PTP Program

Petroleum Wax

2023 Annual Fee:
$957.00

Schedule: February, June, October
Sample amount distributed each test cycle: 6 lbs
Register for Multiple Programs
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Accredited Proficiency Testing Provider*

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

List of Programs and Scopes

About The Program

ASTM's Petroleum Wax Proficiency Testing Program provides laboratories with a statistical quality assurance tool, enabling them to compare, improve, and maintain, a high level of performance in the use of ASTM physical property tests on petroleum waxes with other laboratories worldwide.

Samples, test instructions and data report forms are distributed electronically to each participant on the date samples are distributed. Labs have approximately 8 weeks to submit test data with the final statistical summary reports being electronically distributed in approximately 25 business days.

For more information, contact us.

Why Should Your Laboratory Participate?

ASTM's Proficiency Test Program provides you with:

  • A useful and meaningful statistical quality assurance tool to monitor the strengths and weaknesses of your laboratory's performance in conducting testing.
  • The resource you need to satisfy proficiency testing elements of laboratory accreditation.
  • A periodic comparison of test results with other participating laboratories.

Should you have an issue with your published results, please write to ptp@astm.org with your lab number and account number.

Test Materials

Three types of petroleum waxes will be used in program testing, namely; fully refined paraffin waxes, slack or scale waxes and high molecular weight waxes. A 2.7 kg (approx 6 lb) sample of "one program wax" will be provided to each participant each test cycle.

Samples, test instructions, and data report sheets are distributed to each participant preceding the testing month. Labs have approximately six weeks to return test data to ASTM with final summary reports mailed to participants approximately 20-25 business days following receipt of test data

Test Parameters

D156, D6045, D1500, D2008

Color

D938

Congealing Point

D1298, D4052

Density

D92

Flash Point

D87, D127

Melting Point

D1321

Needle Penetration @ 25°C and 40°C

D1833

Odor

D721

Oil Content

D3235

Solvent Extractables

D445

Viscosity, Kinematic @ 100°C

NOTE: List of tests subject to change.

Distribution Of Samples

Test samples are prepared and distributed for ASTM International by Clark Labs in Jefferson Hills, PA. Program registration fees include the cost of shipping the test samples to U.S. participants or, for international participants, to a third-party shipping agent located in the U.S.

IMPORTANT for International participants: You have the following options for receipt of samples:

  • Ship through a third party shipping agent - Provide ASTM International with the complete contact information of a designated Shipping Agent located in the U.S. who will be responsible for shipping samples from the U.S. to your facility. Participants are responsible for making financial and shipping arrangements directly with the shipping agent.
    • Please be advised that when samples are shipped, an e-mail is sent only to the contact of record on your ASTM PTP account. It is the customer’s responsibility to advise their designated shipper that the sample has been shipped.
    • We cannot permit shipping agents to pick up samples at our distributors’ warehouses.
  • Ship directly from the sample distributor via UPS, DHL, or FEDEX - Provide ASTM International with your shipping account number to cover shipping charges. Check that your carrier will deliver the test materials to your location. Materials classified as Hazardous may have restrictions.
    • You are responsible for additional fees charged-back to our distributor for any reason relative to your sample shipment including, but not limited to, fees for fuel surcharges, missing/invalid account numbers, dangerous goods, remote area delivery, and multiple delivery attempts.
  • Product Shipment Specs
    • Quantity: 6lbs
    • Shipping Weight: 6lbs
    • Dimensions: 7.5x7.5x10"
    • ECCN: EAR99
    • Harm Code: 2710.90.0000
  • Generic SDS

Program Requirements

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.

About Astm International Committee D02 On Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, And Lubricants

About ASTM International COMMITTEE D02 ON PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, LIQUID FUELS AND LUBRICANTS provides the technical direction for the program. Test information generated through the program is utilized by Committee D02 to determine if modifications to ASTM International methods or new methods are warranted and to analytically review program test results. (All data and related information generated from the program is coded to maintain lab confidentiality.)