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March 9, 2010 - Helping Fossil Fuel Laboratories Fully Utilize their Standard Reference Materials (SRMs), sponsored by ASTM Committee D05 on Coal and Coke, will be held May 18 in St. Louis, MO. Key points of discussion will cover definitions of SRM/CRM blending, NIST traceability, and why blending is important in calibration and QC checks. Other topics will address blend uncertainty, how to implement blending coal and coke SRMs, as well as minimum sample mass requirements and pooled replicates.

ASTM International Sponsors Seminar to Help Fossil Fuel Laboratories Fully Utilize Standard Reference Materials (SRMs)

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ASTM International
100 Barr Harbor Dr., Box C700
West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959

Press release date: March 4, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-A seminar on SRM/CRM Blending: Helping Fossil Fuel Laboratories Fully Utilize their Standard Reference Materials (SRMs), will be held May 18 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand and Suites Hotel in St. Louis, Mo. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D05 on Coal and Coke, the seminar will be held in conjunction with the May 16-19 standards development meetings of the committee.

Key points that will be discussed during the seminar are:

What is (and what is NOT) SRM/CRM blending;

NIST Traceability with SRMs versus SRM blends;

Why SRM/CRM blending is important in calibration and quality control checks of test methods;

Discussion of uncertainty of blends;

Demonstration of how to implement blending coal and coke SRMs - video (will try to have actual equipment set-up);

Minimum sample mass requirements and discussion of pooled replicates;

Interval-repeatability, a new static to check preparation of standards; and

Demonstration of how to use the NIST SRM blending Web site and spreadsheet.

Online registration opens approximately eight weeks before the seminar and will close May 12, 2010. There is no fee to attend the seminar. For more information, visit

Additional information is available from seminar chairman Stephen R. Smith, Coalsmith Consultants, Hixson, Tenn. (phone: 423-843-1815;

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.

ASTM Staff Contact: Hannah Sparks, Phone: 610-832-9677;
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