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Corrosion Societies and Technical Committees. There are a few organizations in the United States to assist manufacturers in matters related to corrosion. The most prominent is NACE International, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, based out of Houston, Texas, which focuses on corrosion of numerous grades of steel and surface treatments. Most of the specified material types are austenitic stainless steel, duplex stainless steel, and nickel-based alloys as dependent upon the environment or exposure to sour gas and corrosive environments. NACE Int. works with individual members as well as organizations. More support can be found for manufacturers from the ASTM world. ASTM is the American Society for Testing Materials and has hundreds of committees and sub-committees on technical topics from testing, to material specifications, to manufacturing practices and parameters. Technical committee G01 was formed in 1964, meets twice per year and has more than 350 members. This committee has many manufacturing members to drive the process for the specifications contained in the corrosion testing volume 3.02 of the ASTM family of standards and specifications. On a global level we have The World Corrosion Organization (WCO), which is based out of the European Union (EU) and discusses, attends, and drafts many NACE type material codes and testing protocols. The goals and mission of the WCO is to: alert and make industry aware of the problems and solutions associated with corrosion; identify best practices to deal and prevent corrosion; facilitate corrosion-related control through the industry; and normalize world corrosion standards. As the ISO and other EU states begin to solidify their stances of corrosion and its by-products, the WCO is making a unified approach. Final Thoughts The application of corrosion tests can be a complicated subject. Once you establish your specific goals and agenda are, the usefulness of the process can be informative and value added. To have a solid concept of the product life and usefulness before elemental degradation is key for the selection of materials, coatings and/or manufacturing process. Better products can be achieved through proper testing selection. Anderson Laboratories, Inc., was established in 1939 in Milwaukee, Wis. They are currently located in Greendale, Wisconsin. The company is an independent materials testing laboratory specializing in chemical analysis, mechanical testing, welding procedure and performance qualification, failure analysis, environmental and corrosion testing, as well as on-site evaluations. Anderson Laboratories, Inc. has quality and system programs accredited or compliant to ISO/IEC 17025, 10CFR50 Appendix B, ASME NQA-1, 97/23/EC PED, RoHS, NORSOK M-650, ISO 9001, to name a few. For more information, please contact Anderson Laboratories, Inc. at (800) 950.6330, e-mail at, or via their page 519

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