Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ASTM Committee approves standard for acoustic emission testing.

April 25, 2012 - ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing has developed standard ASTM E2863, Practice for Acoustic Emission Examination of Welded Steel Sphere Vessels Using Thermal Pressurization. Pertaining to gas-filled pressure vessels used aboard aircraft for fire suppression, standard will allow Halon bottles to be recertified at maintenance facility and immediately returned to aircraft. U.S. Department of Transportation requires periodic recertification of bottles.

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing has developed a new standard for recertifying gas-filled pressure vessels used aboard aircraft for fire suppression. The new standard, ASTM E2863, Practice for Acoustic Emission Examination of Welded Steel Sphere Vessels Using Thermal Pressurization, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E07.04 on Acoustic Emission Method.

According to James Mitchell, president, Structural Diagnostic Services Inc., and vice chairman of E07.04, the impetus for developing the standard was the search for a less costly and faster means to recertify Halon bottles that are sealed and have no opening. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires periodic recertification of the bottles.

Mitchell says that the acoustic emission method requires the application of stress to induce signals from flaws in the test object.

"In the case of pressure vessels, the stress is generally from an external source, such as a pump," says Mitchell. "The new standard uses an external heat source to increase the gas pressure inside the pressure vessel to achieve the added pressurization. ASTM E2863 is of particular interest for pressure vessels that are sealed and cannot be pressurized in any other way."

ASTM E2863 will allow the large number of Halon bottles found on aircraft and used for fire suppression to be recertified at a maintenance facility and immediately returned to the aircraft.

E07.04 is continuing to work on numerous applications for acoustic emission from metallic and composite structures and welcomes participation, particularly from users of ASTM E2863.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Jersey Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NJAFED)





American Fire Sprinkler Association
New Jersey Chapter
P.O. Box 7129  
North Arlington, N.J. 07031
Training Seminar
8 Contact Hours
Wednesday April 11, 2012 8:00am to 4:30pm (PLEASE BE PROMPT)
At Redd"s Restaurant located at 317 Washington Ave Carlstadt, N J (201-933-0015).

Inspection and Testing of Automatic Fire Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems
 The Fire Inspectors Perspective
The class will review the requirements of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and N.F.P.A. 25-02 that apply to the inspection, testing and maintenance of automatic sprinkler and standpipe systems. The program will also review the requirements of the NJUFC Subchapter IV (retro-fit requirements) for windowless stories and basements and review the requirements for sprinkler systems in residential occupancies. The expectations of the Authority Having Jurisdiction will be discussed throughout the class.

Instructor: Fire Official Paul Dansbach Former Chief and Current Fire Marshall of the Boro of Rutherford. Paul is a Fire Instructor at the Bergen County Fire Academy and teaches C.E.U. classes for Fire Inspectors, Fire Subcode & Building Subcode Officials for Kean and Rutgers University. He is an editorial advisor for Fire Engineering Magazine and an advisory board member of FDIC and a member of the NJ Fire Safety Commission's Code Advisory Council.                                                                                    
Cost includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Reminder: Most State Certifications are due in October. This class counts for 8 Contact Hours towards Recertification 
Please reserve your seat early.
RSVP by April 1, 2012

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Fax _____________________________________
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Please send registration with payment to AFSA  N.J. Chapter P.O. Box 7129 North Arlington, N. J. 07031

In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar
"Upcoming Events"
Spring / Summer Annual Meeting - June 1, 2012  
(Friday) 8:00am - 6:30 pm

Location: Tropicana
2831 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

PaFED Pennsylvania Association of Fire Equipment Dealers

PAFED "News You Can Use"

Periodically we will send you information on items of interest to the membership, the association or the industry.

Information on PAFED events, conferences, training...

Information concerning legislative or regulatory issues, or changes to state and national codes which effect our industry.

PAFED Spring Conference
 You Are Cordially Invited to Attend the Spring Conference in Gettysburg, PA on April 17-18, 2012 to be held at the "historic" Gettysburg Hotel.

This year's event continues the "business" theme of the last several Spring Conferences.

Seminar sessions at the conference will focus on such issues as:
·         technology trends and how you can use your wireless devices for improving communication and keeping track of expenses/costs,
·         customer service programs and how to identify the tools necessary to review and improve the elements of customer service, and
·         financial strategies and the hows and how not's in relation to both business and personal investing.
Not a distributor member of PAFED ?   Then please consider this your personal invitation to come and see what your industry peers are doing to weather the current economic storm and identify strategies which may help your business improve your profitability.

For our industry vendors and suppliers, while this conference does not include a table top display area, it does however afford numerous networking and sponsorship opportunities where you can meet, interact and discuss business opportunities with the many distributors in attendance.  Please review the enclosed registration form to see what participation / sponsorship opportunities may suite your business.

Whether you are a fire equipment distributor, or an industry vendor and supplier, business is all about meeting people with common interests and challenges and working together to develop a "win / win" business relationship.
You owe it to yourself to attend the PAFED 2012 Spring Business Conference...

I hope you will accept our invitation.  We look forward to seeing you in Gettysburg, PA.

2012 PAFED Spring Conference Registration Form is available on the PAFED Website (


Conference Session Survey

In preparation for our lunch session - 
"How to Have Raving Customers" - presented by Dick Marks, a retired YMCA CEO. 

Mr. Marks has prepared a brief online survey to help him bettter understand PAFED and our members specific concerns, challenges and opportunities.

Please take the online survey by clicking on the link below:

Thanks for your help in making this a wonderful conference seminar session.

Interested in Playing Golf at the PAFED Spring Conference?

Ed Hammill and Max Foust are planning to play a round of golf on Tuesday 4/17 in Gettysburg at "The Links at Gettysburg"

$61.00 for 18 w/cart (no senior rate).

They have asked that we let everyone know so if anyone else is interested in playing please contact Ed directly at the number below.  

Edward W. Hammill
Extinguishing Systems, Inc.
3023 West Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Ph: 412-531-2300
Fx: 412-531-2735