The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is a non-profit, non-governmental, public service organization that covers the formal recognition of competent testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, and reference material manufacturers.
A2LA provides services in accreditation of laboratories based on internationally accepted standards such as that of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and aids in laboratory related training. The traceability of measurements and calibrations to national standards, validity and appropriateness of test methods, quality of testing environment and sampling, technical competence of staff, maintenance of test equipment, increased customer satisfaction, employee morale and training, and improvement of processes are some of the domains covered under A2LA.
Standards have been devised to provide guidance for laboratories as they engage in the testing and research of various products. In order to ensure safety and better quality testing, ASTM International has developed a number of standards critical to product production, maintenance, and performance evaluation. These standards abide by the global requirements and are aligned with the guidelines of American National Standards Institute.
Standards followed consist of general, structural, resource, process, and management system requirements that are specific to the operation and effectiveness of the laboratory’s quality management system. Environmental, food and feed testing, telecom and electronics, calibration, aerospace, and many other industry specific programs are accredited under these standards.
All these standards are practiced in various industries to ensure efficient production and maintenance of equipment and systems. These standards help focus on the minute details and opt for effective ways to test materials and manufacture reliable equipment.
ASTM E572 test method covers the analysis of stainless and alloy steels by Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (WDXRF). It provides rapid, multi-element determinations with sufficient accuracy to assure product quality.
The ASTM D2674 test is a standard test method for the analysis of sulfochromate etch solutions used in the surface preparation of aluminum. The ASTM D2674 standard specifies a method for determining the efficacy of an etchant used to prepare the surface of aluminum alloys for subsequent adhesive bonding.
An immunological method for quantization of Hevea Natural Rubber (HNRL) proteins using rabbit anti-HNRL serum. Rabbits immunized with HNRL proteins react to the majority of the proteins present, and their sera have the capability to detect most if not all the proteins in HNRL.
ASTM G65 measures the resistance of metallic materials to abrasion using the dry sand/rubber wheel apparatus. The quality, durability, and toughness of the sample are determined using this test. Metallic materials are ranked in their resistance to scratching abrasion under a controlled environment.
ASTM E2141 test methods provide accelerated aging and monitoring of the performance of time-dependent electrochromic devices (ECD) integrated in insulating glass units (IGU). This test helps to understand the relative serviceability of electrochromic glazings applied on ECD.
ASTM C724 test method is used in analyzing the quality and ease of maintenance of a ceramic decoration on architectural-type glass. This test method is useful in the acknowledgment of technical standards.
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