standard (WK66288). 

New ASTM International Activity to Focus on Alternative Natural Rubber Sources

ASTM International’s rubber committee (D11) has formed a new subcommittee that will focus on alternative sources of natural rubber and natural rubber latex. Polymer experts, as well as representatives from regulatory bodies, are encouraged to join in developing new standards within this subcommittee.

According to ASTM International member and former board chair Tom Marsh, who will lead the subcommittee, products made from sources covered by the subcommittee include medical devices and personal protective equipment.

Proposed Forensic Science Standard Will Aid Fire Debris Investigations

A proposed ASTM International standard will aid in the identification of ignitable liquids in fire debris. ASTM’s forensic sciences committee (E30) is developing the proposed standard (WK64631). 

The proposed standard makes recommendations on which existing ASTM International fire debris analysis standards would be best to use during investigations, aiding fire debris analysts as they prepare and examine evidence. 

Air Quality Committee Developing Proposed Standard for Metal Determination

A proposed ASTM International standard will help in analysis for trace metals using air and wipe sampling practices. ASTM’s air quality committee (D22) is developing the proposed standard (WK72704).

The proposed standard covers the digestion of airborne and surface dust samples (collected using air and wipe sample practices) and associated quality control samples for the determination of metals using a mixture of dilute ammonium bifluoride and nitric acid.

New Aromatic Chemical Standard Provides Test for Monoethylene Glycol Impurities

A new ASTM International standard will help determine impurities in monoethylene glycol (MEG). ASTM’s committee on aromatic, industrial, specialty, and related chemicals (D16) developed the standard, which will soon be published as D8311.

MEG is used predominantly as a raw material in the production of polyester fibers, but it is also commonly used as a heat transfer fluid and a component in antifreeze.

Proposed Standard Provides Test for Coating Wettability

A proposed ASTM International standard will allow manufacturers to make better use of portable goniometers to measure angles of drops of liquid when applied to a surface for testing the wettability of coatings, substrates, and pigments. ASTM’s paint and related coatings, materials, and applications committee (D01) is developing the proposed standard (WK72334).

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