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New Proficiency Testing of Plastics
A new ASTM proficiency testing program on thermal analyses of plastics (TAP) will be offered in 2010. Test results received through the program will allow laboratories to monitor their thermal analyses strengths and weaknesses in order to maintain accreditation status and compare their test results with labs around the world. Visit the ASTM Web site for more information and to register.
Virtual Officers' Training
There is still time to register for the upcoming Virtual Officers' Training Week, to be held Sept. 21-24. The online training, which will be conducted by ASTM staff, is intended primarily for committee officers, subcommittee chairs, or those who aspire to become officers. Visit the ASTM Web site to register.
Home Playgrounds The revised version of Committee F15's consumer safety specification no longer allows home playground sets designed with swings that attach to an upper body component (such as “monkey bars”). [Full story]
Nickel Alloys A new test method from Committee E01 will help users properly prepare and analyze various nickel-based alloy samples by inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometry. [Full story]
Concrete Topics covered by four new standards from Committee C09 include aggregate resistivity, lightweight aggregates, methacrylate bonding systems and semi-adiabatic calorimetry. [Full story]
GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world
India Representatives from India's Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and the Department of Chemical and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India, met with staff at ASTM headquarters in August. The highlight of the meeting was the formal signing of the letter of implementation for a training and collaboration program scheduled to take place in November. At this time, eight technical experts from several CIPET campuses will attend an intensive two-week program that will include training at ASTM headquarters and participation in the November committee week meetings of Committee D20 on Plastics.
Shanghai Workshop A two-day workshop on coatings for nuclear power plants will be held Oct. 22-23 at the Shanghai, China, offices of the Shanghai Nuclear Energy Research and Design Institute (SNERDI). The workshop is co-sponsored by SNERDI and ASTM Committee D33 on Protective Coating and Lining Work for Power Generation Facilities. This international industry forum will feature speakers from the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and the United States. For more information, contact Liu Fei, ASTM's chief representative in China.
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