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New ASTM Surgical Standard reflects wider use of Alloy UNS R56320.

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October 11, 2011 - Structured to reflect more widespread use of UNS R56320, proposed standard ASTM WK34079, Specification for Wrought Titanium-3Aluminum-2.5Vanadium Alloy for Surgical Implant Applications (UNS R56320), is being developed by Subcommittee F04.12 on Metallurgical Materials. F04 member Mark Ransick says suppliers of titanium and purchasers who use this alloy in medical devices or implants will be primary users of this new standard.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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Proposed ASTM Surgical Standard Reflects Wider Use of Alloy UNS R56320

Press release date: October 5, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-There are currently several uses of alloy UNS R56320 in surgical applications and implants, but the only ASTM surgical standard for the alloys covers tubing [ASTM F2146, Specification for Wrought Titanium-3Aluminum-2.5Vanadium Alloy Seamless Tubing for Surgical Implant Applications (UNS R56320)]. A proposed new ASTM standard will reflect the more widespread use of UNS R56320. ASTM WK34079, Specification for Wrought Titanium-3Aluminum-2.5Vanadium Alloy for Surgical Implant Applications (UNS R56320), is being developed by Subcommittee F04.12 on Metallurgical Materials. The subcommittee is part of ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices. "Currently the medical devices industry uses this alloy and relies on manufacturers to meet customer specific standards," says Mark Ransick, staff test engineer, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, and a member of F04. "Once approved, the proposed new specification will ensure that there are medical grade standards that can be applied to this alloy for use in surgery." Ransick says that suppliers of titanium and purchasers who use the alloy in medical devices or implants will be the primary users of the proposed standard. All interested parties are invited to participate in the ongoing development of ASTM WK34079. ASTM International welcomes and encourages 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. ASTM Committee F04 Next Meeting: Nov. 15-18, 2011, November Committee Week, Tampa, Fla. Technical Contact: Mark Ransick, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Cincinnati, Ohio, Phone: 513-337-8069; mransick@its.jnj.com,

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