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07-15-2015

Proficiency Testing Program for Plastic Film Testing

ASTM International launched an innovative Proficiency Testing Program for Plastic Film Testing (PFT) with the support by ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics.

This statistical quality assurance tool will help laboratories that want to improve and maintain a high level of performance in conducting a variety of ASTM test methods: tensile properties, propagation tear resistance (pendulum), haze, dart drop impact, tear resistance (graves tear), floss, COF and puncture-propagation tear resistance. The program empowers participants to monitor their lab’s strengths and weaknesses, to compare their test results with other labs worldwide, and to help maintain accreditation status.

For each cycle, each laboratory will receive two rolls of film, each made of different materials. These rolls will be 12 in. wide with nominal 1 or 2-mm gauge and will contain 50 to 75 ft. of film to conduct the specified tests. Materials to be evaluated include LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE. The first test cycle begins in September 2015. Companies must register by Aug. 28, 2015 to be included in the first test trial. The prorated subscription fee for the September 2015 trial is USD 338. For 2016, this program will be offered in March and September with an annual subscription fee of USD 695.

For each test trial, participants will receive two sample materials along with interactive electronic data report forms and test instructions. Labs will conduct the ASTM specified tests of their choice that they routinely run. Upon completion of testing, each lab will electronically submit their data to the ASTM PTP Center to generate statistical summary reports. Final reports will be electronically distributed within 25 business days of the data submission deadline, containing all test results coded to maintain customer confidentiality; statistical analysis of test data; and charts plotting test results versus laboratory code.

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