ASTM Standards

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ASTM Standards Expertise

ASTM International (ASTM), originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.

ASTM has a dominant role among standards developers in the USA, and is considered to be the world’s largest developer of standards. Using a consensus process, ASTM supports thousands of volunteer technical committees, which draw their members from around the world and collectively develop and maintain more than 12,000 standards.

ASTM International Standards Fall Into Six Categories

  • Standard Specification that defines the requirements to be satisfied by subject of the standard.
  • Standard Test Method that defines the way a test is performed. The result of the test may be used to assess compliance with a Specification.
  • Standard Practice that defines a sequence of operations that, unlike a test, does not produce a result.
  • Standard Guide that provides an organized collection of information or series of options that does not recommend a specific course of action.
  • Standard Classification that provides an arrangement or division of materials, products, systems, or services into groups based on similar characteristics such as origin, composition, properties, or use.

ASTM D Standards

ASTM D-10 Committee’s Scope

The ASTM D-10 standards Committee is responsible for the promotion of knowledge in, and the development of standards for packaging. Standards shall include terminology, practices, test methods, specifications, guides, and classifications (including dimensions). This work specifically includes: 1) defining materials and processes that consider both item and consumer impact; the result being a package and packaged product that are acceptable for delivery, 2) generating closely related shipping systems design criteria, 3) developing materials handling standards related to distribution, including measurement of the packaging environment, 4) assessing the suitability of packaging related standards through round-robin laboratory evaluations, quantitative testing and instrumentation applications, and, 5) establishing standards on reuse, recycling and disposal of materials related to packaging.

  • ASTM-D3078
    Standard Test Method for Determination of Leaks in Flexible Packaging by Bubble Emission
  • ASTM-D4169
    Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems
  • ASTM-D4728
    Standard Test Method for Random Vibration Testing of Shipping Containers
  • ASTM-D4332
    Standard Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing
  • ASTM-D5276
    Standard Test Method for Drop Test of Loaded Containers by Free Fall
  • ASTM-D642
    Standard Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads
  • ASTM-D999
    Standard Test Methods for Vibration Testing of Shipping Containers
  • ASTM-D6344
    Standard Test Method for Concentrated Impacts to Transport Packages
  • ASTM-D6653
    Standard Test Methods for Determining the Effects of High Altitude on Packaging Systems by Vacuum Method

ASTM – F Standards

ASTM F-02 Committee’s Scope

The ASTM F-02 Committee’s responsibilities include the development of terminology, test methods, practices, and specifications for flexible barrier packaging, and the promotion of research in this field. Standards under the jurisdiction of other committees shall be used when applicable.

The area of interest of the committee is flexible barrier packaging including the component barrier materials, their properties, and package design, development and production. Flexible barrier packaging for the purpose of this Committee includes any package with at least one flexible component that can be bent or folded back upon itself. Typical flexible barrier materials are papers, nonwovens, plastic films, and metal foils, used alone, treated or in various combinations.

  • ASTM-F1140
    Standard Test Methods for Internal Pressurization Failure Resistance of Unrestrained Packages
  • ASTM-F1929
    Standard Test Method for Detecting Seal Leaks in Porous Medical Packaging by Dye Penetration
  • ASTM-F1980
    Standard Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems for Medical Devices
  • ASTM-F1886
    Standard Test Method for Determining Integrity of Seals for Medical Packaging by Visual Inspection
  • ASTM-F88
    Standard Test Method for Seal Strength of Flexible Barrier Materials (Peel Test)
  • ASTM-F2096
    Standard Test Method for Detecting Gross Leaks in Medical Packaging by Internal Pressurization (Bubble)

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