UL 94 6th Edition updated – Plastic Parts Flammability

July 22nd, 2014

You’ve got your copy of the new UL 94 6th Edition, “Standard for Tests for Flammability of Plastic Materials for Parts in Devices and Appliances.”  Now you’ve gotten our notification regarding the new Change Notice from 7/11/2014.  What’s the change notice?  How does it affect your copy of the UL standard?

Good questions!  When UL standards are updated, they can either be re-written altogether and released as new editions, or have change notices issued.  Right now, the new change notice for the UL 94 does two things.  First, it alerts you to the fact that the standard has been ANSI approved.  This means that the title page has been reprinted with the information on the ANSI adoption (it took place 7/9/2014).  Then, there’s been technical changes to the standard as well.

The technical changes in this particular notice were made for the relative humidity tolerance for sample conditioning.  This affects two sections of the standard – Section 5 (Paragraph 5.10) and Section 6 (Paragraph 6.1).  To make it easier for you to identify these changes, lines have been placed in the margins of the updated pages in the change notice.

One thing to remember is that when you purchase any UL standard, your copy will include all change notices up to the date of your purchase.  However, you will have to buy any notices or new revisions that are released after that date.

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MIL-STD-883 J on Microcircuits updated again!

July 21st, 2014

It seems like only yesterday that I blogged about the new MIL-STD-883 J with Change Notice 3 on Microcircuit Testing…  Actually it was on June 30th!  (Here’s the link to my review of MIL-STD-883J with Notice 3.)  And now there’s already a new MIL-STD-883 J with Change Notice 4!

Since I’ve reviewed the document a number of times, I won’t go over the basics of this test method standard.  But I know you’d like to learn what’s behind this rapid release of another update.  It turns out that in Test Method 2010, an error was inadvertently inserted into paragraph 3.1.1.1h.  This revision corrects that error.

You may ask how you’re going to keep up with these types of changes.  They’re hard to track and harder to disseminate throughout your organization.  Well, Document Center has a solution for that!  Our new Standards Online subscription access service may be the answer you’re looking for.  Standards Online allows authorized access to the standards you use for multiple folks in your company.  It’s a yearly subscription to online access for your custom collection of standards.

Let’s use MIL-STD-883 as an example of the benefits of the Standards Online service.  If it was part of your collection, the new edition would have automatically been posted to your Standards Online collection when it was released.  This means that your staff would have automatically been able to use the latest edition without you having to worry about it!  And because this service provides online access, you can easily use your standards 24/7 where ever you happen to be!

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New ASTM E2962 – Guide for Fleet Management

July 18th, 2014

You’ve got a fleet of vehicles at your company, and you want to make sure that you’ve got all your bases covered when it comes to managing and maintaining that fleet.  Or you’re setting up a new product line and since it includes delivery, now you’ve got to manage a fleet of company delivery vans.  Whether your organization has a fleet of motor vehicles, airplanes, boats, or other specialized vehicles, the new ASTM E2962 gives you the guidance you need.

Titled “Standard Guide for Fleet Management,” this new document covers the abc’s of fleet management.  You’ll get information on how to maximize the value of the fleet to your organization while minimizing the risks associated with this type of asset.  It helps you set up the kind of performance measures that help you achieve cost savings, increased asset utilization, longer asset life, and improved mission effectiveness.

All phases of asset management are covered, from fleet purchases to vehicle disposal.  Not only that, but consideration is given to the degree of expertise required of the personnel that will be operating the fleet.  It will certainly help you review the issues that will impact the training program you develop for your staff.

You’ll be setting up your own policies, procedures, record keeping, and other systems to manage your asset.  But you’ll use the ASTM E2962 as a guide for what to include and how to implement your process.  Only good planning and viable systems can minimize the risk associated with the operation of fleets of vehicles.  Count on ASTM to have a basic guide that gives you a complete review of the considerations you need to take into account.

When you’re ready to get your copy, head to Document Center’s webstore at www.document-center.com.  You’ll be able to get your authorized copy of any current (and many obsolete) ASTM standard in either paper format or for pdf download.  When you standard changes, you’ll get a notification.  Or you can always log into our site and review the status of your standards at any time.

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New IEC 60065 8th Edition – Safety for Audio & Video Equipment

July 17th, 2014

IEC 60065 (formerly IEC 65) is the basis for safety for all types of audio and video equipment.  Now there’s a new 344-page 8th Edition, and it’s available from Document Center Inc. in both paper format and for pdf download.  Titled “Audio, video and similar electronic apparatus – Safety requirements,” it cancels and replaces the 7th Edition from 2001 (as well as the Amendments 1 and 2 for that revision).

What types of equipment is covered by this standard?  It’s used for electronic musical instruments and accessories, video projectors and other types of A/V equipment, video cameras, games, tape recorders, CB (Citizen’s Band) equipment and so on.

What’s the purpose of the IEC 60065?  To provide protection to the people using such equipment, as well as to the equipment’s surroundings.  This is accomplished by providing information on both the included requirements as well as the essential principles supporting those requirements.  Basic protection from such hazards as electric shock, radiation, heat, fire and various burns are the result of adherence to the standard.  You’ll also get such basic information as marking and instructions.

What are the changes in this new 8th Edition?  Here’s a quick list:

  • New requirements for wall and ceiling mountings
  • New requirements for batteries (coin/button cell)
  • Revision of the notes fields to meet requirements from new directives
  • New requirements for LEDs
  • Creepage distances are brought into line with those of IEC 60950-1
  • Optocoupler requirements have been changed

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New AWS D1.2/D1.2m Structural Welding Code – Aluminum

July 16th, 2014

AWS D1.2/D1.2M, “Structural Welding Code – Aluminum,” has just been revised and you can get your copy from Document Center Inc. now!  Formerly known as AWS D1.2, this new 2014 Edition is the first update of the Code since 2008.  It provides the user with a set of rules for welding structural aluminum.

Who should use this Code?  It has been developed for the fabrication, erection and manufacturing industries.  And it’s often called out in both contracts and in building codes as well.

What’s new in this 6th edition?  Good news.  All changes are marked with either underlines or lines in the margins.  Here’s information on the major revisions:

  • The addition of responsibilities for the engineer, contractor and inspector
  • The deletion of Class I and Class II structure types
  • Removal of aluminum alloy 5652 (deactivated by the Aluminum Association)
  • The change from conventional to pulsed power supply is not an essential variable for qualification
  • GTAW current type (AC or DC) is now an essential variable.
  • A change in the shielding gas doesn’t mean welder requalification
  • Preparation of base metal requirements were revised
  • ASTM B928 base metal alloys 5083, 5086 and 5456 were added
  • You’ll need to RT or UT CJP groove welds entirely when welded from 1 side where it’s inaccessible for visual inspection
  • No more torque test for qualifying stud weld WPSs
  • Only 5xxx studs remain, all others have been deleted
  • Changes were made to the minimum tensile strengths for studs
  • Friction stir welding has been added
  • Revision has been made to the minimum size of reinforcing fillet welds in corner and tee joints
  • Annex E on Effective Throat was deleted
  • Changes have been made to Annex J

This is an extensive update, totalling 232 pages in all.  You’ll want to get your copy as soon as possible.  So order it online at the Document Center webstore, www.document-center.com.  Or contact our staff by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com).  We’ve been providing standards to our customers since 1982.  Make us your Standards Experts!

The draft for ISO 14001 3rd Edition is available for comment

July 15th, 2014

You have an environmental management system in place, which means you’re audited to assure compliance.  And you’re aware that the ISO management system standards are being reviewed to provide better continuity between the various systems, making compliance easier.    But are you aware that you can review the proposed 3rd edition for ISO 14001, “Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use,” and comment on the document if you have concerns?  This draft, ISO/DIS 14001, is now available from Document Center Inc. in either paper format or for pdf download.  It’s your chance to see what changes are in store before they’re finalized.

Right off the top, you’ll notice the new layout of the information in the standard.  Instead of the previous 4 clauses, the proposed edition has 10.  Why?  To better follow the new structure of all the management system standards.

In the current 2nd edition from 2004, there are the usual scope, referenced documents, and terms and definition clauses.  Then all the environmental management system requirements are included in the comprehensive clause 4.  In the draft, the clauses following the similar first 3 clauses are:

  • Context of the organization (Clause 4)
  • Leadership (Clause 5)
  • Planning (Clause 6)
  • Support (Clause 7)
  • Operation (Clause 8)
  • Performance evaluation (Clause 9)
  • Improvement (Clause 10)

Annex A remains the guidance on the use of the standard.  Annex B provides you with a comparison of the draft 3rd Edition and the 2nd Edition from 2004.  It has 2 sections, the draft to the standard and the standard to the draft.  Since it includes the paragraph numbering for each, it’s very clear how the information from the 2nd Edition is going to be found in the 3rd.  Lastly, Annex C is an alphabetical index of the terms from clause 3 (terms and definitions section).

It’s not mandatory to get a copy of a draft document.  However, many of our customers do like to know in advance how the document is likely to change.  And it also offers them a chance to affect the content of the new revision if they choose to.  In the case of the ISO/DIS 14001, the public comment period is from 8/28/2014 to 11/28/2014.  If all goes smoothly, the new 3rd edition will probably be released in late 2015.  If there’s issues that are uncovered, well, you just don’t know!

One more thing to mention.  Since this is a public review draft, every part of the document is subject to change.  So don’t decide to change your system based on a public review draft!  It’s only being offered up by the committee to see if there’s any areas where the document needs review or revision.

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New ISO 11135 2014 for Medical Device EO Sterilization

July 12th, 2014

Last Thursday I promised you more information on new medical device sterilization standards, so here we go…  The New ISO 11135 2nd Edition is here!  This new release, titled “Sterilization of health-care products — Ethylene oxide — Requirements for the development, validation and routine control of a sterilization process for medical devices,” replaces the ISO 11135-1 and the ISO 11135-2, both of which are now obsolete.  The new edition is available from Document Center Inc. in both paper format and for pdf download.  You can even include it in your Standards Online subscription service!

ISO 11135 provides a methodology for setting up and validating an EO (ethylene oxide) sterilization process for medical devices.  It can be used in both manufacturing and heath care facility settings.  It provides you with guidance on how to sterilize — other standards like EN 556-1 and AAMI ST67 tell you what degree of sterilization you’ll need to achieve.  The new AAMI TIR56 covers EO Sterilization for flexible packaging which is not included in the ISO 11135.  And the requirements for sterilizing to inactivate spongiform encephalogathy agents (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, etc.) are specifically excluded.

Since this new 2nd Edition represents the consolidation of the Parts 1 and 2, it is a complete overhaul of the document.  The basic structure of the core standard is stable, with the information being presented in 12 clauses.  However, you’ll see the changes immediately in the way information is included in the Annexes.

Let’s take a look at them.  FYI:  Annexes A and B are part of the requirements of the document, C through E are informative only.

  • Annex A – Determination of lethal rate of the sterilization process — Biological indicator/bioburden approach
  • Annex B – Conservative determination of lethal rate of the sterilization process — Overkill approach
  • Annex C – Temperature sensors, RH sensors and biological indicator numbers
  • Annex D – Guidance on the application of the normative requirements
  • Annex E – Single Lot Release

The document ends with a 43-item bibliography.  And although the document is 88 pages long, only 78 of those pages contain technical content.

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EN 16247 has new parts 2, 3, and 4 – Energy Audits

July 11th, 2014

Energy conservation, confirmed by the use of energy audits, is on the minds of  standards developers these days, which means that regulators and industry are ready to take action.  Now there’s 3 new European standards directly addressing the topic.  They are part of the EN 16247 series and have just been released.  Each complements the EN 16247-1, “Energy audits. General requirements,” from 2012.  Let’s review the new editions:

EN 16247-2, Energy audits. Buildings

This European Standard is applicable to specific energy audit requirements in buildings. It specifies the requirements, methodology and deliverables of an energy audit in a building or group of buildings. It does not include individual private homes.  But it may cover multi-dwelling apartment blocks where communal services are supplied from a landlord.  You’ll use it in conjunction with EN 16247-1, as with all the documents we’re reviewing today.

EN 16247-3, Energy audits. Processes

You’ll be using this part of the EN 16247 series when energy is used for industrial processes.  The standard provides you with a way of organizing and conducting the audit, analyzing the data, and reporting and documenting the audit findings.

EN 16247-4, Energy audits. Transport

Again, the new standard is to be used in conjunction with EN 16247-1.  It applies to all modes of transportation, like road, rail, sea and aviation.  Range (distance) and cargo (goods and/or people) do not affect the audit.

Part 4 again provides the requirements, methodology and deliverables for energy auditing.  It addresses optimization of energy for each mode of transport and the selection of the best method for transportation in general.  It is strictly used for the mode of transport itself — there’s no upstream requirements regarding how the energy for the transport is generated, etc.

You should note that the energy audit for components of a specific form of transport may end up being covered by one of the other parts.  For example, an airport would also be covered by both part 2 (buildings) and part 3 (processes like the elevators, escalators, and baggage movers).

If you’re looking for guidance or for compliance through certification, you’ll need copies of the applicable documents.  You can get them at the Document Center Inc. webstore, www.document-center.com.  Or you can contact our staff by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7600), or email (info@document-center.com).  Make Document Center your Standards Experts!

New AAMI TIR56 – Medical Device Sterilization

July 10th, 2014

There’s a lot of activity right now for the sterilization of medical devices and we’re starting off our reviews of these publications with the AAMI TIR56.  This new release, “Guidance for the development, validation and routine control of an ethylene oxide sterilization process utilizing flexible bag systems for the sterilization of medical devices,” is a first edition.  It provides a methodology for ethylene oxide sterilization that differs from the ISO 11135 (new edition just released as well).

This new AAMI guidance document is a response to the July 2014 update of the ISO 11135.  That’s because the new ISO edition does not cover sterilization by injecting EO directly into individual product packages or a flexible chamber.  So the TIR56 (Technical Information Report) provides immediate guidance while specific issues continue to be worked out at the international level.

Methods in the new TIR56 use processes based only on gas injection by weight, variable, or diminishing ethylene oxide (EO) concentrations.  These concentrations are measured in the atmosphere external to the package but internal to the flexible bag sterilization system that’s part of the design of the method.

You’ll also find that the approaches to validation, routine monitoring, and control of cycles may differ significantly from the ISO 11135 as well.  A number of special equipment designs used to remove EO from the flexible sterilization bag are also different from the ISO standard.   This means that there’s also a different set of ways to identify worst-case aeration processes and subsequent validation.

Another difference is that for some process designs, the effectiveness of the sterilization is based on storage conditions and time.  Or sterilization provided during the storage period within the sterilization/aeration cabinets may also act simultaneously in providing the aeration method.

The introduction notes that there are still some open issues in the use of EO sterilization in flexible packaging.  One centers on the safety in the workplace issues surrounding the use of EO.  You’ll have to look to other resources to address this problem.  Another deals with the lack of documentation on the efficacy or repeatability of EO use in this application.  The committee that developed the TIR expects that as the process is used, more information on this topic will be generated.

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New IEEE 802 2014 Edition updates LAN Standard

July 9th, 2014

The IEEE 802 and it’s series of companion standards are the basis for all local area networks (LANs), as well as metropolitan area networks (MANs).  As the overview document, IEEE 802 provides the foundation for the use of the many documents in the series.  The new 2014 Edition, titled “IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks: Overview and Architecture,” is the first major re-write of the standard since 2001.  It not only replaces the previous edition, but also IEEE 802a and IEEE 802b, two amending documents for the IEEE 802.

In the new revision, you’ll find new information about physical layer addressing and universal addressing.  There’s information about the IEEE Registration Authority (RA) as well.  And the document has been extensively rewritten to update the information on protocol identification using the EtherType.

The referenced documents section has also been updated to reflect the cancellation of some of the series documents.  This includes IEEE 802.5 and IEEE 802.2.  Another change is the addition of wireless standards.  Your Annex D provides you with a complete list of the IEEE 802 series itself, so you can easily see what current standards address the wide variety of interfaces, security issues, and types of networks used by LANs and MANs.

You’ll also be pleased to know that there’s a new Annex B with specific reference models for the IEEE 802 standards.  This section goes through a variety of standards in the series, providing you with basic information on both the data link layer and the physical layer, as well as distribution system models, etc., as appropriate.  You’ll also find a new Annex C in this edition, which gives you examples of bit ordering for addresses.

Networking has undergone significant changes since 2001.  This new edition of the IEEE 802 provides an overview that takes these many changes into account.  You’ll want a copy, and you can purchase your authorized edition from Document Center Inc.  Go to our webstore at www.document-center.com.  You’ll be able to order the document in paper format or for pdf download.  It comes with our superior notification service, so you’ll always be updated when the document is modified or revised.

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