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ASTM Textiles Standard provides guide to fibers.

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August 16, 2010 - Standard ASTM D7641, Guide for Textile Fibers, provides guide to variety of fibers used to manufacture diverse textile products. According to ASTM International Committee D13 member Vincent Diaz, this standard will help designers, buyers, test laboratories, educators, students, and regulators improve their understanding about relationships between commercial names, fiber identification, as well as geographical regions of fiber origins.

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New ASTM Textiles Standard Provides Comprehensive Guide to Fibers

Press release date: August 13, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-After completing an update of ASTM D123, Terminology Relating to Textiles, members of ASTM Subcommittee D13.92 on Terminology decided that the information contained in the annexes was sufficiently important to merit being in a separate standard. The new standard, ASTM D7641, Guide for Textile Fibers, has now been published, and it provides a comprehensive guide to a large variety of fibers used to manufacture many textile products. Subcommittee D13.92 on Terminology is under the jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles. "ASTM D7641 is intended to be a useful resource for designers, buyers, test laboratories, educators, students and regulators," says Vincent Diaz, Atlantic Thread and Supply Co., and a D13 member. Diaz notes the following information is typical of what can be found in ASTM D7641:
  • Bear grass is a hard leaf fiber grown in the southwest United States and Mexico.
  • Pineapple fiber is a fine leaf fiber grown in the Philippines.
  • Fox hair can be used to make soft brushes.
  • PLA is a manufactured fiber that is derived from naturally occurring sugars. "This new standard is a valuable reference that can help readers improve their understanding about the relationship between commercial names, fiber identification and the geographical regions of fiber origins," says Diaz. To purchase ASTM standards, visit and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit 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. View this release on the ASTM Web site at ASTM Committee D13 Next Meeting: Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2011, January Committee Week, Baltimore, Md. Technical Contact: Vincent Diaz, Atlantic Thread and Supply Co., Baltimore, Md., Phone: 410-687-9424; ASTM Staff Contact: Jennifer Rodgers, Phone: 610-832-9694; ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;
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