Meeting ASTM Standards

Guiding Material Testing and Manufacturing

The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) develops and publishes industry standards and specifications that guide the testing, manufacturing, and performance of various materials and products, including sealing solutions such as seals, gaskets, and O-rings. ASTM standards are highly relevant for the mass transit industry and railcar technology, contributing to the strength, durability, and performance of materials and products. North Coast Seal’s mass transit sealing solutions adhere to and meet all ASTM standards—specifically ASTM E162, ASTM E662, ASTM C542, and ASTM E1354. Learn how we can help you ensure the performance of your products and protect your overall operations.

What Is the Purpose of ASTM Standards?

Ensuring Strength, Durability, and Performance

ASTM standards have several different purposes, including:

    • Material specifications
      ASTM standards define the physical and chemical properties of materials used in sealing solutions. Manufacturers reference these to ensure their materials have the necessary requirements for strength, durability, and other critical performance characteristics.
    • Testing methods
      ASTM standards provide standardized testing methods that can be used to assess the quality and performance of railcar technology.
    • Quality assurance
      ASTM standards maintain quality control during the production of sealing solutions.
    • Interchangeability
      ASTM standards establish dimensions and tolerances for sealing solutions. This allows for interchangeability and compatibility between products from different manufacturers—something that is important for maintaining the integrity of any mass transit system.
    • Environmental considerations
      ASTM standards can address specific environmental aspects of any sealing solution, including the use of certain materials, recycling practices, disposal, and others. The standards ensure that mass transit solutions align with sustainability and regulatory goals.
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    ASTM E162

      What it is: Standard test method for measuring surface flammability of materials using a radiant heat source
      What it does: Evaluates flammability of materials by exposing them to a controlled radiant heat source and measuring their ignition and burning characteristics
      Why it is important: Helps assess the fire safety of materials used in mass transit and railcar manufacturing

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      ASTM E662

      What it is: Standard test method for specific optical density of smoke generated by solid materials
      What it does: Measures the density of smoke produced by burning materials when subjected to a specific heat flux
      Why it is important: For fire safety and evacuation considerations in enclosed spaces, like railcars

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      ASTM C542

      What it is: Standard specification for lock-strip gaskets
      What it does: Specifies requirements for lock-strip gaskets used in joining precast concrete sections or structures
      Why it is important: Used to seal joints in precast concrete elements

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      ASTM E1354

      What it is: Standard test method for heat and visible smoke release rates for materials and products that use an oxygen consumption calorimeter
      What it does: Measures the heat release rate and visible smoke production of materials when exposed to a radiant heat source
      Why it is important: Used to assess fire behavior of materials and products in applications where fire safety is concerned—like transportation

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