Founded in 1898 by Pennsylvania Railroad scientists and engineers, ASTM standards signify the test used to develop the data. These are divided into the standard specification, standard practice guide, standard test method, standard classification and terminology standard.
Accepted throughout the world, these provide guidelines for different areas such as paints, plastics, textiles, metals, petroleum, energy, construction, consumer products, devices and electronics, advanced materials, medical services, and more.
Besides various industries, ASTM standards are also used for water testing standards. These are used for examining different contaminants in water for health and environmental purposes. By using these standards, the water distribution facilities, government authorities, and environmental laboratories can test the quality of water.
With these standards, you can test the amount of chloride ion in water, sulfate ion, aluminium, residual chlorine, manganese, fluoride ion, acidity or alkalinity, and iron in water. Besides this, you can also check the electrical conductivity and resistivity of water, pH level and turbidity of water. After ensuring all the elements, water can be considered safe for consumption.
Till date, around 12,000 ASTM standards are developed and used in the world with 143 technical standard writing committees. All these standards are followed by professionals to provide accurate results.
Annual book of ASTM standards is published each year in some 80 volumes. The book includes standards for plastics, adhesives, and rubber as well as iron and steel, nonferrous metal, metal test methods and analytical procedures, construction, textiles, electrical insulation and electronics, nuclear, geothermal and solar energy, water and environmental technology, medical devices and services, and many others.
Among all the standards, it is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world. It is a trusted source for testing technical standards for products, materials, services and systems. All the professionals adhere to these standards for optimum results.
Widely known for high technical quality as well as market relevancy, ASTM International standards have played an important role in the information infrastructure that directs designing, manufacturing and trading in the global economy.