TCNA’s Marino Honored by ASTM for Contributions to Transformative Water Absorption Test Method
Marino facilitated a consensus of the testing facilities, industry discussion, and the review of data with the ASTM committee to build consensus for the balloting process to consider adopting a new process for water absorption testing and ceramic tile classification.
ASTM International Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products recently recognized Ryan Marino, standards development and research manager for the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), with an Award of Appreciation for his contributions to the revision of ASTM standard C373, a transformative contribution to water absorption testing and ceramic tile classification. The committee expressed its appreciation for Marino’s research and technical vision at the recent TCNA board meeting in June.
A previous method that had stood for decades as the standard for testing water absorption took approximately 30 hrs for results. Marino has been working for the past five years to develop a vacuum method that produced results in 1 hr. This research involved Marino taking the method to labs across the country and applying the test to determine the precision of the method. Marino facilitated a consensus of the testing facilities, industry discussion, and the review of data with the ASTM committee to build consensus for the balloting process to consider adopting the new process.
Tony Thornton, director of technical information for Micromeritics and longtime Committee 21 member, presented Marino with the award. “Thanks in large part to Ryan’s efforts, this updated standard introduces greater transparency and rigor and can be accomplished in a fraction of the time of the prior method,” said Thornton. “We also know in great detail its precision thanks to an inter-laboratory study, led by Ryan, which required him to travel to labs around the country.”
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to work on a testing method that can help move our industry forward, and I am grateful for the collaboration of the testing facilities that participated in this research,” said Marino.
According to Bill Griese, TCNA’s director of standards development and sustainability initiatives, “Ryan’s leadership in researching a vacuum method for determining the water absorption of ceramic tile significantly and positively impacts global trade in ceramic tiles. Not only did his work inspire consensus on other international standards which had previously been debated for decades, the methodology at its core is being implemented by customs labs around the world and referenced in HS codes for ceramic tile.”