FTM 105: ASTM F16 Fastener Technical Committee

Fastener Training Minute 105: ASTM F16 Fastener Technical Committee

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published May 19, 2016 as “The ASTM F16 Fastener Technical Committee” during episode 105 of Fully Threaded Radio.

Hi everybody, this is Carmen Vertullo with the Fastener Training Minute. Today I’m not coming to you from the Carver FACT Center in San Diego, I’m in San Antonio for the ASTM F16 Fastener Technical Committee meetings.

There are lots of important things going on here, most of them matter to most of you, and we come back I’m going to tell you what we did and some details on the actions that were taken.

This is Carmen Vertullo at the ASTM F16 Fastener Technical Committee meeting. Several important things happened at the meeting here. If you’re into structural bolting, you will know that we have had a big new structural bolt standard called ASTM F3125, which is designed to replace all the other structural bolts standard such as ASTM A325 and ASTM A490 and their accompanying tension control bolts. So what has officially happened is that a vote has passed and those older standards are now been withdrawn, and ASTM F3125 is now the predominant structural bolt standard. There a couple other structural bolt standards that don’t fall within that but they’re relatively new and still obscure and have yet to make their mark.

As well, one of the committees that I sit on is the Committee on Quality Assurance and we have decided to establish a new ASTM standard for quality assurance documentation. If you were at the FTI webinar on that topic, you know that that’s something I’m heading up and now that’s an official action and I’d like to just say to anybody who uses or generates quality assurance documentation. If you’re interested in helping me out with that send me an email and get involved. You don’t have to be an ASTM member. So those are two of the really important things that happened. Another thing that wasn’t technical is that one of the longtime members Quentin Smith of ASTM was honored with the ASTM Award of Merit.

So if you know Quentin Smith, please congratulate him, it was a big deal. At ASTM when we have these meetings it’s not all technical, it’s a great group of people and we have a lot of fun. Anybody is invited and you can come as a guest. So if you’re ever inclined to come to an ASTM meeting, please do it. Next one is in Orlando in November. We generally meet in May and November and if you need to come as a guest, let me know. I’ll be happy to tune up and get you involved. It is a great learning opportunity. These meetings tend to be Technical and nature, so it helps if you have a technical background, but if you don’t this is the place to get one.

And as you know, the Fastener Training Institute programs, especially the Certified Fastener Specialist program is another great way of expanding your technical background. We lean heavily on standards and teach them in some detail. So that’s one reason as well to get tune-up on fastener standards.

Well, that’s the Fastener Training Minute coming to you from San Antonio, Texas talking about the ASTM F16 Fastener Technical Committee.

This is Carmen Vertullo with the Fastener Training Minute.

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