PLYMOUTH, Mich.—Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies and the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers have unveiled a new harmonized material data sheet designed to save suppliers time and money when implemented into their material testing practices.
Freudenberg-NOK said in a news release that the sheet provides a standardized protocol that specifies conditions under which a material has been fabricated and tested in laboratory settings. Suppliers who adopt the ARPM system will be required to provide the same test data on every material they introduce to market, which Freudenberg-NOK said will help establish a comparative material foundation that does not exist today.
The data sheet, ARPM document number OS-1-4, can be used globally to track material characteristics. F. Joseph Walker, global director for advanced materials development at Freudenberg-NOK, said industry-wide implementation of such standard protocols will help streamline material testing.