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ASTM International - New ASTM standard on general aviation

Technology, Design and Safety for Small Airplanes

Anyone who routinely flies will benefit from a new ASTM standard on general aviation. The new standard (F3114, Specification for Structures) addresses the structural airworthiness requirements of small airplanes, from lightweight propeller-driven planes to light business jets. (read more)

ASTM International - Standards Spur 3D Printing

ASTM is spearheading an effort that will standardize requirements for the reliability and interoperability of additive manufacturing technologies.

By Jack Maxwell

At one time the manufacturing landscape was dominated by huge factories filled with massive machine tools and loud, hectic production lines. Think of the steel mills of Pittsburgh and Germany’s Ruhr Valley,... (read more)

ASTM International - Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Gets Smart

ASTM standards help drug manufacturers improve production processes. (read more)

ASTM International - Medical Device Cleanup - proposed Standard

A proposed ASTM International standard will help develop “test soils” that validate cleaning methods for reusable medical devices. This will help companies that make endoscopes, clamps, suction tubes, arthroscopic shavers and other devices, as well as companies that provide cleaning systems for those products.

Reusable medical devices are often exposed to biological ma... (read more)

ASTM International - Airplane Load Determination

A new ASTM standard addresses airworthiness requirements for design loads and conditions of small aircraft. The goals of the standard (soon to be published as F3116/F3116M, Specification for Design Loads and Conditions) will help increase safety, lower certification costs and support innovation. (read more)

ASTM International - Stronger Roads

A new ASTM test method will support geogrids, which are a geosynthetic formed of a regular network of integrally connected elements with openings, referred to as apertures, that ensure strong and resilient roads by stabilizing surrounding soil and rock. The test described in the standard (D7864/D7864M, Test Method for Determining the Aperture Stability Modulus of Geogrids) will help ensu... (read more)

ASTM International - What’s in a Word?

Terminology is an essential part of ASTM standards and the Terminology Dictionary aids this work.

ASTM’s Blue Book, Form and Style for ASTM Standards, requires that all technical standards include a terminology section. The requirement advises you to “Keep it simple” and use a dictionary definition when possible, but putting a small glossary... (read more)