The Producer Portal
The National Precast Concrete Association Quality Assurance Committee announced improvements to the NPCA Plant Certification program that will make it easier than ever to organize and save your production documents. Available for certified plants, this free member service is located in the plant documents section of the Producer Portal.
The new section matches the table of contents of the NPCA Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants, making it easy to organize and store the current and historical quality-related documents that are required by the plant certification program. The portal is secure and confidential. The only people who can see the documents are designated plant employees, NPCA program administrators and the plant certification auditor. This enhancement enables plants to upload and organize documents specific to each chapter, section and subsection of the manual.
Log in to the Producer Portal at precast.org/certification and choose Plant Documents from the menu on the left side of the screen to explore the options. To access historical data, simply choose Archived Documents from the drop-down list at the top of the page. To navigate between sections, use the “jump to” feature.
For more information or help logging in, contact Andi Pierce.
NPCA Offers New Water and Wastewater Tank Product Certification
If you manufacture precast concrete tanks, NPCA’s new ANSI-accredited product listing will take the certification of your tanks to a new level. ANSI has granted NPCA a program scope extension of the Plant Certification program to offer the product-specific listing exclusively for water and wastewater tanks.
By obtaining a product listing for your tank models, you give specifiers the assurance that your products are designed and manufactured to applicable industry standards and ensure you are able to supply products in areas where a listing is required. While plants interested in participating must be NPCA certified, there is no additional cost to be listed. This optional program goes beyond plant processes with additional criteria such as a watertightness test of a randomly selected tank. In addition, tanks models listed will appear on the NPCA website during member searches so specifiers can see which models are listed by your plant.
Plants opting for product certification must submit a complete package of information based on the most current applicable ASTM and industry standards. The detailed submittal covers criteria such as materials and manufacture, structural design, physical design, quality control, performance testing data, and dimensional details including tolerance and product marking. For more information, contact Phillip Cutler, P.E., NPCA’s Director of Quality Assurance Programs.
What is Biodegradable Form Release Agent?
One definition of “biodegradability” can be found in the EPA 1998, “Fate, Transport and Transportation Test Guidelines, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) 835.3100, Aerobic Aquatic Biodegradation”; and in EPA 712-C-98-O and ASTM D-5864-00, “Standard Test Methods for Determining Aerobic Aquatic Biodegradation of Lubricants or Their Components.” This reference gives everyone the guidelines to be followed when determining biodegradability and using the word “biodegradable” in claims relating to various products, including concrete form release agents. The U.S. EPA definition includes an allowable “28-day half-life” of materials in order to be considered biodegradable. Half-life is the time required for the decay of one-half of a given component in a system.
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