Changes to BPVC 2015 Sections X, XI and XII

The BPVC, “ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code,” is being revised.  The new BPVC 2015 Edition will be available in July and you’ll want to pre-order your copy from Document Center Inc. now.  This new update replaces the previous 2013 Edition which is now obsolete.  You’ll notice that the set is now updated on a two year schedule, which means that there are not any addenda released any more.  The interpretations are still available and are posted online.

ASME has made a list of key changes available to ASME dealers like Document Center Inc., so we’re letting you know about them in advance of the release in July.  Here are the main things to look for in your new editions of the Sections X, XI and XII:

For Section X, Key changes have occurred in Code Case 2820, Composite Pressure Vessels for High Pressure Fluids.

For Section XI, Key changes have occurred in:

  • Appendix D
  • Article A-3000 for K Calculation Methods for Surface and Subsurface Flaws
  • Through-Wall or Through-Weld Leakage in Class 1 Components
  • A new code case has been released to replace N-629.  This has also revised Appendix A, A-4200 for KIa Fracture Toughness Determination.

For Section XII, Paragraphs in Part PR have been changed to:

  • revise requirements for pressure relief devices
  • update 1-1.4(a), 1-1.4(c)(3)
  • delete 1-1.4(d)(11)
  • add a definition of “Material Type Report” to Appendix III and III2.
  • revise the definition for “Dynamic Load Condition” in 1-1.4(c)(3)
  • update Modal Appendix 1 for Allowable Stress Criteria

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New ISO 22322 – Emergency Warning

ISO 22322, “Societal security — Emergency management — Guidelines for public warning,” has just been released.  It’s yet another example of the expansion of standardization into non-technical and management areas.  It’s part of the ISO 22300 series from Technical Committee 92 on Security.  You can get your copy of this new release from an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc.

ISO 22322 has been developed in response to the challenges of natural disasters, terror attacks, and other major incidents world-wide.  It’s goal is to help emergency organizations develop effective and timely communications in order to save lives, protect health and minimize disruptions.  So it reviews and defines requirements for all steps in warning plans, for both setting up the system and setting up the process.

What does ISO 22322 cover in terms of public warning systems?  Clause 4 starts with a general overview and then covers framework design issues:  Hazard monitoring, warning dissemination, and responsibilities.  You’ll learn how to identify public warning objectives and implement your process.  And of course the last section is on evaluation and continuous improvement.

What does ISO 22322 cover in terms of the public warning process itself?  Clause 5 again starts with a general overview.  It then turns to the hazard monitoring process and the steps you’ll need to take to implement it.  There’s a section on operational decision-making.  Then there’s a complete section on the warning dissemination process.   Clause 5 closes with a section on human factors considerations.

ISO 22322 is arranged as a series of listed steps, with many sections logically arranged as a series of action items or responsibilities.  So you’ll get concrete recommendations for the information that should be included in a warning or how to identify what area should get a warning, for example.

In addition, in Annex A the standard discusses the relationship between an “alert” and a “notification” in public warning.  And Annex B covers public awareness, an essential component of any successful public warning system.  A 5-item bibliography completes the standard.

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New ANSI A10.49 – Chemical Hazards in Construction and Demolition

ANSI A10.49, “Control of Chemical Health Hazards in Construction and Demolition Operations,” has just been released.  It’s also known as ANSI/ASSE A10.49-2015 since it was developed by ASSE, the American Society of Safety Engineers.  It has been written in response to the concerns raised by the fact that more construction workers die from exposure to hazardous chemicals like asbestos and lead than from safety hazards.  The new standard is a practical guide to identifying chemical hazards, rating them and developing a chemical control plan for handling them.

Who should be using the ANSI A10.49?  Those in the construction and demolition industries will be using this standard.  Adoption by OSHA is also expected.  So those of you who are construction owners, project constructors, contractors and workers should be getting a copy.

What is the approach of ANSI A10.49?  The new publication relies on the updated OSHA hazard communication standard, which will be requiring revised safety data sheets (SDSs) for hazardous materials.  When you are preparing for a job-site, you’ll assess potential chemical hazards.  The ANSI standard gives you the tools to determine both the hazard level and the exposure level for these chemicals.  It also provides you with a flowchart for then matching both levels to the appropriate action.

Will you have to use outside experts to follow this standard?  In most cases, no.  You’ll only need professional help (like an industrial hygienist) for the most hazardous conditions.  But you may be required to provide training in order to have a person on staff who meets the qualifications to handle more routine chemical hazard situations.

Does the ANSI A10.49 require monitoring?  No, in most cases you will not be required to monitor your job site.  Instead, you’ll use a system of implementing exposure controls and assessments by task.

What’s covered in the standard?  It has the usual introductory clause, referenced documents and definition sections.  Then there’s a review of roles and responsibilities.  Clause 5 will show you how to do a Pre-Job Health Hazard Analysis.  Clause 6 covers implementation and ongoing assessment.

Again, the approach for ANSI A10.49 is to develop a practical strategy encouraging a focus on the long-term health hazards posed by exposure to hazardous chemicals and minimizing these dangers.

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ASTM A580/A580M 2015 – Stainless Steel Wire

ASTM A580/A580M, “Standard Specification for Stainless Steel Wire,” has just been updated.  It is a copyright document so it is not available as a free pdf download.  However, you can purchase a copy of this specification from the authorized distributor, Document Center Inc., now.  This new edition has a number of significant changes and makes the previous 2014 Edition obsolete.

What does the ASTM A580/A580M cover?  This is the go-to document for stainless steel wire of all kinds, with the exception of free-machining types.  FYI: stainless steel wire is used in corrosion resistant and high-temperature service.  You’ll purchase this type of wire in coils.

Why does the ASTM number include both the A580 and the A580M designation?  This ASTM standard includes dimensions in both inch-pound and metric formats.  The inch-pound units are the default measurements — for delivery as metric, you’ll need to include this as a requirement in your order.

Most of the ASTM A580/A580M 2015 Edition is comprised of Tables.  Table 1 provides you with the chemical composition of a wide number of Austenitic, Austenitic-Ferritic, Ferritic, and Martensitic grades of Stainless Steel.  These grades are all called out by UNS number.  Table 2 gives you the mechanical test requirements for the same set of material.  Table 3 covers the response to heat treatment required.

What are the changes to the new 2015 Edition of A580/A580M?  The committee A01 has pointed out the following areas where changes have occurred:

  • An editorial change has been made to Table 1 (between UNS S28200 and UNS S30200)
  • Cb+Ta has been changed to Cb
  • There are corrections for both UNS S34700 and UNS 34751.
  • UNS S34800 has also had corrections
  • Table 1 has updates for the UNS reference

Why should you get a copy of this new edition?  Your copies of previous editions of the ASTM A580/A580M are now obsolete.  So order your 2015 Edition now at the Document Center Inc. webstore  Here’s a link directly to the order page for ASTM A580/A580M.  You’ll be able to order the document in both paper format and for pdf download.  And if you’d like online access, contact our staff for more information on our Standards Online multi-user service.  You can reach us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (  Remember, we’ve been an authorized distributor of ASTM standards since the 1980’s.  Make us your Standards Experts!

FDA Draft Guidance – Pediatric Uses of Medical Devices

There’s a new FDA Draft Guidance document available, “Leveraging Existing Clinical Data for Extrapolation to Pediatric Uses of Medical Devices.”  This new draft guidance will help medical device developers and manufacturers understand the FDA’s take on the extrapolation of clinical data.  And since it’s a draft document, there’s time to review and comment in order to influence how the FDA will allow for the use of existing data for the expansion of the approved patient population for your device.

Why is this draft guidance being released?  The FDA hopes to increase the availability of safe and effective pediatric devices.  It feels that companies can leverage existing data that has been generated for the PMA (pre-market approval application) process by the use of extrapolation.  Further, additional relevant information is available from humanitarian device exemptions.

How would this extrapolated information be used?  The FDA suggests a methodology for using this data to support pediatric device indications and labeling.  This will provide the FDA with the rationale for the approval of expanded use.

What will you learn in this draft document?  The FDA is releasing this guide to help you understand the approach they will be using to judge if extrapolation is appropriate.  You’ll also learn their take on the extent to which data can be leveraged in this way.  And you’ll be presented with a statistical methodology that the FDA believes increases the precision for pediatric inferences.

Additionally there are two Appendices in this guidance document.  The first gives you an example of the decision process for extrapolation.  The second covers various details on the statistical modeling processes you’ll be using.

Using medical devices developed for adults to assist younger patients is a worthy goal but certainly there are issues that cannot be ignored.  Pediatric patients are still growing, have a different and developing body mass, and present device developers with a different range of issues than adults do.  However, it is clear that there are many times when these devices may be of real value to pediatric patients.  This draft guidance is a big step towards providing device manufacturers with a clear path to an approval process for such use by leveraging information they’re already collected.

You’ll need to get a copy of this publication now in order to meet the 90 day submission deadline for any comments you may have.  Why don’t you consider purchasing it from Document Center Inc.?  You’ll be able to get the draft guidance in either paper or pdf format and if and when it is adopted by the FDA, we’ll notify you via an email alert.  Just head to our webstore at  Or click on this link to go to the order page for “Leveraging Existing Clinical Data for Extrapolation to Pediatric Uses of Medical Devices.”  If you have questions, you’re welcome to get in touch with our staff directly by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (  Remember, we’re your Standards Experts!

New IEC 62559-2 – Use Case Methodology

IEC 62559-2, “Use case methodology – Part 2: Definition of the templates for use cases, actor list and requirements list,” has just been released.  It cancels and replaces the IEC/PAS 62559 which is now obsolete.  It is the first release in what will be a 3 or 4 part series on Use Case Methodology.  This tool is expected to support the development of complex systems for such applications as smart cities, the smart grid, and so on. When released in it’s entirety, the series will enable a user to conceptualize the many possible ways a system will be utilized, set up a series of templates to formalize each of those ways, and then turn those requirements into xml based templates for use in development.

Why has the use case model been developed?  It provides a unique way to gather information on the requirements for a complex system from experts with varying backgrounds.  It also allows for developing a complex system by breaking it down into concrete action items all supporting defined requirements.  This is an essential activity in such challenging standardization projects like the smart grid initiative when there is a need for the development of many standards by multiple technical committees.

What will you learn in the IEC 62559-2?  The standard starts with the usual scope paragraph.  No reference documents in this one, but a lengthy terms and definitions section that will help all those involved in use cases.  Now Clause 4 provides you with information on what a use case template actually is.  Since we’re talking about the concepts of “templates,” “actors,” and their “requirements,” this is a very helpful section.  Further exploration of the concepts is provided in Clauses 5, 6, and 7.  Need examples to put this into practice?  Annex A covers examples of actors, while Annex B provides you with examples of the suggested use case template of the standard.  A 23-item bibliography completes the 122-page publication.

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New ISO/TS 37151 – Smart Cities Metrics

There’s a new ISO/TS 37151, “Smart community infrastructures – Principles and requirements for performance metrics.”  This new Technical Specification supports the use of the ISO 37120, “Sustainable development of communities – Indicators for city services and quality of life.”  It is also a companion to the ISO/TR 37150, “Smart community infrastructures – Review of existing activities relevant to metrics.”  All three documents support the multi-billion dollar smart cities technology industry.  The focus of this new business model?  To help cities develop livable and sustainable environments for a “greener” future.

How does the ISO/TS 37151 fit into the smart cities model?  It is often said that what you cannot manage what you cannot measure.  So with the technologies that support the smart cities effort, the use of metrics is essential to managing the move to a more efficient community infrastructure with regards to telecommunications, common databases and so on.  This is the focus of ISO/TS 37151.

What exactly does ISO/TS 37151 address?  As noted in the scope paragraph, the document provides both principles and requirements for the definition, identification, optimization and harmonization of community infrastructure performance metrics.  It also gives recommendations for analysis.  You’ll be able to better understand performance in terms of smartness, interoperability,  synergy, resilience, safety and of course security.

Why did ISO develop this specification?  ISO is working on smart city standards in support of international community initiatives like the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.  It is hoped that the work that’s being done will support international trade in the deliverables that support this effort.  It is also expected that the ISO standards will improve the chances for both governments and businesses of all sizes to adopt these technologies more successfully.

Who will find the ISO/TS 37151 to be of value?  The ISO Committee 268 has written it for governments at all levels, for regional organizations (like the Smart Cities Council here in the U.S.), community planners and developers, infrastructure operators (such as public utilities), infrastructure vendors and for non-governmental groups (like consumer advocates).

What exactly does ISO/TS 37151 cover?  It has the usual scope, referenced documents and definitions sections.  Clause 4 provides you with an overview of the document and how it might be used.  Clause 5 covers the principles you should use when setting up a program for defining and using these metrics.  Clause 6 is a requirements section, discussing the common approach to identifying the metrics you should be using.  And Annexes A and B provide you with examples for the applicability of the approaches suggested and for relating community issues to performance measures.  A 25 item bibliography completes the 66-page publication.

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Standards Online Demo — Try it now!

Document Center Inc. released it’s online subscription product last year.  Now Standards Online has undergone it’s first major update and is available for your review.  Access the Standards Online Demo and register for your free two week trial.  The features and functions in this new release are tailored to your needs for compliance to your specific list of standards.

What’s new for Standards Online with this release?  Lots!  The new release is easy to use.  For the individual customer, there’s the ability to open, print and save your standards copies in accordance with your contract.  You’re able to search your list of standards to quickly retrieve the document you need.  And you can search within a standard to find either a specific clause or word for those times when you know exactly what you need.

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MIL-STD-202 H – Major Changes!

MIL-STD-202, “Test Method Standard for Electronic and Electrical Component Parts,” has just been updated.  The new Revision H reflects an entirely new format for the standard.  It’s a complete departure from the previous revisions and will have an impact on those of you who rely on the document.  All test methods are now published separately, as MIL-STD-202-xxx documents, where the xxx is the test method number.  An example would be MIL-STD-202-107.  All of these new releases may be purchased from Document Center Inc. now.

When was the MIL-STD-202 last revised?  The last update for MIL-STD-202 was Revision G with Change Notices 1 and 2 on 6/28/2013.  The Revision G itself was issued in 2002.  If you’d like to see the complete revision history for this standard, here is a link to our Document History page for the MIL-STD-202.

Why has the MIL-STD-202 Revision H been changed?  Of course, there is no official explanation in the document itself, however, one can make guesses about the update.  First, this allows for the test methods to be modified individually without have to update the entire standard.  So changes to each test method will be easier and faster for the document authors/caretakers.  And it will save a great deal of paper, etc., to have changes affect only the appropriate test method, not the entire document.

How will the test methods be numbered as they are revised?  The basic schema of the test methods (101 to 199 for environmental tests, 201 to 299 for physical characteristics tests, and 301 to 399 for electrical characteristics tests) remains the same.  The numbering is changing as noted in my first paragraph.  But following the revision level will be far easier now.  The usual convention of using letters (Revision A, Revision B, and so on) will now apply to the test methods.  This is a more familiar scheme than before.

How about test methods that have been canceled?  The MIL-STD-202 H now contains supersession information in Clause 6.  Look to the new section 6.3, “Canceled methods,” for information on those methods (or parts of methods) that are withdrawn, plus information on what method to use instead.  Tables are included when there are various types that need to be linked from the old method to the new.  For example, when obsolete test method 216, test condition A, is called out, you’ll now use test method 210, test condition C.

What does this new format mean for the users of MIL-STD-202?  The MIL-STD-202 H and it’s new separate test methods will be as easy to use as ever.  However, there will be one new issue — How to keep track of the revision level for each of the individual test methods.  This has always been a challenge.  Now you’ll need to make sure that you can monitor lots of documents instead of just 1.

At Document Center Inc., a benefit of purchasing standards from us is that each sale comes with our free updating service.  So you’ll be notified whenever one of the standards you’ve purchased from us changes.  In fact, our service is so popular, we provide many customers with extensive notifying and reporting services as stand-alone products.  If you’re concerned that you’ll miss an update to your standards collection, you’ll want to make the change and use Document Center Inc. as your source for standards.  Order online at our webstore,  Here’s a link directly to the MIL-STD-202 order page.  And make us your Standards Experts!

New NSF/ANSI 14 – Plastic Piping

NSF/ANSI 14, “Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials,” has just been updated.  The new 2015 Edition is available now from Document Center Inc.  This NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation) standard has been adopted as part of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), International Plumbing Code, International Residential Code and National Standard Plumbing Code.  All plastic piping products must comply with this document.

What kinds of plastic piping are covered by the NSF/ANSI 14?   It appies to thermoplastic and thermoset plastic piping system components, like pipes, fittings, valves, joining materials, gaskets, and appurtenances.  The physical, performance, and health effects requirements also apply to materials (resin or blended compounds) and ingredients used to manufacture these components.

What will you find in this standard?  First, there are definitions and requirements for materials, ingredients, products, quality assurance, marking, and record-keeping.    It also addresses any material used in a plastic piping system as well as brass, copper, composites, and other materials.  Additionally, the standard includes criteria for PVC ingredients.  Here are some examples of items  that are included:

  • Thermoplastic materials
  • Thermoset materials
  • Non-plastic components
  • Piping and tubing
  • Fittings and valves
  • Appurtenances
  • Joining materials and gaskets
  • Ingredients of materials
  • Special engineered products and materials


What kinds of systems are not covered by NSF/ANSI 14?  Plastic piping system components which are manufactured to one of the normative references found in Clause 2 and do not have integral connections specifically intended for plastic piping systems are not covered.  And if you’re planning on using a plastic piping system for drinking water applications, you’ll need to comply with NSF/ANSI 61 as well.

Can my products be certified to NSF/ANSI 14?  Yes, they most certainly can.  The NSF Plastic Certification Program is based on the NSF/ANSI 14.  An inspection of your manufacturing facility and testing of your product(s) will be made by NSF International.  Upon successful completion of the process, you’ll receive your certification and the right to use the NSF Certification Mark on your product.

The NSF/ANSI 14 is updated annually.  And since it is a copyright document, you’ll want to get an authorized edition from a source like Document Center Inc.  You can order all NSF International standards at the Document Center webstore,  Or contact our staff by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (  We’re here to help you stay compliant with the standards you use.  Make us your Standards Experts!