The 90/10 Share Program
In that same spirit of cooperation that has become the very foundation of our efforts to develop new CRMs in the private sector, in May of 1990, the company launched its "90/10 Share Program." Although many materials are quite common, spectrochemical standards for these materials are essentially non-existent.
The "90/10" share program is a very simple cost effective service offered by ARMI allowing our company (which is the leading producer of CRMs) to work together with the scientific consumer by sharing the task, as well as the costs of developing new commercial CRMs.
Here's how it works! The customer furnishes ARMI with the material of the specific alloy, usually in the form of round bar stock. The bar stock should be a minimum of 1.25" in diameter (1.5" O.D. is ideal). The overall length should be 10' to 12'. Forms other than bar stock are acceptable as long as the quantity is sufficient for the sampling that is needed for the laboratory examinations. The material is then processed through ARMI/ILAP for certification as a CRM.
The only cost to the customer is the cost of the material. ARMI has well-established vendors for most alloy materials and will also assist in location and acquisition. Approximately 30% of the material is expended in the analysis process. After certification, 10% is returned to the customer in any form desired (solids, chips, X-Ray discs, etc.), and ARMI retains the balance for sale commercially.
That's all there is to it! By working together, we make available one new NIST-Traceable CRM for the scientific community.
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