MIL-STD-705 D Released for Generator Tests

MIL-STD-705, “Mobile Electric Power Systems,” has just been updated.  The new Revision D is available now from Document Center Inc. in either paper format or for pdf download.  This edition does have a new title.  The previous Revision C (now obsolete) was called “Generator Sets, Engine Driven, Methods of Test and Instructions.”

You should also note that MIL-STD-705 has a companion handbook, MIL-HDBK-705 (Revision C with Validation Notice 1).  Some of the handbook’s test methods have been combined into the new 652-page MIL-STD-705 D.  So you’ll find the Handbooks’s Methods 101.1 through 222.1 in the new Revision D.  Other methods from the MIL-HDBK-705 are still valid and currently unchanged.

What does the new MIL-STD-705 D include?  As a test method standard, it is a compilation of all the tests for mobile electric generators.  The tests are divided into 8 series of specific method classifications.  They establish a uniform way to set up and perform the tests necessary to ensure a “Mobile Electric Power System” (MPES) meets U.S. military requirements.  The standard can be called out in U.S. government (DoD) contracts and is enforceable.

In addition to the various test methods, the standard provides general information at the beginning of the document.  This includes terms and definitions, referenced documents, and other generalized information needed to correctly carry out any of the test methods of the standard.

Every one of the test methods from the older MIL-STD-705 C have been updated (with the exclusion of Method 6.3).  The revisions include corrections, new test equipment, test instruments and of course, test procedures themselves.  And a new series of test methods have also been added.  With such an extensive list of updates, there are no lines in the margins to point out the changes.  You’ll need to review each test that you currently use to look for revisions.

When it comes to getting a copy of the new document, you have a number of choices.  Many folks use Document Center Inc. to get Mil Specs and Standards because of our best-in-class notification service.  For the nominal purchase price, you not only get the document you need in the format you want but also email notifications in the future when the publication changes in any way.  Just search for and order standards at our webstore,  And here is a direct link to the order page for the MIL-STD-705 for your convenience.

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IPC 1782 – Supply Chain Traceability

IPC 1782, “Standard for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Traceability of Electronic Products,” has just been released.  This new standard will help you track where your electronic components come from.  It is available from Document Center Inc. now.

Concerns over counterfeit and non-compliance parts has grown in recent years.  Because of this, there is a need to be able to trace where electronic parts used in your products come from.  This allows you to prove that components meet the contractual and safety requirements necessary to reduce risks associated with unproven parts.

IPC has developed the IPC 1782 to help you reduce the unnecessary overhead involved in this task by creating a uniform component traceability standard.  The publication establishes minimum requirements for manufacturing and supply chain traceability.  The level of risk tolerated is embedded in the agreement between the user and the supplier.

Who should be using the IPC 1782?  It is directed to suppliers, manufacturers and users of printed board assemblies and mechanical assemblies.

What’s covered in the IPC 1782?  The standard can be used for all products, processes, assemblies, parts, components, equipment and other items as any user, manufacturer or user defines.

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IEC 61636

IEC 61636, “Software Interface for Maintenance Information Collection and Analysis (SIMICA),” has just been released.  The new 2016 software standard is a joint publication of IEC and IEEE.  It is co-numbered IEEE 1636, reflecting the fact that the IEC 61636 is actually an adoption of the IEEE 1636 from 2013.  It is available from Document Center Inc. in either paper format or for pdf download.

The IEC 61636 addresses the issue of interfaces to information systems that contain diagnosis and maintenance information for complex systems.  These systems may be hardware, software, or a combination of both.  The standard should be used to create API’s (application programming interfaces) to be used for access, exchange and analysis of this type of data.  Using the model proposed by this standard will allow for open system software to be utilized.

Organizations like your need to assess the effectiveness of diagnostics for these types of complex systems throughout the product life cycle.  Additionally, you may need to monitor your equipment if it is used in a customer’s facility.  Using an open system platform like this should make it easier for your organization to create value from maintenance information and to monitor equipment in remote locations.

Two other IEC adoptions of IEEE 1636 standards have also been released at this time.  The first is the IEC 61636-1, “Software interface for maintenance information collection and analysis (SIMICA): Exchanging test results and session information via the extensible markup language (XML).”  This is the adoption of IEEE 61636.1.  The second is the IEC 61636-99, “Software Interface for Maintenance Information Collection and Analysis (SIMICA): Common Information Elements.”  This is the adoption of IEEE 1636.99.

These two parts provide the user with detailed information on the XML markup schemes and EXPRESS information models to use to implement these interfaces.  They will be used by programmers to actually implement the SIMICA interface.

Of course, you’ll need copies if you need to understand this interface scheme or are involved with implementation.  IEC specifically requests that you use an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc. for your standards purchases.  You can search for and order both IEC and IEEE standards at our webstore,  Here is a direct link to the order page for IEC 61636 for your convenience.  Please note:  we are also an authorized distributor for IEEE as well.

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EN 16872 Homeopathic MD Qualifications

EN 16872, “Services of Medical Doctors with additional qualification in Homeopathy (MDQH). Requirements for health care provision by Medical Doctors with additional qualification in Homeopathy,” has been released.  This new standard joins other healthcare facilities standards developed within the European Union.  It is available now from Document Center Inc.

EN 16872 provides requirements for the additional qualifications that Medical Doctors must have to be able to practice homeopathic medicine in Europe.  It also provides requirements for the minimum requirements for specification of their services.

Please note: This EN is not for services provided by persons who are not medical doctors.  It also is not for the preparation of homeopathic medicines, or for the methodology and practice of homeopathic research.

EN 16872 represents a great deal of work by the European Committee for Homeopathy.  This group, based in Belgium, is comprised of 40 associations in 25 European countries.  The organization has the following mandate:

  • To promote the scientific development of homeopathy
  • To ensure high standards in the education, training and practice of homeopathy by medical doctors
  • To harmonize professional standards in homeopathic practice across Europe
  • To provide high-quality homeopathic care in a medical context
  • To integrate high-quality homeopathy into European healthcare

As you can see, the EN 16872 is a direct result of the third item on this list.

For those of you interested in complementary and alternative medicine, the EN 16872 represents a move forward in setting professional standards for this approach.  You’ll want to get a copy and you can order it now at Document Center’s webstore,  Here is a direct link to the order page for the British English-language BS EN 16872 for your convenience.

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ISO/IEC 19592-1 – Sharing Secrets!

ISO/IEC 19592-1, “Information technology – Security techniques – Secret sharing – Part 1: General,” has just been released.  This is a new IT security standard, the first of two standards on the subject.  The second is still in draft format and will be titled “Information technology — Security techniques — Secret Sharing — Part 2: Fundamental mechanisms” when it is released.

The trouble with secrets is that they are hard to keep.  With data, this is an especially thorny problem.  So the concept of “secret sharing” is to protect the information by dividing it into a number of pieces.  Such a scheme will have 2 main parts — The message sharing algorithm and the message reconstruction algorithm.  The first divides the message into “shares” (the pieces of the complete message).  The second allows the message to be put back together again.

What are some of the uses of “secret sharing”?  It’s used to store data in distributed systems.  And of course it is used during transmission.  It is also a fundamental technology for secure multi-party computation, used to protect data when it’s being processed in distributed systems.

What does the ISO/IEC 19592-1 cover?  The ISO/IEC 19592 series specifies secret sharing and related technologies.  The Part 1 defines the parties that are involved in such a scheme, the terminology to be used, and the parameters and properties of such a scheme.  This includes information on the general model of secret sharing.

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New Food Safety Standards

The FDA has recently released new food safety standards.  So since it’s Thanksgiving, I thought we’d take a look at them today!  Since all FDA regulations are in response to legislation, the new standards support the Food Safety Modernization Act.  It is part of the effort to create a unified foundation for all regulatory agencies that provide oversight of food manufacturing plants.

There are 10 new Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards.   The 2016 Editions replace the original releases from 2007.  These standards have requirements meant to reduce foodborne illness and injury.  Like many quality management systems, the standards focus on training, inspection, preparedness and response, record-keeping and investigations, laboratory resources, and program assessment.  The program standards are a tool to promote continuous improvement in manufactured food safety.

These new food safety standards are intended to be used not only by the FDA, but by various other jurisdictions here in the U.S.  43 states are currently enrolled in the program.  So the standards will not only be reviewed by industry, but also by federal and state agencies.  These standards will help folks improve regulatory activities for reducing foodborne illness hazards in plants that manufacture, process, pack or hold foods.

Here is a list of the 10 new food safety standards:

  • Standard 1 – Regulatory Foundation
  • Standard 2 – Training Program
  • Standard 3 – Inspection Program
  • Standard 4 – Inspection Audit Program
  • Standard 5 – Food-related Illness and Outbreaks and Response
  • Standard 6 – Compliance and Enforcement Program
  • Standard 7 – Industry and Community Relations
  • Standard 8 – Program Resources
  • Standard 9 – Program Assessment
  • Standard 10 – Laboratory Services

You can get a copy of the new Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards here.  We also have the publication here at Document Center Inc.  You are welcome to search for and order standards and other regulatory publications at our webstore,

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Medical Device Reporting

FDA Guidance on Medical Device Reporting for Manufacturers has been updated.  The Guidance was originally issued in 1997.  This recent 2016 Edition provides manufacturers with insight into the 21 CFR Part 803 regulation’s requirements.  It is organized as a series of questions and answers.

Medical Device Reporting (MDR) is the methodology for identifying and monitoring adverse events like deaths and serious injuries.  Certain malfunctions of medical devices will also fall into this category.  Not only are manufacturers required to keep such records, but so are facilities where medical devices are in use (like hospitals, nursing homes, and so on).

What are the MDR requirements of Part 803?  This part of the FDA regulations requires submission of “MDR” reports by manufacturers (including non-U.S. companies).  This means such manufacturers will have to develop, maintain, and implement written procedures for identifying and evaluating MDR events.  It also means that records must be kept for all complaints regarding possible MDR applicable situations.

With this type of regulation, there can sometimes be a lack of clarity in the types of events that should or should not be reported.  So this FDA guidance document is really helpful.  It walks through the various questions that can arise from the implementation requirements of the applicable sections associated with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.  So you will have a chance to see what types of issues can be brought up.  And you will see the usual way that the FDA handles each one.

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ANSI C84.1 2016

ANSI C84.1 has just been updated.  This standard is titled “American National Standard for Electric Power Systems and Equipment – Voltage Ratings (60 Hz).”  The new 2016 Edition replaces the previous revisions, including the 2011 Edition.  This standard establishes nominal voltage ratings and operating tolerances for 60Hz electric power systems above 100V.

ANSI C84.1 is one of the more popular NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) standards.  Products that meet the requirements for this standard are designed to provide acceptable operation in those voltage ranges.  There are also requirements for preferred voltage ratings up to 1200kV maximum system voltage.

What is new in the 2016 Edition of ANSI C84.1?  A 690/400V category has been added to the Low Voltage Class in table 1.   Also, a paragraph discussing conservation voltage reduction has been added to Annex B.

Why is the standard known as ANSI C84.1 when it is published by NEMA?  The standard is ANSI-approved.  So NEMA has numbered it using the ANSI designation for many years.  They continue with this convention up to this day.

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ISO/TR 18196 – Measuring Nano-Objects

ISO/TR 18196, “Nanotechnologies – Measurement technique matrix for the characterization of nano-objects,” has just been released.  This new 66 page technical report is a useful tool for identifying the relevant information for measuring nano-objects.  It connects the nano-object parameters you’ll want to measure with the corresponding measurement technique(s).

How does the ISO/TR 18196 do this?  There’s a Quick-Use-Matrix (Table 1) with common nano-object parameters listed at the top.  The various measurement techniques are listed down the left hand column.  When a parameter can be measured using a particular technique, the box in the appropriate row/column is checked.

However, just figuring out which techniques can work for the parameter you want to measure is not enough.  So the technical report then reviews each technique in detail so you can understand the concepts each measurement represents.  Also discussed are advantages, limitations, relevant standards and so on.  Since there are 36 techniques reviewed in this report, it’s a substancial amount of information.

Annex A addresses separation and prepration issues.  It is informative only, but describes methods that can be used with a variety of nano-measurement techniques.  These include focused ion beam, size exclusion chromatography, and ultrafiltration.  A 114-item bibliography completes the report.

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ASTM F3184 – Stainless Steel for Additive Manufacturing

ASTM F3184, “Standard Specification for Additive Manufacturing Stainless Steel Alloy (UNS S31603) with Powder Bed Fusion,” has just been released.  This new standard provides information on the additive manufacturing of UNS S31603 stainless steel components.  These components are made using laser and electron beam-based full melt powder bed fusion.

Additive manufacturing is gaining acceptance quickly.  I was at the San Jose Art Museum last month and was impressed by ceramic and glass sculptures made using this process.  However, in order to achieve comparable components using the new technology, careful use of materials and processes are essential.

Components addressed in this standard will have mechanical properties similar to machined forgings and wrought products.  They may be post processing using machining, grinding, electrical discharge maching, polishing and so on in order to get the correct finish and dimensions.  But please note:  items intended for surgical implants are not covered.

Who should be using ASTM F3184?  It is intended for both purchasers and for producers of these products.  The specification will be the basis for procuring components meeting minimum acceptance requirements.  So issues like condition, manufacturing plan, ordering information, chemical requirements and the like are covered by the standard.  Supplementary requirements allow for additional, more stringent, items that can be added to a purchase order.

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