West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-The basic principles, techniques, and equipment used in physical and analytical measurements of plastics characteristics will be introduced at Major Testing Techniques for Plastics, a three-day Technical and Professional Training course presented by ASTM International. The 2006 classes will be held 21-23 March, in Phoenix, Arizona; 9-11 May, in New York City, New York; 12-14 September, in St. Louis, Mo.; and 24-26 October, in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a 22 Nov. announcement from ASTM.Technicians, shop foremen, sales representatives, professionals new to the field of testing, laboratory supervisors and managers accountable for quality assurance, and anyone who needs knowledge of standardised test methods will find this course especially beneficial, ASTM says. Practical applications of the course material will be emphasised, and video demonstrations of various tests will be presented throughout the course.The $1095 fee includes copies of seven ASTM International standards, course notes and refreshment breaks. To register, or for a free brochure, contact Eileen Finn, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, (Tel.: +1 610 832-9686; Fax: +1 610 832-9668; or Email: [email protected]; If you would like to bring this course to your site for a group of 15 or more, contact Scott Murphy, ASTM International (Tel.: +1 610/832-9685; Email: [email protected] in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems, and commercial transactions around the globe."