New EN 9102 2015 Edition – Aerospace Quality

EN 9102, “Aerospace series. Quality systems. First article inspection,” has just been updated and the 2015 Edition is available now from Document Center Inc.  It is a technical update to the previous 2006 Edition, which is now obsolete.  Countries within the European Union have until June of this year to adopt the new revision and withdraw all conflicting or duplicate national standards.

Who’s in charge of the EN 9102?  Within the EU, the caretaker is the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe – Standardization (ASD-STAN).  The document itself originated with the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG).  It was adopted by the EU on 9/27/2015 — thus the 2015 Edition on the cover page.  There are 3 official languages that are released by CEN:  English, French and German.  Any national adoptions in those languages will always consist of the original EN copy.  Only editions in other languages will have been translated independently.

What does the EN 9102 cover?  This standard is an essential aerospace quality standard for First Article Inspection (FAI).  This is the way that a manufacturer proves that a production line will deliver parts and assemblies that meet the engineering and design requirements.  In other words, you take the first production run and verify that the initial part is compliant.  If so, you can proceed with the balance of the run with confidence.

What’s changed in this new edition of EN 9102?  This revision has addressed the following areas:

  • The value of the FAI process to an organization is now emphasized.
  • The planning and evaluation activities are now separate and enhanced.
  • Digital Product Definition (DPD) and its relationship to FAI has been added.
  • And other updates to meet stakeholder needs have been made.

How can you get a copy of the new edition of EN 9102?  We have several national adoptions available at Document Center Inc.  Currently, the BS EN 9102 2015 Edition has been released — You can find the order page for BS EN 9102 here.  The SS EN 9102 and the DIN EN 9102 have not been administratively processed yet but the 2015 Edition for each should show up soon.  Check our webstore for availability.

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IEC 61788-4 Updated for Superconductors

IEC 61788-4, “Superconductivity – Residual resistance ratio measurement – Residual resistance ratio of Nb-Ti and Nb3Sn composite superconductors,” has just been updated.  The new Edition 4.0 replaces the previous edition from 2011 and is available now from Document Center Inc.  It is a technical revision, so you’ll need it if you use this standard.

Of course, superconductivity is an exciting technological development and standards have their role to play in it’s commercialization.  The IEC 61788 series provide a set of tests for measuring the various characteristics of both materials and formats (like wires.)   Part 4 deals with the  residual resistance ratio (RRR) of Nb-Ti and Nb3Sn composite superconductors.

This type of standard is highly technical.  You’ll be given information on the materials and specimens to be used for this test method.  The various formulas that define RRR are included, as is a graph of the relationship between temperature and resistance.  Specific information on the apparatus to use, specimen preparation and data acquisition and analysis is provided.  Uncertainty and stability is addressed, as is the report format.  Annex A covers additional information about the measurement of RRR.  Annex B discusses uncertainty considerations.

Your authoring committee has provided the following information on the changes included in this new revision for IEC 61788-4:

Updates have been made for “…the unification of similar test methods for residual resistance ratio (RRR) of Nb-Ti and Nb3Sn composite superconductors, the latter of which is described in IEC 61788-11.”

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ISO/ASTM 52900 – Terminology for Additive Manufacturing

ISO/ASTM 52900, “Standard Terminology for Additive Manufacturing – General Principles – Terminology,”  has just been released.  This terminology standard is a co-publication of both ASTM and ISO.  It is available now from Document Center Inc. in both the ISO and the ASTM Editions.

I was speaking with a collegue at the World Standards Week activities last fall and realized during our conversation that the release of vocabulary and terminology standards for a particular technology signals that standardization is in process.  In this case, the situation is a little different.  The ISO/ASTM 52900 is the replacement standard for the ASTM F2792, which has been cancelled.  As such, it signals a convergence of interests by the international standardization community for additive manufacturing.

ISO/ASTM 52900 of course contains a number of pages of straight-forward definitions.  However, users of the standard will be pleased to find the inclusion of an Annex that describes the basic principles of additive manufacturing.  It’s a five page review that provides you with a number of figures representing the various stages the process involves.  These figures cover the principles for both single step (metallic materials, polymer materials, and ceramic materials) and multistep processing.

Those of you interested in additive manufacturing will also want to know that two additional ISO/ASTM standards are available on this topic:  ISO/ASTM 52915, “Standard specification for Additive Manufacturing File format (AMF) Version 1.1,” and ISO/ASTM 52921, “Standard Terminology for Additive Manufacturing-Coordinate Systems and Test Methodologies.”

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O-M-232 updated – Methyl Alcohol

O-M-232, “Methanol (Methyl Alcohol),” has been updated.  The release of the Revision M is the first update of the publication since 2006.  Even though many material specs tend to be stable, the new revision for this federal specification contains a number of significant changes throughout the document.  You’ll want a copy if you use this standard in your business.

O-M-232 is a federal specification provided by the U.S. General Services Administration.  It is classified as a “public domain” document — It is not covered by the laws of copyright because U.S. taxpayers have paid for it’s development and maintenance.  Many of these types of documents have been withdrawn and replaced by industry publications.  However, a number of frequently referenced specs continue to be supported by GSA.  O-M-232 is one such publication.

What does O-M-232 cover?  It is a purchasing document used by the federal government and others.  It covers three grades and four unit quantities of methanol.  It’s widely used in industry as well.

What are the changes in the new Revision M for O-M-232?  You’ll find changes in the referenced documents section.  This means that there will be updates in the areas where those referenced documents appear.  These changes show up in Table 1, the chemical and physical characteristics of grades A and AA methanol.  And you’ll find them in Section 4.3, the test methods clause.  Other revisions include the mapping of  Grade A methanol from the O-M-232 to NATO identification code number S-747.  Two new International standardization agreements are referenced at the end of the publication.  And safety data sheet  requirements are updated as well.

To make it easier for you to find all these revisions, the O-M-232 contains black lines in the margins where they occur.  This is a helpful feature that you’ll find in some government publications and occassionally in some industry standards as well.

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ASTM D412 updated – Tension testing

ASTM D412, “Standard Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers – Tension,” has just been revised — twice!  The ASTM D412 2015 Edition and the ASTM D412 2015a Edition were both approved in December and published in January.  Yes, this does cause confusion but hopefully we can discuss the publications and make your next purchase a little clearer.

ASTM D412 is a widely used test method standard for tension testing.  It’s remained stable since 2006 with the exception of a couple of editorial changes.  So we know that the new 2015a Edition does contain technical updates that you’ll need to use going forward.

However, the technical committee in charge of the standard has not provided any guidance as to what those changes are.  So your best bet is to get the redline edition which includes a copy of the previous 2006a Edition (reaffirmed in 2013) with the changes clearly marked and a clean copy of the new 2015a Edition.  FYI:  There is no redline edition available for the briefly valid 2015 Edition.  So we must assume that there was an issue that was identified and resolved very quickly after the first approval.  However, that approval did result in the 2015 Edition getting pushed through the publication cycle.

Why do folks use the ASTM D412?  It contains the test methods you’ll use to evaluate the tension properties of various thermoset rubbers and thermoplastic elastomers.  Included are both the “dumbbell and straight section” test method A and the “cut ring” test method B.  This refers to the types of specimens that are used in each test.  Also to be noted is the fact that the standard not only provides you with detailed information on the tests, but like many of the ASTM publications of this type, it also provides you with reporting requirements.

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ISO/IEC 30130 released – Software Testing Tools

ISO/IEC 30130, “Software engineering – Capabilities of software testing tools,” has just been released by JTC1, the joint technical committee of ISO and IEC.  This new standard defines the framework that you’ll use when evaluating software testing tools for specific projects.  Since the use of these products makes the job of validation and quality testing much more efficient and effective, using the right one for your purposes is essential.

The standard was developed to address the issues that are cropping up now that software programs can be so complex and large in size.  Software testing tools for such programs vary widely based on the context in which they will be used.  As new tools are released, it’s become more difficult to understand exactly what various tools can do and compare and contrast various products.  So ISO/IEC 30130 shows you how such tools are developed using existing standards, what the inputs and outputs should be, and the criteria to use to evaluate any given testing program.  And the good news is that not only can this process be used for evaluation, it also will provide you with a framework for training, etc.

What’s actually in ISO/IEC 30130?  The standard starts with the usual scope, referenced documents and definitions clauses.  Clause 4 is an overview of the object model used for software testing tools.  Clause 5 reviews the various categories for these products.  Next comes sections on characteristics and capabilities of software testing tools.  Here you’ll find such things as quality characteristics and granularity, dynamic test execution, code analysis, and test management.  Finally, the standard has an Annex A with tables showing you capabilities mapped to test processes and an Annex B which reviews the approach used in developing this standard.  A 7-item bibliography completes the document.

FYI:  Annex A tables are particularly useful, since they show you how to map the capabilities of a given tool to the processes of ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-2, “Software and systems engineering – Software testing – Part 2: Test processes.”  This can give you a consistent means of evaluating products, as well as a resource for reviewing those features that you’ll want to use in defining your training program.

Now to get a copy of ISO/IEC 30130.  As noted on the publication, you’ll want to use an authorized distributor since these standards are copyright material.  Order from the Document Center webstore at with confidence — we’ll been working with both ISO and IEC since the early 1990’s.  Here’s a direct link to the order page for ISO/IEC 30130.

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New ANSI/ESD STM3.1 2015 Edition – Ionization

ANSI/ESD STM3.1, “ESD Association Standard Test Method for the Protection of Electrostatic Discharge Susceptible Items – Ionization,” has just been revised.  The new 2015 Edition is available now from Document Center Inc. in both paper and pdf format.  This new update replaces the previous 2006 Edition which is now obsolete.

ANSI/ESD STM3.1 is a part of the Electrostatic Discharge Association’s series of standards developed to help you limit the static charge problems that can plague certain work environments.  This standard provides you with information on air ionization techniques.  Air ionizers neutralize the charge of a given air space.  This is an alternative to a number of grounding techniques covered in various other ESDA publications.

ANSI/ESD STM3.1 is a standard test method and covers 4 types of air ionization:

  • Radioactive emission
  • High voltage corona from AC electric fields
  • High voltage corona from DC electric fields
  • Soft x-ray emission

You’ll see that the publication provides you with test methods and procedures to use when evaluating ionization equipment.  The goal?  To generate meaningful, reproducible data.

ESDA has a number of different types of publications and uses the document number to communicate which is being used in any given standard.  The STM, of course, stands for Standard Test Method.  This is a “definitive procedure for the identification, measurement, and evaluation of one or more qualities, characteristics, or properties of a material, product, system, or process that yield a reproducible test result.”  However, the use of these different designators means that a document number can change from revision to revision.  So the ANSI/ESD STM3.1 has also been known as ANSI/EOS/ESD S3.1.

If you use this standard, you’ll want to get a copy of the new revision.  Order at the Document Center Inc. webstore,, since we’re an authorized distributor of the ESDA standards.  Here’s the direct link for the order page for ANSI/ESD STM3.1 2015 Edition.  If you have additional questions or want information on our multi-use subscription service, please contact our staff.  We’re available by phone at 650-591-7600 or email at  Remember, we’ve been working with compliance documentation since 1982.  Make us your Standards Experts!

SMPTE on the Red Carpet — Awarded an Emmy!

SMPTE, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, has been awarded an Emmy!  We don’t usually think of standards as a glamour industry, but here it is:  A picture of SMPTE staff member Peter Symes on the podium getting accolades for SMPTE’s work on closed-captioning for Internet content taken from movies and television.  And who was there on the podium as well?  Representatives from Netflix, HBO, Telestream, and W3C.  Nice crowd you run with, SMPTE!

Of course, organizations like SMPTE provide the hidden infrastructure that makes many of our new products and services work.  This work is laborious, taking resources of both manhours and dollars and cents.  So in many ways, SMPTE is also representing those many technical folks who take the time to participate in the standards process.  And the SMPTE Emmy also reminds us that good standardization does rely on industry to provide much of this investment.

What is the SMPTE Emmy for?  It was awarded for the development and publication of the SMPTE Timed Text® (SMPTE-TT) profile.  This is work that was built upon the Timed Text Markup Language (TTML) provided by W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium.  It allows for closed captioning that was done for television broadcasting to be repurposed for Internet distribution.

Another great thing about the development of this standard is that it highlights the participation not only of industry but of the public, especially those with a vested interest in the development of this standard.  SMPTE established a liaison with the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology to make sure that it was appropriate for the requirements of the disability community.

For those of us in the Standards Community, public recognition beyond that offered by the various Standards Organizations themselves is not a common sight.  So congratulations again to SMPTE and thanks to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the recognition.

You can read more about this prestigious award on the SMPTE website — Here’s a link to the Press Release for the SMPTE Emmy.  It also contains information on SMPTE member Chuck Pagano who was awarded a NATAS Lifetime Achievement Award.  And the press release also mentions a number of SMPTE company members who were honored during the ceremonies.  Really a pleasure to see the public acknowledgement of the contribution of SMPTE and it’s members.

New ISO 18362 – Microbiological Q.A.

ISO 18362, “Manufacture of cell-based health care products – Control of microbial risks during processing,” has just been released.  This new standard provides manufacturers using cell-based material in their health care products with a way to reduce the risk of contamination during processing.  Since cell-based health care products can include a wide variety of materials, the way in which each reacts to various forms of sterilization, etc., can vary widely.  The document addresses the process needed for a risk-based approach for handling these new materials.

CBHP (Cell-Based Healthcare Products) can include materials from human, animal, microbial or plant origin.  Some are able to withstand sterilization, others must be delivered without a guarantee of sterility.  What kinds of materials are we talking about here?  CBHPs include biological heart valves, sutures, tissue patches, corneal tissue and viable skin grafts.  These materials reflect the expanding world of medical science, where the use of biological material is replacing the previous metallic or plastic parts in order to achieve better results and longer lasting solutions.

However, using contaminated materials during surgury can have tremendously negative consiquences.   So manufacturers will want to reduce the risks of this as much possible, increasing the safety and quality of their products according to best practices.  ISO 18362 provides you with a thorough review of all elements necessary to achieve this goal.

It starts with the usual scope, referenced documents and terms and definitions sections.  Clause 4 addresses the quality system elements necessary here, with Clause 5 covering process definition, particularly risk management.  Clause 6 discusses the manufacturing environment, including such areas as manufacturing environment design, the workflow for materials and personnel, and even your HVAC system.

Next come clauses specifically on equipment, personnel, and the manufacture of your product.  Clause 10 is on process simulation and process confirmation, necessary to assure that your system is going to function correctly.  Clause 11 covers the final product release and your test for sterility, if applicable.  Clause 12 covers the final product released for those materials where biological contamination can’t be detected by sterility, for whatever reason.

There are an additional six Annexes in this standard.  Only one is a required section — Annex B on decision trees for the application of risk assessment for cell-based starting materials.  The balance of the Annexes are informational only:

  • Annex A on examples of microbial risks for CBHP,
  • Annex C on containment facilities,
  • Annex D on CBHP starting material itself,
  • Annex E on containment requirements for procured non-sterile starting material prior to entering the manufacturing area, and
  • Annex F on typical elements of a process definition.

A 24-item Bibliography completes the standard.

If you use CBHP’s in your business, you’ll surely want to get a copy of this new standard.  You can order with confidence at the Document Center Inc. webstore,  Here’s a direct link to the order page for ISO 18362.

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IEC 62396-1 Updated for Avionics

IEC 62396-1, “Process management for avionics – Atmospheric radiation effects – Part 1: Accommodation of atmospheric radiation effects via single event effects within avionics electronic equipment,” has just been revised.  The new Edition 2.0 is available from Document Center Inc. in paper format, for pdf download, as a redline version, and as part of our Standards Online multiuser subscription!  Changes are extensive, so if you use this management standard be sure to order your copy now from an authorized distributor like Document Center.

What is IEC 62396-1?  The standard describes the ionizing radiation environment that electronics will be subjected to when in use in aircraft.  Since this type of radiation can affect electronics, the standard provides general approaches to dealing with those effects.  And yes, the standards world is also reviewing the effects of this type of radiation on passengers and crew, even though this standard does not address this issue.

Who should be using IEC 62396-1?  It’s written specifically for avionics systems designers, electonic equipment manufacturers, component manufacturers and their customers.

What will I find in IEC 62396-1?  The standard provides guidance for what’s called “single event effects.”  It describes the details of the radiation environment and the problems this atmospheric radiation can cause.  It shows you the appropriate methods for quantifying single event effect rates in electronic components.  You’ll learn how to expand your system safety methodology to include these rates.  And you’ll be able to demonstrate the suitability of your products for this type of application both at the component and system level.

What’s been changed in the Edition 2.0 for IEC 62396-1?  Of course, Edition 2.0 cancels and replaces Edition 1.0 from 2012.  It is a technical update and the changes are extensive.  The committee does provide you with general guidance on the changes in the foreword to the publication.  However, your Redline Edition will have every detail clearly marked and will be a useful purchase for all serious users of the standard.

The committee points out the following updates:

  • Clause 7 is for guidance only, with the references to level A Types I and II removed.
  • Definitions have been updated.
  • New technology has been added to Annex G.
  • Expansion of concepts for the proposed parts IEC 62396-6, IEC 62396-7 and IEC 62396-8  (solar flares and extreme space weather for the Part 6 in 5.6, atmosphic radiation effects analysis in the system design process in 7.1, and the addition of new particles in 6.2.10 for Part 8).
  • A new Annex H has been added.
  • Changes to 5.3 and 8.2 have been made, as well as clarification to calculating event rates in specific situations.

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