ASTM Standard for Glass Rails Completes Development Process

The first version of an ASTM International standard for glass rails, titled Standard Test Method for the Performance of Glass in Permanent Glass Railing Systems, Guards and Balusters, has completed the development process.

The standard's ASTM number is E2353-04 and it will be included in the 2004 ASTM Book of Standards.

"It is widely recognized that the introduction of new standard test methods usually takes time for widespread acceptance, and for the most part it is always a step forward in the quality of products being provided," said Solutia's Julie Schimmelpenningh who also serves as the ASTM subcommittee chairperson for E06.56 Performance of Railing Systems and Rails for Buildings. "When you can test and compare performance on an apples-to-apples basis using an industry consensus document, it provides a level of confidence to the end use customer. The test method, which will shortly be followed by a specification, should provide that baseline in the performance testing of glass rails."

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