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July 26, 2012 - Developed and approved by ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products, ASTM A1073/A1073M, Practice for Using Hand Micrometers to Measure the Thickness of Nonmetallic and Metallic-Coated Steel Sheet, is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee A05.07 on Methods of Testing. By unifying method and removing micrometer types that incorrectly influence measurements, more consistent and repeatable results are made.

New Standard on Accurate Use of Micrometers Developed by ASTM Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products Committee


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Press release date: July 23, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. -A new ASTM International standard that will help ensure the accurate use of micrometers in the measurement of a type of steel sheet has been developed and approved by ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products.

ASTM A1073/A1073M, Practice for Using Hand Micrometers to Measure the Thickness of Nonmetallic and Metallic-Coated Steel Sheet, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee A05.07 on Methods of Testing.

"This standard is an easy-to-understand practice on how to use a micrometer," says Herbert Koch, quality manager, Harris Steel Co., and an A05 member. "Too often, one is issued a micrometer and expected to make proper measurements. While it is easy to pick up, many poor measurements are made prior to becoming proficient in using a micrometer."

Koch notes that while ASTM A1073/A1073M (www.astm.org/Standards/A1073.htm) is targeted for use with the steel sheet industry, the task group that developed it plans to make the new standard relevant to other ASTM committees that have an interest in precision measurements.

"As a quality manager, I have a concern with inconsistent measuring," says Koch. "By unifying the method and removing micrometer types that incorrectly influence measurements, more consistent and repeatable results are made."

To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 877-909-ASTM; sales@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

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.

For more news in this sector, visit www.astm.org/sn-metals or follow us on Twitter @ASTMMetals. ASTM Committee ASTM Committee A05 Next Meeting: Nov. 11-13, 2012, November Committee Week, Atlanta, Ga.

Technical Contact: Herbert W. Koch, Harris Steel Co., Chicago, Ill., Phone: 708-656-5500; hkoch@harrissteelco.com
ASTM Staff Contact: Kristy Straiton, Phone: 610-832-9640; kstraiton@astm.org
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org
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