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December 4, 2008 - ASTM International Committee D05 on Coal and Coke has approved D7430, Practice for Mechanical Sampling of Coal, which is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D05.23 on Sampling. The new document incorporates standards D7256, D4916, D4702, and D6518. According to Paul Reagan, President of Sampling Associates International, commercial transactions citing ASTM standards for mechanical coal sampling should stipulate D7430 as well as the specific part of standard.

ASTM International Coal and Coke Committee Approves Mechanical Sampling Standard

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Press release date: December 3, 2008

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 3 December 2008 - A new mechanical sampling standard recently approved by ASTM International Committee D05 on Coal and Coke incorporates into one document four other ASTM standards dealing with mechanical samples. The new standard, D7430, Practice for Mechanical Sampling of Coal, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D05.23 on Sampling.

Paul Reagan, president, Sampling Associates International, and a D05 member, says that the one important objective of the new standard was to put all pertinent standards regarding mechanical sampling into one document for ease of use. "One impact of the new standard is that any commercial transactions citing ASTM standards for mechanical coal sampling should stipulate 'D7430, Practice for Mechanical Sampling of Coal,' and the specific part of the standard, as appropriate," says Reagan.

The following ASTM mechanical sampling standards, which will be discontinued as individual standards, are now incorporated into D7430:

D7256 - Practice for Mechanical Collection and Within-System Preparation of a Gross Sample of Coal from Moving Streams;
D4916 - Practice for Mechanical Auger Sampling;
D4702 - Practice for Quality Management of Mechanical Coal Sampling Systems; and
D6518 - Practice for Bias Testing a Mechanical Coal Sampling System.

"A great deal of effort is being expended to improve and update ASTM standards for coal sampling and analysis," says Reagan. "Changes are being implemented on an ongoing basis." He suggests that users sign up for customized standard alerts at to be notified when selected standards are revised.

ASTM International standards are available from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; or at For technical Information, contact Paul Reagan, Sampling Associates International, Newport News, Va. (phone: 757-928-0484; Committee D05 meets May 17-20, 2009, during the May committee week in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. For ASTM meeting or membership information, contact Scott Orthey, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9730;

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

Press Contact: Barbara Schindler

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