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
ASTM's Proficiency Test Program for Textiles provides participating laboratories with a statistical quality assurance (SQA) tool, enabling them to compare their performance in the use of ASTM methods for woven fabrics against other laboratories worldwide.
Conducted biannually, this program provides (for each test cycle) three test samples, a hyperlink to record and submit test data, and instructions for conducting the tests.
Test samples include light, medium, and heavy-duty woven fabrics. Laboratories are instructed to conduct the tests in their facilities using the ASTM methods cited in the program (or other methods used by the lab) and to record their test results on the interactive form.
Each laboratory electronically submits their test data to ASTM for use in generating statistical summary reports. ASTM handles all data on a strictly confidential basis with no disclosure of lab identity except for one's own laboratory. Final reports contain all laboratory test data (coded), statistical analysis of test data, charts plotting test results versus lab code, and other information.
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Air Permeability of Textiles Fabrics
Tearing Strength of Fabrics by Falling-Pendulum Type (Elmendorf) Apparatus
Tearing Strength of Fabrics by the Tongue (Single Rip) Procedure
Fabric Count of Woven Fabric
Mass Per Unit Area (Weight) of Fabric
Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)
Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Strip Method)
Tearing Strength of Textiles Fabrics (Trapezoid Procedure)
NOTE: List of tests subject to change
Test samples are prepared and distributed for ASTM International by WFK America/Phoenix Business Solutions, LLC in Rocky Hill, SC. Program registration fees include the cost of shipping the test samples to the U.S participants or, for international participants, to a third-party shipping agent located inside the U.S.
IMPORTANT for International participants: You have the following options for receipt of samples:
This program provides you with:
Each laboratory returns their completed test data to ASTM for use in generating statistical summary reports. Final reports, provided to participants only, contain:
Should you have an issue with your published results, please write to email@example.com with your lab number and account number.
Three textile swatches will be used in this program for each test cycle
Participation is on an annual fee basis and open to all laboratories. Registration fees must be paid in advance to participate. Testing must be performed within the participant.s laboratory facilities. A laboratory does not need to perform all the program tests to participate.