ASTM International eNews
June 2014
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New ASTM Committee Established - Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles  
A new ASTM technical committee, F45 on Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles, has been approved by the board of directors. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are computer-controlled wheel-based load carriers that run on the plant floor - or if outdoors, on a paved area - without the need for an onboard operator or driver. AGVs provide many benefits to a workplace and are used in several industries, from warehouse distribution to food/beverage and healthcare. All interested parties are invited to join in the development of F45 standards. For more information, contact F45 staff manager Pat Picariello. [Full Story]  

Registration Open for 2014 Officers' Training Workshop
The 2014 ASTM Officers' Training Workshop will be held Sept. 9-10 at ASTM headquarters. This free workshop is a useful program for committee officers, subcommittee chairs, technical contacts and others in leadership positions, and features various modules on the ASTM standards development process and how to effectively manage responsibilities within ASTM committees. New this year - a revised schedule with more condensed training to accommodate travel, and a scheduled roundtable discussion with ASTM staff. Online registration is now open. View the scheduled workshops and register. 

Academic Research Paper Competition - Win a Trip to Committee Week  
To recognize the achievements and scholarly work of our student members, a paper competition is being offered as part of the 2014 Focus on Academic Research Campaign. Students can submit their ASTM-related research paper and compete for an opportunity to attend an ASTM technical committee meeting this fall in New Orleans. Deadline is June 15. Click here for contest entry requirements. 

Keeping Pace With Standards - Free e-Book for Download  
A free e-book now available for download on the ASTM website will help readers learn the new workflow strategies that make it easy to stay current with new and revised standards. Keeping up with constantly changing standards can be time consuming and costly. This useful publication will help you identify ways to reduce the strain of changing standards on your organization while remaining relevant and informed. Download the free e-book here.   

Annual Business Meeting in June
The 2014 ASTM International Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members' Breakfast on Wednesday, June 25, during the June Committee Week in Toronto, Ontario. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

Free ASTM Member and Officer Training
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses include New Member Orientation and Training (June 11, Aug. 26), Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (June 19), Task Group Chairs and Technical Contacts (June 5), and ASTM Online Tools (June 12). On-Demand tutorials such as Strategic Planning and New Activity Development, Electronic Balloting and more are also available. Visit




Surgical Needles 
A new Committee F04 test method covers strength and penetration of needles used in surgical sutures. [Full Story] 
Bath Mats  
Committee D13 is developing a specification that will cover all aspects of producing a quality bath mat. [Full Story] 

Committee C11 has approved two new standards for nonmetallic plaster base, also known as lath. [Full Story] 
Roller-Compacted Concrete      
A proposed Committee C09 standard will provide a test method for determining the density and air content of roller-compacted concrete. [Full Story]

Plastic Pressure Pipe     

Committee F17 is working on a standard that will cover premier high-density polyethylene compounds used in a variety of plastic piping systems throughout the world. [Full Story]  

Antimicrobial Agents     
Committee E35 is developing a new standard for evaluating antibacterial activity on textiles. [Full Story]

Air Quality

Committee D22's proposed standard will help users decide which air sampler type to use when monitoring air quality. [Full Story] 

Power Transmission Poles

Committee A01's latest standard addresses forged bases for power transmission poles. [Full Story]

Powdered Materials 
A proposed Committee E29 standard will provide a general approach to measuring powders, suspensions or slurries using the appropriate wet or dry methodology. [Full Story]  



Celebrating 10 Years of MOUs 
In May, Teresa Cendrowska, vice president of global cooperation, presented Certificates of Recognition to two standards bodies in celebration of 10 years of collaboration and partnership through the ASTM Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) program. ASTM signed MOUs with the Standards Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC) and the Vietnam Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ) in 2004. Initiated in 2001, the MOU program is designed to facilitate the participation of technical experts from around the world in the ASTM standards development process. Through MOU agreements, global national standards bodies reference, adopt, or use ASTM standards as the basis of their national standards. ASTM has signed 86 MOUs with national or regional standards bodies.

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Stop Slips and Falls  


Every June, the National Safety Council brings attention to important safety issues though its National Safety Month campaign. Each week of the month has a different safety-related theme. This year, Week 2 is dedicated to "stopping slips, trips and falls," which is also the goal of ASTM Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear. The more than 330 experts who make up Committee F13 develop standards for pedestrian safety for the fit and function of footwear in relation to interfaces, walking surfaces and devices used for the evaluation of pedestrian traction, and encourage research in the field. The standards are designed to protect consumers and workers alike. Visit the committee's Web page and view the full list of F13 standards.


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The Mechanism of Concussion in Sports   




 June Committee Week
June 22-27,
Toronto, ON

 D02 Committee Week
June 22-26,
Indianapolis, IN

Oct. 8-9, New Orleans, LA

Sept. 16-17, Detroit, MI

Oct. 27-29, San Francisco, CA

Sept. 23-25, Detroit, MI
Oct. 28-30, San Antonio, TX

Oct. 7-8, New Orleans, LA

Sept. 9-11, Chicago, IL

Marine Fuels
Sept. 23-25, San Francisco, CA   
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate 
June 10-11, ASTM HQ
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Sept. 23-24, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 7-8, New Orleans, LA  
June 3-5, San Diego, CA
July 22-24, Anchorage, AK
Sept. 16-18, ASTM HQ
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Houston, TX

Plastics Testing Techniques
Aug 26-28, Boston, MA 
Oct. 28-30, Las Vegas, NV  

Property Condition Assessments
Sept. 16-17, Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 14-15, Phoenix, AZ
June 12, ASTM HQ
Sept. 25, Atlanta, GA 

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