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December 18, 2008 - ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems has proposed WK21656, Specification for Structural Adhesive for Bonding Similar and Dissimilar Piping Materials, under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F17.20 on Joining. According to Jack Roach, it will allow field personnel to work more efficiently and will provide a tool for joining dissimilar material types. Primary users of the new standard will include producers of plumbing products and adhesive manufacturers.

ASTM Plastic Piping Systems Committee at Work on Structural Adhesive Standard

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Press release date: December 16, 2008

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. 16 December 2008 - A proposed new standard that will allow for the joining of copper and plastic piping materials is currently being developed by ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems. The proposed standard, WK21656, Specification for Structural Adhesive for Bonding Similar and Dissimilar Piping Materials, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F17.20 on Joining.

"WK21656 is the result of a wide-open pursuit of a unique and alternative joining methodology," says Jack Roach, fittings manager, Mueller Industries Inc., and an F17 member. Many alternatives were considered, but structural adhesives floated to the top in terms of performance potential." Roach also notes that structural adhesives are used for bonding in demanding industries such as aerospace and automotive, but that there are no popular consensus standards currently in place for their use in piping systems.

Roach believes that WK21656 will allow field personnel to work more efficiently and will provide another tool for joining dissimilar materials, which has proven to be a source of past frustration. Producers of plumbing products and adhesive manufacturers would be the primary users of WK21656.

For technical Information, contact Jack Roach, Mueller Industries Inc., Portage, Mich. (phone: 269-323-8858; Committee F17 meets April 20-23, 2009, during the April committee week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For ASTM meeting or membership information, contact Robert Morgan, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9732;

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.

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