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07 January 2013

Knowledge and Expertise as Standard

The James Heal workforce is made up of many talented and knowledgable people, who work together and with customers to create innovative testing solutions.

We like to ensure that we are up to date and fully aware of new and modified Standards - afterall we need to ensure that our instruments are able to meet our customer's needs.

Several members of the James Heal team contribute to the industry via Standards committees.

Business Development Manager Lisa Earnshaw is vice-chair of ASTM committees D13-59 and D13-60, and here gives an update on ASTM Standards...

"Last week I was fortunate enough to escape the wintry British weather to attend the ASTM D13 committee meetings in sunny Jacksonville, Florida!


The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) is responsible for international Standards development and delivering the test methods, specifications, guides, and practices that support industries and governments worldwide.

The development of these Standards is driven by contributions from ASTM members, who form committees made up of technical experts and business professionals from around the world.

I am the Vice Chair of D13-59 and D13-60 committees, which look after a total of 52 test methods which can be found in the ASTM volumes 07.01 and 07.02.These range from tensile strength testing, to Martindale abrasion, to counting ends and picks.

Some of the topics currently under discussion are; Pilling - ASTM D4970 currently uses a 38mm specimen. A task group has been formed to look at the option of a larger specimen area. The reason for looking at a larger sample holder is to make grading of the pilling easier. Stretch - A task group is in the midst of writing a new test method WK27572 which will provide designers with useful information / data on the available stretch in a fabric prior to selection. Trapezoid tear - D5587 has been reviewed and will be sent to re-ballot with changes that take into account modern instruments and modern fabrics.

As you can see, we take part in improving existing methods as well as the creation of brand new methods.

All of the committee members are unpaid volunteers, some of whom are able to attend in person and others that are remote members that get involved electronically through email and via the website. We are always looking for new volunteers, so if you would like to participate please let me know or alternatively visit the website www.astm.org/

If you would like any more details about the information contained here or would like to discuss other ASTM issues please do not hesitate to contact me."

Lisa is just one of many textile testing experts on our LinkedIn Textile Testing Group.

The group is made up of over 1100 members and is a forum for sharing knowledge, insights, expertise and experience with fellow professionals across the world.

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