New AS 6174 Revision A – Counterfeit Material

July 30th, 2014

Well, it’s been a big month for standards on spotting and eliminating counterfeit material and components from the supply chain, and yep!  Here’s another one!  AS 6174, “Counterfeit Materiel; Assuring Acquisition of Authentic and Conforming Materiel,” has just been revised.  The new Revision A is available from Document Center Inc. in both paper format and for pdf download.  It cancels and replaces the original release from 2013.

This Aerospace Standard provides you with a methodology to maximize the availability of authentic material, including procuring material from reliable sources.  It discusses methods like certification, traceability, testing and inspection which assure authenticity and conformance of material in your supply chain.   It shows you how to control material that you’ve identified as fraudulent or counterfeit.  And it provides guidance on how to report such material to other users and to the authorities.

The new Revision A has been generated because a significant error in the standard’s material traceability requirement was discovered.  This edition corrects that problem by updating sections 3.1.2.c, 3.1.2.f, and 3.1.6.  It also establishes precedence and provision for use of slash sheet documents.

If you need a copy of this new AS 6174 A, you can order your copy at Document Center’s webstore, www.document-center.com.  Or contact our staff by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com).  If you’ve had difficulties in the past with downloading the authorized copies of SAE standards like this one, you’ll be pleased to know that the DRM plugin from FileOpen is no longer being used.  So if you need a pdf copy, you’ll be able to purchase and use it easily.

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New IEC/TS 62668 Parts 1 and 2 – Counterfeit Prevention

July 29th, 2014

Preventing the introduction of counterfeit components into the supply chain is an important issue for the avionics industry.  Supporting this effort, the IEC/TS 62668 series provides the technical specifications needed.  And the basic precepts of the documents can be used in other industries as well.  This month the IEC/TS 62668-1 2nd Edition has been released and IEC/TS 62668-2 1st Edition has been issued.  We’ll review them one at a time.

IEC/TS 62668-1, Edition 2.0, Process management for avionics – Counterfeit prevention – Part 1: Avoiding the use of counterfeit, fraudulent and recycled electronic components

If you’re in the aerospace, defense or high performance industries, you’ll use this part of the series for defining the requirements necessary for avoiding the use of counterfeits.  It provides requirements for protecting intellectual property (IP), which can be compromised by fraudulent products and services.

Areas covered by the standard include an overview of counterfeiting and the issues raised by the introduction of counterfeits and fraudulent parts into the supply chain.  It provides best practices guidance, as well as information on the various certification schemes developed to provide confidence in purchasing processes.  The Annexes are particularly helpful, covering contacts from industry and government, examples of aftermarket sources, an example of a RECS (Reliable Electronic Component Suppler) certificate, and a flowchart of the specification’s requirements.

Of course, this 2nd Edition cancels and replaces the first edition from 2012.  It is a technical revision.  Changes include updating the concepts of fraudulent component, recycled component and suspect components.   Counterfeit awareness training has been added as a requirement and the Annexes have been updated with new information for references and web links.

IEC/TS 62668-2, Edition 1.0, Process management for avionics – Counterfeit prevention – Part 2: Managing electronic components from non-franchised sources

This companion specification has been released with requirements when components are purchased outside of the usual franchised distributor network.  It notes that it is preferable to go through trusted channels when purchasing components, but offers guidance when that is not possible.

Of course, the goal is to use an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) that meets the requirements of IEC/TS 62668-1 above.  However, verification to insure protection against the risks associated with purchasing from non-trusted suppliers is essential.

The specification provides you with an overview of the risks involved, and the process used (derogation) when purchasing through the usual channels is not possible.  The Annexes provide you with the IEC/TS 62668-1 flowchart, an example of a detailed tests list (linked with procurement risks levels) and iNEMI counterfeit calculator tools.  The bibliography contains over 2 pages of references for further review.

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Amendments update ISO 11607 series

July 28th, 2014

The ISO 11607 series, “Packaging for Terminally Sterilized Medical Devices,” has just been updated with the release of amendments for each of the 2 parts.  You’ll need the new updates in order to keep your copies of the standards current.  Let’s review each amendment separately:

ISO 11607-1, 1st Edition, AMENDMENT 1, Part 1: Requirements for materials, sterile barrier systems and packaging systems, Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices

This is the lengthier amendment, a total of sixteen pages in all.  It includes two pages of pen and ink changes that you’ll need to make to your original copy of the 2006 edition.  Next the list of test methods given in Annex B Clause 2 (B.2) is replaced by a brand new Table B.1, Test Methods and Their Status.  This new table is seven and a half pages in length!  Lastly, extensive changes are made to the bibliography.   This new amendment will keep you busy making changes and analyzing the impact.

ISO 11607-2, 1st Edition, AMENDMENT 1, Part 2: Validation requirements for forming, sealing and assembly processes, Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices

This amendment is going to be a little easier for those of you using the document.  It primarily focuses on updating the bibliography.  This means you’ll be reviewing your referenced documentation to make sure you’re using the correct editions of a number of standards.  And you’ll also want to pay attention to the changes that have been made to the language in Clauses 4.1.3 and 5.3.2.

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New ISO 16678 for detecting counterfeits

July 25th, 2014

Identifying and removing counterfeit and fraudulent components and goods from the supply chain is a top priority of a wide variety of organizations.  The use of inspectors and automated systems is one response to the problem.  However, since the issue is global in scope, co-ordination at the highest levels is required.  So the publication of ISO 16678, “Guidelines for interoperable object identification and related authentication systems to deter counterfeiting and illicit trade,” is a welcome development.  It provides guidance on the principles for developing effective identification and authentication systems.

There are six major sections in this new release:

  • The scope confirms that this is a guidance document and contains no requirements.
  • Next the usual definitions section is presented, to help you understand the context of the various terms.
  • An overview provides you with the details of how object information systems can be used to detect counterfeits.
  • A key principles section covers the concepts and values behind the development of this standard.
  • Then recommendations for improving the interoperability of systems used to provide object information to inspectors are covered.
  • Lastly, three informative Annexes cover digital certification (for inspectors), master data management and examples of implementation.

The bibliography at the end of the standard provides you with 22 additional resources, referencing both standards and other publications.

The goal of this new issue?  To improve the trustworthiness of the logistics system that supports the movement of authenticated goods around the world.  The desired result?  Greater detection and deterrence of fraud.  The challenge?  To create a system that identifies “spoofing,” or the attempt to counterfeit the identification system itself!

If you’re involved in logistics and want to understand how to implement information systems to improve your ability to reduce the introduction of counterfeit parts into your supply chain, the ISO 16678 is for you.  You can get your copy in either paper format or for pdf download at the Document Center Inc. webstore, www.document-center.com.  Or feel free to contact our staff by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com).  We’ve been supplying standards to our customers since 1982.  Make us your Standards Experts!

New EN 16495 – Air Traffic Management

July 24th, 2014

Air traffic safety has been at the center of our attention for much of this year.  And one important aspect of air safety is the use of computerized management systems for control and navigation.  Now the European Union has issued a new standard on this subject, EN 16495.  It’s titled “Air Traffic Management. Information security for organizations supporting civil aviation operations.”  And it addresses one of the emerging issues in all highly automated systems — Security.

This new European Standard was issued to provide users with guidance and general principles for implementing an information security management system.  It can be used by any organization that supports civil aviation operations, particularly in Europe.  Of course, this excludes such aspects of air travel as the retail outlets and service facilities at airports and so on.

It is becoming increasingly clear that air traffic management is a critical responsibility of a network of players in this space.  So the new standard is useful for airlines and other air carriers, airports, and navigation service providers.  Since a security failure can negatively impact the entire system, it’s essential to develop security systems that can work throughout the aviation chain.  Certainly, the Europeans are working towards increased cooperation and trust for improved management of air traffic.

If you need a copy of this new EN Standard, you have a couple of options.  You can purchase the BS EN 16495 Edition in paper format.  Or you can buy the DIN EN 16495 Edition in paper format or for pdf download.  Both copies have identical legal status, so it’s up to you which edition you prefer.  Just go to the Document Center webstore at www.document-center.com.  You’ll be able to search for and order from a catalog of over 450,000 unique titles.

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New ASTM A370 2014 Edition – Testing Steel Products

July 23rd, 2014

The ASTM A370, “Standard Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products,” has just been revised and the new 2014 Edition is available from Document Center Inc.  The 50-page test method standard covers testing of steel, stainless steel and related alloys.  You’ll use these tests to determine the properties required by your product specifications.

Mechanical tests cover tension, bend, hardness, and impact.  An additional 10 Annexes cover bar products, tubular products, fasteners, round wire products, notched-bar impact tests, conversion of percentage elongation for round specimens to flat ones, multi-wire strands, rounding your test data, steel reinforcing bars, and heat-cycle simulation.

The last revision of this document was released in 2013.  Changes from this previous (now obsolete) edition are found in the revised section 19.1, additional information in Note 7, revisions to the hardness test location in annex A3.3.1, and a correction to Table A5.1.  You’ll find the detailed information on page 50 of the new release.

You have several purchasing options that can be of benefit to your organization.  Certainly, when ASTM standards are revised (not reaffirmed), redline editions are made available.  This service provides you with a clean copy of the new edition and a “marked-up” copy of the previous one.  This means that it’s easy to review the two documents and spot the changes.

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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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