HEADLINES... This month’s top stories:
National Association of Manufacturers Approves Statement on International Standards
2008 ASTM Advantage Award
ASTM is again seeking success stories that clearly demonstrate the benefits of ASTM standards with the 2008 Advantage Award. Papers should demonstrate real life examples of the positive impact of an ASTM standard(s) and include supporting data and background information. Cash prizes for this year's award are $15,000 for first prize; $10,000 for second prize; and $5,000 for third prize. For more information, click here.
GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world:
Standards Institution of Israel
ASTM staff members recently met with representatives of the Standards Institution of Israel (SII). Topics discussed during the meeting included the existing Memorandum of Understanding between ASTM and SII, the upcoming ASTM-sponsored technical training program on flammability of wearing apparel and flammability of children's sleepwear, ASTM's procedures for the development of international standards and outreach to academia.
Coordinated Program in Beijing
In April, ASTM staff members and technical experts conducted the first of four coordinated program events planned for 2008 in Beijing, China, in conjunction with Hinton Information Systems. The programs represent a new approach to providing audiences in MOU countries with a comprehensive overview of ASTM. The topic of the program was "Energy Efficiency and Construction in Sustainability." Speakers included Mr. John Mulder, project manager for Intertek ETL SEMKO, who presented information on the work of various subcommittees of Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings and their contributions to sustainability, and Becky Wang, code and testing leader-Asia Pacific, Owens Corning (China) Investment Co. Ltd., who spoke on the technical implications of using the standards of Committee C16 on Thermal Insulation as the basis of Chinese national standards applied into the Chinese building code.
China’s Hefei General Machinery Institute
In April, ASTM hosted a delegation from the Hefei General Machinery Research Institute, a multidisciplinary and comprehensive national class A scientific research institute under the direct jurisdiction of the China National Machinery Industry Corp. At the meetings, which were held at ASTM headquarters, ASTM staff presented overviews of ASTM International and information about Committees A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys, A04 on Iron Castings, C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle and E10 on Nuclear Technology and its Applications. Other topics discussed included the ASTM balloting process and ASTM’s partnership with China.
ASTM Hosts Russian Delegation
The second ASTM coordinated program of 2008 will be held the week of May 5 in Orlando, FL, in cooperation with the Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology (GOST-R) and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. The program is being co-sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International), the American Petroleum Institute (API International) and ASTM International. Topics to be discussed include the global use of standards for the petroleum, steel, automotive and aerospace industries.
COMMITTEE NEWS... The latest from ASTM's technical committees:
Nanotech Standards to Aid in Cancer Research
Insulating Concrete Form Systems
Personnel Certificate Program Subcommittee
Testing of Motion-Preserving Implants
HDPE Water Quality Units
Backed Vinyl Siding, Bioreactor Landfill Conditions
Glass Transition Temperature
DID YOU KNOW?...Subcommittees on Playground Equipment
Safety on the Playground
As the temperatures climb and the days get longer, many families will be heading to the playground to pass the time. To prevent unnecessary injuries, playground equipment, whether right in your back yard or at a public park, should conform to ASTM standards. Subcommittees within ASTM Committee F15 on Consumer Products have developed consumer safety standards for both home and public playground equipment that address
issues such as head and neck entrapment,
playground layout, accessibility,
maintenance and labeling. The standards cover equipment for both children 2 to 12 years of age and children under two, and they are reviewed and revised as the play equipment industry changes, with the common goal of keeping all children safe while they are having fun.
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2008 Building Codes
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