Every once in a while, I come across something unusual from ASTM International. The latest example: A new guide for terms used to describe defects or abnormalities found in different types of polymer pellets. ASTM D7711, Guide for Description of Polymer Pellet Defects, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D20.92 on Terminology. Diane Todd, senior chemist, quality control laboratories at Westlake Chemical Corp., said a survey of D20 members found that many did not have a written procedure for identifying pellet abnormalities. So members were surveyed and asked to list terms used by their organizations, and these terms formed the initial list used to develop ASTM D7711. "Anyone who is in contact regarding polymeric pellets will now be able to communicate with the same terminology to anyone else," said Todd, the chairman of D20.92, as well as the chair of the task group that developed ASTM D7711. "This will hopefully help polymer manufacturers, sales personnel, technical service representatives, quality control/quality assurance personnel and buyers/users identify issues with the pellets the same way, thereby expediting assistance with the issues." I have to believe the subcommittee had some fun developing this standard. Couldn't we come up with amusing names for undersized, bloated or oddly shaped pellets? And think of the revenue-generating opportunities. Having an abnormal pellet named after you could be the equivalent of naming a star.
Standardizing terms for abnormal pellets
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