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  • By the Numbers

    By the Numbers

    In a sense, metrology makes the world go around. It can quantify how long it takes the Earth to rotate, and the science of weights and measurements underpins everything from telling time to ensuring the fairness of international trade agreements. ...

    Adam Bender

  • A Smaller Footprint - Sustainable Processes for Manufacturing

    A Smaller Footprint - Sustainable Processes for Manufacturing

    Manufacturers working to adopt sustainable practices will find support from a new ASTM International guide. This standard (E2986, Guide for Evaluation of Environmental Aspects of Sustainability of Manufacturing Processes) will serve as a key ...

    Richard Wilhelm

  • Enhancing Your Role as a Standards Professional

    Enhancing Your Role as a Standards Professional

    This article draws on and adds to previous articles in this series. Taken together, these articles describe how standards professionals can enhance their role and value in corporate planning and better address CEO needs. But what knowledge, skills ...

    Jeffrey Strauss

  • Ensuring Water Quality in Africa

    Ensuring Water Quality in Africa

    Water is essential for life, and “access to safe water is a fundamental human and, therefore, a basic human right.” With this statement and his address on World Water Day in 2001, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan put a ...

    Cicely Enright

  • Enhancing Your Role as a Standards Professional: Part 3: Maximizing the Value of Your Participation in Standards Development

    Enhancing Your Role as a Standards Professional: Part 3: Maximizing the Value of Your Participation in Standards Development

    A mindmap can help standards professionals communicate the complex connections of standards development, business benefits and the details of both: here’s what to consider. It is difficult to overestimate the importance of standards to ...

    Jeffrey Strauss

  • NTSB Investigates

    NTSB Investigates

    An independent U.S. government agency uses everything at its disposal, including ASTM standards, to determine the causes of transportation and pipeline accidents. An airplane battery catches on fire. A gas pipeline explodes. A bridge collapses. ...

    Cicely Enright

  • Enhancing Your Role as a Standards Professional, Part 2: Maximizing Input into Strategic Planning

    Enhancing Your Role as a Standards Professional, Part 2: Maximizing Input into Strategic Planning

    By providing input into roadmapping and scenario planning, you can make your technical committee work relevant to your company’s strategic plan. The first article in this series (“The Elevator Speech”) showed how to introduce the ...

    Jeffrey Strauss

  • Building Safety Redefined

    Building Safety Redefined

    Buildings today can meet societal and personal needs like never before, and standards are part of the picture. Robert A. Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, explains. How do you think building safety will be redefined in this century? ...

  • Enhancing Your Role as a Standards Professional - Part 1: The Elevator Speech

    Enhancing Your Role as a Standards Professional - Part 1: The Elevator Speech

    You know your participation in standards development is critical to your company, but does your company recognize this? Do you have the support and resources you need? Here’s how to develop a quick summary of what you do and what you need that ...

    Jeffrey Strauss

  • Infrastructure Maintenance - An Economic Opportunity

    Infrastructure Maintenance - An Economic Opportunity

    Public safety and the cost of doing business are deeply impacted when infrastructure is neglected. Here’s a look at the high cost of low maintenance and what can be done about it. A Bridge Too Far There are over 607,000 bridges in the United ...

    Jack Maxwell

  • Interview with Ronald Ebelhar, 2015 Chairman of the ASTM Board

    Interview with Ronald Ebelhar, 2015 Chairman of the ASTM Board

    Ron Ebelhar has provided leadership in civil engineering projects and ASTM technical committee work since the 1970s. This year, he brings his experience to his elected position as chairman of the ASTM board of directors. You have worked on dozens ...

  • Going Small

    Going Small

    There once was a time when science and engineering were considered not only good ways to make a living but maybe even “cool.” Today, with changes in aptitudes and priorities,1 young people are less inclined to consider the challenges of ...

    Alan Earls

  • Getting to Ballot

    Getting to Ballot

    For the new year, your next committee activity and your newer members, we offer a few suggestions about a more efficient standards development process. The suggestions come from staff managers in ASTM’s Technical Committee Operations division, ...

    Cicely Enright

  • The Many Uses of Activated Carbon

    The Many Uses of Activated Carbon

    Activated carbon is processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption. It has applications in the medical, environmental and energy realms, among others. Since 1962, ASTM Committee D28 on Activated ...

  • A Promising Future for Butanol

    A Promising Future for Butanol

    With several beneficial attributes that make it a good blending agent in gasoline, butanol continues to hold promise for use as a biofuel. It is compatible with existing vehicles and refueling infrastructure. Low vapor pressure, high octane number ...

  • Manufacturing: Poised for Growth

    Manufacturing: Poised for Growth

    An Interview with Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers According to the National Association of Manufacturers, an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States — about one in six private sector jobs ...

  • Get the Lead Out - Standards Aid in RoHS Compliance

    Get the Lead Out - Standards Aid in RoHS Compliance

    RoHS, the seminal European sustainability directive, and others like it challenge manufacturers to eliminate hazardous substances in their products. With RoHS compliance deadlines ongoing through at least the next five years, and more to come from ...

    Jack Maxwell

  • Combating Corrosion - Committee G01 Standards Fight Nature’s Destructive Tendencies

    Combating Corrosion - Committee G01 Standards Fight Nature’s Destructive Tendencies

    The evening news may leave many of us feeling war-weary, but one ASTM International technical committee has been successful in conflict of a different sort. It’s a commonplace but epic struggle between the natural and civilized worlds — ...

    Adele Bassett

  • Nutrition Labels for Products

    Nutrition Labels for Products

    In today’s competitive marketplace, providing a verified EPD can help your product stand out as more sustainable. Here’s how to get it done. You know your product is environmentally friendly. It’s more sustainable because your ...

    Cicely Enright

  • Testing for Equivalence - Why the TOST Procedure Works

    Testing for Equivalence - Why the TOST Procedure Works

    Q: What statistical procedures are used to demonstrate that two sets of test results are equivalent? A: Changes are often made in laboratory operations for expansion or improvement, and these may involve new apparatus, personnel, test methods or ...

    Thomas D. Murphy