17 November 2015
17 November 2015
ASTM International has launched a campaign that strengthens its commitment to serve as the global leader in smart-manufacturing standards.
According to ASTM, this effort builds on the fact that approximately 5,300 experts and 1,500 organisations from 65 countries are already involved in creating ASTM standards that support additive manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology, automation technology and other fields. It explains, the campaign includes two high-profile kickoff events, a new microsite, a special issue of Standardisation Newsmagazine, and a new journal launch.
On 2 October 2015, ASTM co-sponsored a “Manufacturing Day” event, featuring US Senator Bob Casey, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, ASTM President James Thomas and other dignitaries. ASTM paid for trips for 250 students to visit local manufacturers to see first-hand how this sector offers good paying, high-skilled jobs. In addition, on 7 October 2015, ASTM Executive Vice President, Katharine Morgan, gave opening remarks at a major conference on additive manufacturing at Pennsylvania State University. This event focused on coordinating standards development in 3D printing.
ASTM launched a microsite focused on four actionable ways for people to get involved in smart-manufacturing standards development. At the site, it explains that technical experts can explore ASTM’s 10 smart-manufacturing related committees and 50 subcommittees. Also, they can read the latest news, such as an effort launched yesterday to create principles of design rules in additive manufacturing. In addition, they can explore how to get involved in ASTM’s Smart Manufacturing Advisory Committee, a group that coordinates ASTM standards development and forms strategic partnerships in this area.
The November/December issue of Standardisation News features stories on 3D printing, pharmaceutical manufacturing and ASTM’s Smart Manufacturing Advisory Committee. The theme issue also includes a smart-manufacturing infographic and a column on the topic by James Thomas. ASTM expanded the magazine’s circulation by 15,000 to include additional experts and leaders in this field.
With an editorial team and advisory board led by Editor in Chief Dr. Sudarsan Rachuri of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), ASTM is now accepting papers for a new journal: Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems. The publication will support research that crosses the boundaries of information science, systems engineering and engineering design, manufacturing and product life cycle. More information is available at the microsite.
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) will install a sheet moulding compound (SMC) production line at its facility in Pouance, France, to support the need for its composite formulations in Europe.
Solvay has celebrated the groundbreaking of its Greenville, Texas, US, manufacturing footprint expansion that increases the site’s resin mixing capacity to meet the growing needs of commercial and military aerospace composite customers.
Covestro is pushing ahead with developing and marketing its continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites by introducing Maezio as brand name.