ACE Laboratories is an ANAB ISO/IEC 17025 accredited testing laboratory. Our scope of accreditation certifies us to conduct testing for dozens of ASTM standards. Our labs are staffed by experts who have years of experience testing rubber materials and deep knowledge of the industries our clients work in.
Trusting an accredited lab with your testing is crucial to the product development process. Here’s why.
Why an accredited lab is important.
Working with an accredited lab gives you both credibility and peace of mind. You can trust that an accredited testing lab is adhering to practices and principles that are important to your industry—and your customers. A laboratory must submit to intense review of its facilities, procedures, staff, and more to become accredited.
The testing experts in accredited labs are well versed in the best test methods and laboratory practices in the industry, which means more accurate testing data, fewer errors, and safer conditions. Additionally, test data from an accredited laboratory will be universally accepted, which makes for a more efficient product development timeline and greater speed to market.
What is ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation?
ACE Laboratories is proud to be an ANAB ISO/IEC 17025 accredited testing laboratory. The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is the largest accreditation board in North America. ANAB provides accreditation services to organizations in both the public and private sectors, including inspection bodies, validation and verification bodies, and laboratories, such as ACE Laboratories. We stand behind our choice – while others in our industry may opt for A2LA as their accreditation board, it doesn’t offer the size and international recognition of ANAB.
The ANAB ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation process for a testing laboratory is fairly rigorous. Accurate testing relies on a variety of key factors that must be considered when determining accreditation eligibility. A laboratory seeking ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation will submit to an intensive document review and an assessment process, which might include:
- Interviews with staff to evaluate their skill and technical competence.
- On-site visits to review procedures, instrumentation, and facilities.
- Remote evaluation.
ANAB leaves no stone unturned when evaluating laboratories that apply for accreditation. Even accredited labs are subjected to regular audits and follow-up to ensure ongoing compliance with ANAB accreditation standards.
Laboratories that comply with accreditation requirements will usually receive both a certificate of accreditation and a scope of accreditation. The scope of accreditation is a detailed list of the specific test standards the laboratory is certified to test for. In the rubber industry, the scope of accreditation will usually include ASTM standards.
What is ASTM?
American Standard Test Methods (ASTM) International is the developer and publisher of a vast library of testing standards. ASTM standards offer a credible, industry-wide benchmark for measuring the quality, performance, or safety of a given product or material. ASTM has published over 12,500 standards, which are used in more than 140 countries worldwide.
Most ASTM standards are voluntary consensus, which means there may not be specific laws or other binding requirements involved. For example, a certain company might only purchase materials that adhere to a given ASTM standard, or ASTM standard adherence may be used in a marketing campaign to demonstrate credibility. Some ASTM standards have been adopted by municipal, state, and federal governments.
ACE Laboratories Accreditation
ASTM International does not conduct testing or enforce compliance, which is why many companies turn to independent accredited laboratories for testing support. ACE Laboratories is proud to have earned an ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from ANAB. Our scope of accreditation includes dozens of ASTM standard tests as well as custom testing protocols unique to our laboratories. Our proprietary methods include chromatography and spectrometry techniques, optical dispersion, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and processing tests.
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ASTM Standards Included in ACE’s Scope of Certification
ASTM D297 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Products—Chemical Analysis
ASTM D395 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Property—Compression Set
ASTM D412 Standard Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers—Tension
ASTM D471 Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—Effect of Liquids
ASTM D573 Standard Test Method for Rubber—Deterioration in an Air Oven
ASTM D624 Standard Test Method for Tear Strength of Conventional Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers
ASTM D926 Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—Plasticity and Recovery (Parallel Plate Method)
ASTM D1349 Standard Practice for Rubber—Standard Conditions for Testing
ASTM D1646 Standard Test Methods for Rubber—Viscosity, Stress Relaxation, and Pre-Vulcanization Characteristics (Mooney Viscometer)
ASTM D2240 Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—Durometer Hardness
ASTM D3182 Standard Practice for Rubber—Materials, Equipment, and Procedures for Mixing Standard Compounds and Preparing Standard Vulcanized Sheets
ASTM D3183 Standard Practice for Rubber—Preparation of Pieces for Test Purposes from Products
ASTM D3767 Standard Practice for Rubber—Measurement of Dimensions
ASTM D5289 Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—Vulcanization Using Rotorless Cure Meters
ASTM D6204 Standard Test Method for Rubber—Measurement of Unvulcanized Rheological Properties Using Rotorless Shear Rheometers
ASTM D7121 Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—Resilience Using Schob Type Rebound Pendulum
ASTM D6370 Standard Test Method for Rubber—Compositional Analysis by Thermogravimetry (TGA)
ASTM D7426 Standard Test Method for Assignment of the DSC Procedure for Determining Tg of a Polymer or an Elastomeric Compound
ASTM D1329 Standard Test Method for Evaluating Rubber Property—Retraction at Lower Temperatures (TR Test)
ASTM D2137 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Property—Brittleness Point of Flexible Polymers and Coated Fabrics
ASTM D746 Standard Test Method for Brittleness Temperature of Plastics and Elastomers by Impact
ASTM D2230 Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—Extrudability of Unvulcanized Compounds
ASTM D6601 Standard Test Method for Rubber Properties—Measurement of Cure and After-Cure Dynamic Properties Using a Rotorless Shear Rheometer
ASTM D257 Standard Test Methods for DC Resistance or Conductance of Insulating Materials
ASTM D991 Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—Volume Resistivity Of Electrically Conductive and Antistatic Products
ASTM D5963 Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—Abrasion Resistance (Rotary Drum Abrader)
ASTM D1149 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Deterioration—Cracking in an Ozone Controlled Environment
UL 94 Standard for Safety of Flammability of Plastic Materials for Parts in Devices and Appliances
ASTM D1414 Standard Test Methods for Rubber O-Rings
ASTM D750 Standard Practice for Rubber Deterioration Using Artificial Weathering Apparatus
ASTM D4574 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Compounding Materials—Determination of Ash Content
ASTM D4571 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Compounding Materials—Determination of Volatile Material
ASTM D865 Standard Test Method for Rubber—Deterioration by Heating in Air (Test Tube Enclosure)
ASTM D575 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Properties in Compression
ASTM D925 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Property—Staining of Surfaces (Contact, Migration, and Diffusion)
ASTM D1894 Standard Test Method for Static and Kinetic Coefficients of Friction of Plastic Film and Sheeting
ASTM D4587 Standard Practice for Fluorescent UV-Condensation Exposures of Paint and Related Coatings
ASTM D1415 Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—International Hardness
ASTM D413 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Property—Adhesion to Flexible Substrate
ASTM D429 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Property—Adhesion to Rigid Substrates
ASTM D903 Standard Test Method for Peel or Stripping Strength of Adhesive Bonds
ASTM D1171 Standard Test Method for Rubber Deterioration—Surface Ozone Cracking Outdoors (Triangular Specimens)
ASTM D6814 Standard Test Method for Determination of Percent Devulcanization of Crumb Rubber Based on Crosslink Density
ASTM C1166 Standard Test Method for Flame Propagation of Dense and Cellular Elastomeric Gaskets and Accessories
ASTM D635 Standard Test Method for Rate of Burning and/or Extent and Time of Burning of Plastics in a Horizontal Position
ASTM D792 Standard Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
ASTM D3389 Standard Test Method for Coated Fabrics Abrasion Resistance (Rotary Platform Abrader)
ASTM D813 Standard Test Method for Rubber Deterioration—Crack Growth
ASTM D430 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Deterioration—Dynamic Fatigue
ASTM D6746 Standard Test Method for Determination of Green Strength and Stress Relaxation of Raw Rubber or Unvulcanized Compounds
ASTM D1053 Standard Test Methods for Rubber Property—Stiffening at Low Temperatures: Flexible Polymers and Coated Fabrics
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