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Quality assurance makes a difference in all realms of industry and science. ASTM standards on quality and statistics, accreditation and certification, and other relevant subjects help ensure product and process quality. See below for the latest news on ASTM's activities in this area, and explore relevant standards, committee meeting dates and more in the boxes to the left.

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Watching Paint Dry

When Kenneth Tator founded Kenneth Tator Associates in 1949 — at that time a sole proprietorship operated from the Tator residence in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — the business was based on the KTA Test Panel, invented by Tator for the comparative evaluation of coating systems. The KTA Test Panel was designed and fabricated to have more than a dozen typical coating failure points including sharp edges, pits, weld spatter, crevices and impact damage, all on a small steel coupon. The ...

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Developing Standards Professionals

In forming the group that would become the International Cooperation for Education about Standardiza... READ MORE »

Powder Bed Fusion of Plastic Materials

A new ASTM International standard for powder bed fusion of plastic materials will provide a common s... READ MORE »

Leveraging Standards in the Energy Resurgence

Marathon Petroleum’s Fred Walas talks about today’s energy developments, sustainability at his c... READ MORE »

Power of Participation

They say knowledge is power. And the marketplace power that comes from knowing what work is under wa... READ MORE »

Metal Powder Bed Fusion

Products for medical implants and aerospace components are two of the applications of powder bed fus... READ MORE »

AASHTO and ASTM Partner in Transportation Portal

A vehicle moves along an interconnected transportation system. It’s the bridge over the local cree... READ MORE »

Properties of Metal Powders for Additive Manufacturing

High grade biomedical implants and automotive and aerospace parts are among the objects that can be ... READ MORE »

Strategic Standardization

SCC leader John Walter discusses the strategic value of standardization, his organization’s priori... READ MORE »

ASTM's Technical Information Resource

A researcher investigates a new asphalt additive and tests with a standard from Committee C09 on Con... READ MORE »

Architecture and Building Science Education in North America

When the design of a building falls short of expectations and performance suffers as a consequence, ... READ MORE »