How are industry codes and standards developed?

September 1st, 2021

New criteria for the use and testing of inflatable amusement devices are among current code change proposals in front of the International Fire Code (IFC) code development committee. Photo: © Clearvista, When tent, awning and fabric structure installers think of codes and standards, they often envision the building and fire departments of local and […]

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Smart textiles terms defined

October 1st, 2019

ASTM International’s smart textiles subcommittee has approved its first standard, a compilation of industry terms. The subcommittee developed terms and definitions that can be used by anyone involved in smart textiles, including manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, regulatory bodies, consumers, laboratories and military personnel. The smart textile terminology standard provides the ability to objectively classify and differentiate […]

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Von Maubeuge wins ASTM award

September 11th, 2019

ASTM International’s committee on geosynthetics presented its Award of Merit to Kent von Maubeuge, director of corporate identity and corporate communication and senior product manager with NAUE GmbH & Co. KG in Espelkamp, Germany. Von Maubeuge was honored for outstanding service and for the advancement of standards development in the area of geosynthetic clay liners.

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A market overview of developments, successes and standards for electronic fabrics

August 1st, 2018

Smart fabrics are still so new to the textile world, relatively speaking, that it’s necessary to start with a working definition. That’s what the first presenter, IFAI’s market research director Jeffrey Rasmussen, did at IFAI’s Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington, D.C. In his overview of the smart fabrics market, Rasmussen said that smart fabrics are […]

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ASTM International upcoming meetings

April 5th, 2018

ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles June 24–27, 2018 Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, CA To register, visit ASTM International D13.50 on Smart Textiles June 25, 2018 Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, CA To register, visit

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ASTM establishes cannabis committee

April 17th, 2017

ASTM International will launch a new committee focused on creating technical standards and guidance materials for cannabis and its products and processes, pending approval from its board of directors. The committee will focus on standards development in six technical areas, including indoor and outdoor horticulture and agriculture, quality management systems, laboratory, processing and handling, security […]

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AATCC test methods available as online subscription

February 24th, 2017

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) test methods, including all new and revised methods published in 2016, can now be accessed as an online subscription through American Society for Testing and Materials’ (ASTM) compass database. The “AATCC Collection” is comprised of 123 test methods, 11 procedures, and nine monographs. A subscription gives access […]

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ASTM fire-resistive standard proposed

September 15th, 2016

ASTM Intl. is looking for people with experience inspecting fire-resistive materials to help create a proposed new standard: WK54567 Practice for the On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Materials. Spray-applied (SFRM) and intumescent (heat expanding) materials are used on structural steel and other components in schools, hospitals, homes, offices, petrochemical plants and other places where […]

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Proposed ASTM standard will help with inspections of fire resistive materials

August 12th, 2016

A proposed ASTM standard will provide a set of guidelines for conducting and reporting on the on-site inspections of fire resistive materials. The proposed standard will offer potential code language that references both existing and new methods to inspect fire resistive materials. ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Anyone interested is invited […]

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Q-Lab’s Doug Grossman receives ASTM G03 Warren Ketola Memorial Award

February 8th, 2016

Q-Lab, producer of weather equipment and outdoor exposure test services, announced that Doug Grossman, Q-Lab president, received the Warren Ketola Memorial Award on Jan. 25 at the ASTM G03 committee meeting in San Antonio. The Warren Ketola Award is given in memory of Warren Ketola, a pioneer in weathering testing at 3M. Ketola was responsible […]

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