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March 2009
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HEADLINES . . . This month’s top stories

To Our Readers,
We apologize if you received multiple mailings of last month’s newsletter. The problem with February’s eNews resulted from a technical glitch in transmission, which has been addressed and resolved. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to provide ASTM members with the latest up-to-date news from the Society. — Erin McElrone, ASTM eNews Editor

New Committee on Additive Manufacturing
A new ASTM International technical committee has been formed, Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing. The new initiative was driven by the cooperative efforts of ASTM and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) to bring forward consensus standards that will support the adoption of additive manufacturing across multiple industry sectors. Additive manufacturing technologies and processes help improve the design, test and manufacture of new products, resulting in quicker time-to-market and lower cost. Participation in Committee F42 is open to all technical experts with an interest and stake in the future of additive manufacturing technologies including consumers, federal agencies, manufacturers, suppliers, trade and professional associations and members of academia. [Full story]

ASTM Toy Safety Standard Required by U.S. Law
Under new federal legislation that took effect on Feb. 10, all toys sold in the United States must meet the safety requirements of ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. This new measure for protecting children from unsafe toys, which won strong bipartisan approval in Congress after nearly a year of hearings and debate, is part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The law makes the F963 standard a mandatory requirement for toys while the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) studies the standard's effectiveness and issues final consumer guidelines for toy safety. [Full story]

RSS Feeds on ASTM Web Site
New and expanded RSS feeds are now available on the ASTM Web site. Subscribers who choose RSS feeds on new standards, work items and publications can now choose to receive information either by interest area or by ASTM committee. Subscribers of journal papers can select one of three journals, and committee pages now have two feeds: committee-specific standards and committee-specific publications. RSS is a method for ASTM International to inform you of new Web content without you having to visit the Web site. Using an RSS reader, you can view news feeds that will include headlines, summaries and links to full stories. Click here to learn more about ASTM RSS feeds.

ASTM Advantage Award
ASTM International is seeking success stories that demonstrate the benefits of standardization for the 2009 ASTM International Advantage Award. The goal of the award is to gather real-life examples that support the positive value of ASTM standards. Original papers should provide background information and data showing such values as cost savings, efficiency, market access, etc. The cash prizes are $15,000 for the first prize, $10,000 for the second prize and $5,000 for the third prize. The deadline for submissions is June 1. [Full story]

Cavanaugh Memorial Award
ASTM International is seeking nominations for the the 2009 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. This annual award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the standards system who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards. Nominees for the Cavanaugh Memorial Award may or may not be members of ASTM International. The deadline for submissions is April 1. [Full story]

GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world

ASTM Visits Indonesia
In February, ASTM Vice President of Global Cooperation Teresa Cendrowska visited the offices of Badan Standardisasi Naional (BSN), the national standards body of Indonesia, in Jakarta, Indonesia. During the visit, a virtual session with BSN representatives and ASTM members and staff was held, featuring technical presentations on ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and the use of biodiesel and ethanol standards. The technical session was followed by a presentation and general discussions on ASTM International, international standards cooperation and education, and the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by ASTM and BSN in 2004, as well as an extensive question and answer session.

Year of the Professor in Columbia
Thirteen professors from six universities in Bogota, Colombia, visited the offices of Asociación Colombiana de productores de Concreto (ASOCRETO) in February in order to learn more about ASTM's Year of the Professor initiative and ASTM Online Centers in Columbia. ASTM member Manuel Lascarro, director of special projects for ASOCRETO, hosted the meeting.

COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Toy Safety
A revised version of the Committee F15 toy safety standard is now available. Changes made to the standard include revisions to the section on ingestion of magnetic components in toys. [Full story]

Artificial Turf
A new Committee F08 standard that provides a test for vertical permeability of synthetic turf will be useful to designers, testing agencies and contractors in minimizing problems associated with field drainage. [Full story]

Light Sport Aircraft
Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft will meet March 30 to April 1 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in conjunction with AERO Friedrichshafen 2009. [Full story]

Galvanized Steel
A new specification from Committee A05 addresses the galvanizing process as it is used across a variety of industries, including construction, automotive and transportation. [Full story]

Steel Core Wire
Two new B01 standards for steel core wire will be useful in providing transmission cable that will make the most of the existing infrastructure in gaining electrical transmission efficiency. [Full story]

A newly approved test method is the latest in a series of biofilm standards being developed by Committee E35 on Pesticides. [Full story]

Thermo-Diffusion Coatings
Committee A05's new standard will provides an environmentally friendly means of corrosion protection. [Full story]

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Sustainable Highways

The stimulus package signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama in February includes $48 billion for transportation projects, with $27.5 billion allotted for highway and bridge construction and repair. Creating more environmentally responsible or sustainable roads and infrastructures is a pivotal part of the plan, and ASTM International plays an important role in that regard, with several committees and subcommittees that develop standards related to the sustainable construction of roads and bridges. ASTM Subcommittee D04.99 on Sustainable Highway Construction, part of Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials, develops standards involving sustainable materials that consider and improve the impact on the environment, and are currently working on a new standard guide intended to help state agencies implement green programs. Part of Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, Subcommittee D18.14 develops standards related to the geotechnics of sustainable construction using recycled materials and industrial byproducts. Other subcommittees developing standards that contribute to sustainable highway development include C09.24 on Supplementary Cementitious Materials, C09.26 on Chemical Reactions, C09.27 on Ground Slag and C09.40 on Ready-Mixed Concrete, all part of Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates.

PUBLICATIONS . . . Publications from ASTM now available

ASTM International Biodiesel Fuel Web Portal

Aviation Fuel Quality Control Procedures, 4th Edition

Monograph 7, Physics and Chemistry of Micro-Nanotribology

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CALENDAR . . . Committee Weeks, Symposia and Workshops, TPTs

Upcoming ASTM Committee Week Meetings

April Committee Week, April 19-24, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
May Committee Week, May 17-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

See information on ASTM technical committee meetings and committee weeks, including locations, detailed schedules and future meeting dates

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Upcoming Symposia & Workshops

A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys
Eighth International Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies: Developments in Rolling Bearing Steels and Testing
May 21-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys
Workshop on Corrosion Mitigation and High Strength Steel in Concrete Structures
May 18, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys
Workshop on Copper's Role in Renewable Energy Application
April 22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

C16 on Thermal Insulation
Second Symposium on Heat-Air-Moisture Transport: Measurements and Implications in Buildings
April 19-20, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications
Technical Seminar on Antifouling Paint Highlights: Regulatory, Technology and Performance Testing
June 23, Norfolk, VA

D18 on Soil and Rock
Fourth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments: Sustainable Management and Remediation
June 30-July 3, Dublin, Ireland

D22 on Air Quality
2009 ASTM Johnson Conference: Standardization of Mold Response Procedures
July 13-15, Burlington, VT

E08 on Fatigue and Fracture
Ninth International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics (37th ASTM National Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics)
May 20-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

E18 on Sensory Evaluation
Seminar on Sensory and Consumer Research in a Global Marketplace
April 22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices
Workshop on Determining the Need and Developing a Strategy for a Neurotoxicity Testing Battery
May 19, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

F16 on Fasteners
Workshop on the Effect of Coatings on the Structural Integrity of Fasteners
May 20, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

F34 on Rolling Element Bearings
2009 Technical Workshop on Rolling Element Bearings
May 12-14, Hawthorne, CA

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Upcoming Technical & Professional Training (TPT) Courses

Aviation Fuels
April 28-30, San Diego, CA

Coal Chemistry Technician Training
May 20-21 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic, and Gas Tests
May 12-13, Akron, OH

Diesel Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods
March 24-26, Los Angeles,CA
April 28-30, Atlanta, GA

Fire Hazards In Oxygen Systems
May 19-20, Houston, TX
June 16-17, Atlanta, GA

Gasoline: Specifications, Testing and Technology
May 19-21, New Orleans, LA

Major Testing Techniques for Plastics: An Introduction
May 12-14, Las Vegas, NV

Marine Fuels
May 5-7, Houston, TX

Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Processes
March 31-April 2, West Conshohocken, PA
April 14-16, Austin, TX
May 12-14, Kansas City, MO
June 16-18, Little Rock, AR


Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Practices for Commercial Real Estate: Transaction Screen & Phase I Site Assessment
March 24-25, Phoenix, AZ
April 7-8, New Orleans, LA
April 28-29, Orlando, FL
May 12-13, New York, NY
June 2-3, San Diego, CA
June 9-10, Chicago, IL

Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Wearing Apparel
April 21, Atlanta, GA
June 16, New York, NY

Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear
April 22, Atlanta, GA
June 17, New York, NY

Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA) Applied at Petroleum Release Sites
May 12-13, East Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing, and Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods
April 16-17, Akron, OH

Screening Properties Involved in Real Estate Transactions for Potential Vapor Intrusion Issues
March 3, Atlanta, GA
March 4, Orlando, FL
April 21, Chicago, IL
April 22, St. Louis, MO
May 5, Cincinnati, OH
May 6, Detroit, MI
June 2, Plainview, NY
June 3, Edison, NJ
June 4, West Conshohocken, PA

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Erin McElrone, Editor

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