This program is accredited in accordance with the recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17043: 2010 Conformity Assessment - General Requirements for Proficiency Testing, by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. Certificate Number: 4209.01
This Proficiency Test Program includes the quantitative analysis of two different 6000 and 300 series aluminum alloys, in the Spring (May) and fall (November) respectively.
Basic elements to be determined by participants include silicon, iron, copper, manganese, chromium, nickel, zinc, vanadium, lead, magnesium, titanium, and tin. Additional elements will be included in the program from time to time.
Each laboratory electronically returns their completed test data to ASTM for use in generating statistical summary reports. Participants are permitted to use other methods in the analysis of the test sample, but all methods utilized must be documented on the data report form. Labs unable to follow a specific ASTM method to the ultimate detail due to specific equipment features and workload requirements are required to identify those areas where deviation occur.
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These programs are designed to provide participating laboratories with a statistical quality assurance tool enabling them to assess their performance in how they conduct a given test or series of tests by comparing their data against the data of other participating laboratories.
You receive test results available only to participating laboratories that will help you:
Should you have an issue with your published results, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org with your lab number and account number.
E607, Standard Test Method for Optical Emission Spectrometric Analysis of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys by the Point-to-Plane Technique, Nitrogen Atmosphere
E1251, Standard Test Method for Analysis of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys by Spark Atomic Emission Spectrometry
E3061 Standard Test Method for Analysis of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (Performance Based Method)
Test samples for the program will be provided by Arconic Spectrochemical Reference Materials in Alcoa Center, PA. The samples provided are homogeneity tested in accordance with E 826, Practice for Testing Homogeneity of Materials for the Development of Reference Materials. As a program participant you will receive test samples for each testing period, electronic submittal forms to record test data, and instructions for conducting the tests.
The summary reports, provided to participants only, contain: Each participating laboratory's test results (coded for confidentiality); Statistical analysis of test data; Charts plotting test results versus laboratory code; and Other pertinent information.
IMPORTANT for International participants: You have the following options for receipt of samples:
Participation is on an annual fee basis and open to all laboratories. Registration fees must be paid in advance to participate in the program. Testing must be performed within the participants' laboratory facilities using the specified ASTM methods