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Results of ASTM F.05 Business Imaging Products Committee Officer Elections announced

11 Sep, 2007

Results of ASTM F.05 Business Imaging Products Committee Officer Elections announced

ASTM International has announced the results of recent elections for officers of its F.05 Committee on Business Imaging Products. Ink Technology’s Ray Kifer was elected committee chairman, Densigraphix’ Mitch Schwartz was elected vice chairman, International Imaging Technology Council’s Tricia Judge was elected secretary and AEG Photoconductor’s Thomas Schank was elected membership secretary.

These officers will serve their term from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009. The F.05 committee has been responsible for developing and publishing, through ASTM’s rigorous procedures, test methods that are now being used by OEM and aftermarket producers of imaging supplies.

Officers of the F.05 committee are usually elected only after years of service and dedication to the committee. “This committee is comprised of rational, reasonable people, who offer great support,” said Kifer. “It is not a chore to chair this committee. Since I have been on the committee for a long time, I didn't mind taking over the duties of chairman.” Past chairmen have included Dr. John Wyhof and Terry Wirth.

“With more than 35 years in this industry, stepping up to the plate and serving is the only option. I chose to get involved because there was and still is an OEM ‘members-only’ club. We need to create simple, easy-to-use, understand-and-implement testing procedures so that manufacturers, resellers and end users can see for themselves what works and what doesn't work.” said Schwartz. “To quote a pretty decent TV show, ‘the truth is out there’.” Schwartz has been a member of ASTM International Committee F.05 Business Imaging Products for over eight years and as a voting member for over five years. This is his second term as an elected officer on the F.05 Business Imaging Products Committee as Vice-Chairman.

Judge begins her second term as secretary of the F.05 committee. “I joined the committee to report on its progress, but was immediately enticed to become more than an observer,” she said. “The work this committee does insures that consumers, manufacturers and remanufacturers alike can determine which products live up to their quality claims.”

Over the years, committee members have developed friendships that serve as a valuable network for their respective businesses. “Soon, after becoming a member, I recognized that I joined a group of highly motivated individuals which, with the support of their organizations, bring their dedication to the table in each and every task that we get involved with at ASTM F.05,” Schank said. “I joined ASTM to offer our resources and to support the industry. With all the parts and products, involved it certainly is a science to choose and to qualify the right systems for everyone out there.”

The F.05 Committee on Business Imaging Products meets twice each year, and enthusiastically invites new members, new ideas and new test methods. “We need current members to become more active,” Schwartz said. “And we need new members to bring their ideas to the table.”

For more information on becoming a member on ASTM or the F.05 Committee on Business Imaging Products, please contact Ray Kifer at 800-633-2826, email him at rkifer@inktechnology.com or visit the ASTM website at www.astm.org.

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