Small Is BigSmall and Medium Sized Enterprises, ASTM and the Benefits of Collaboration
By Cicely Enright
At ASTM, small is big.
Small and medium sized enterprises, which make major contributions to economic growth and job creation around the world, also contribute to their industries through the standards they help develop. The ASTM–SME synergy benefits its par...(read more)
How standards impact testing equipment manufactured by global SME Elcometer.
By John Fletcher
Most of the equipment in Elcometer’s product line complies with standards, so ASTM test methods, guides and practices are important to both our customers and the usability of our products. Customers need to be confident that they can use Elcometer inspection and test equipmen...(read more)
A first-of-its-kind standard from ASTM International aims to support the introduction of ethanol as a cooking fuel, a step that will help people in developing countries access and use a safer alternative to wood, charcoal and other traditional fuels.
Each year, millions of people get sick or die due to household air pollution from cooking with traditional fuels such as wood or cha...(read more)
A new ASTM International standard will help to more quickly and accurately detect for contaminants called asphaltenes in a variety of petroleum products. The new standard (soon to be published as D7996, Test Method for Measuring Visible Spectrum of Asphaltenes in Heavy Fuel Oils and Crude Oils by Spectroscopy in a Microfluidic Platform) will thus improve efficiency in producing crude and...(read more)
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 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)