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A task force of the Committee on Automotive Rubber Specifications (CARS) invites your participation to update the SAE J200 HK tables.

The 2004-2006 evaporative emission regulations will result in expanded usage of fluoroelastomers (FKM). Therefore, one of the purposes of this task force is to ensure the table is updated based on the latest commercial FKM products and material characterizations. This is also an excellent opportunity to reduce the Z call-outs (which are extra information that needs to be added to a specification because the suffixes [properties] in the table do not adequately define the material). As SAE J200 is the parent for ASTM D2000, the result of the task force's efforts will also update both tables.

The committee is specifically in need of representatives from OEMs and part suppliers who are knowledgeable about the use of fluoroelastomers and the SAE J200/ASTM D2000 tables to participate on the task force. Interests outside of automotive are also welcome. As a member, you will be asked to participate in a quarterly meeting at the SAE Automotive Headquarters in Troy, MI.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Task Force Chairman Joe Bommarito at 1.734.779.5160 or or Arlene Catrett, SAE staff, at or