ISO 9296 on Noise Emissions updated

ISO 9296 for noise emissions has just been updated.  It’s titled Acoustics – Declared noise emission values of information technology and telecommunications equipment.  This 24-page 2nd Edition replaces the 1st Edition from 1988.  It is a technical update so if you use this standard, you need to purchase the new revision.  It’s available now from Document Center Inc.

Acoustical noise emission from IT and Telecommunications equipment does take place.  Measurements of these emissions is required for a number of purposes, including workplace considerations.  So gathering and reporting this information needs to be done according to consistent and pre-defined criteria.  ISO 9296 provides users with information on determining specified sound values for a batch of equipment, how the resulting information should be published, and the method for verifying noise emission values.

ISO 9296 2017 begins with the usual scope, referenced documents and terms and definitions sections.  Please note that definitions are divided into sections for general, acoustical and statistical terms.  Section 4 covers conformity requirements for both declarations and verification.  Section 5 reviews how to determine the various noise emission values you’ll need to declare.

In Section 6, the standard moves on to the presentation of the declared noise emission values themselves.  Verification is covered in Section 7.  Annex A is normative (must be followed).  It provides you with the procedure for determining the “statistical adder for verification Kv.”  Annexes B and C are both informative only.  Annex B is examples of noise emission declarations and C reviews the character of noise.  A new 10-item Bibliography has been added to complete the document.

In addition to the Bibliography, the Annex A is also new in this edition.  And certain referenced documents have been moved to the Bibliography.  Other technical changes have been made but are not clarified in the forwarding information.

Correct calculation and reporting of noise emissions may be important to your business.  If so, you need to get the new 2nd Edition now.  It’s available from the Document Center Inc. webstore,   We’re an authorized dealer of the ISO standards. Here is a direct link to the order page for the ISO 9296 for your convenience.

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MIL-PRF-44073 for Food Packages Updated

MIL-PRF-44073 has just been updated.  The new Revision H is available now from Document Center Inc. in both paper format and pdf download.  The title of the specification is Packaging of Food in Flexible Pouches.  It was previously numbered MIL-P-44073.

The new edition of this military document is 26 pages in length.  It is a performance spec, giving you the parameters for the flexible pouches used to package food.  These pouches may be provided individually or packaged into sleeves.  They are divided into 2 major types: institutional sizes and individual packets.  The use of styles sets up additional subsets within these classifications.

The new Revision H is a major update, so lines in the margins are not provided to help you spot the changes.  However, you will notice that sections with modifications are actually highlighted by the use of colors (red and blue).  So comparison of the previous Revision G and the new one should be easier than you might at first expect.

One improvement is the use of an Appendix to provide additional guidance for section 3 on Requirements.  This is a mandatory section that includes the figures that were previously at the end of the document.  A new figure for sleeve design is also included.

If you provide food or packaging for food to the DoD (and other commercial applications), you’ll want a copy of this new update.  Document Center Inc. has been selling mil specs and standards since 1982, so you’ll find many current and obsolete editions for sale at our webstore,  Here is a direct link to the order page for MIL-PRF-44073 for your convenience.

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ISO 11554 on Laser Power Test Methods Updated

ISO 11554, an essential last test method standard, has just been updated.  The title is Optics and photonics – Lasers and laser-related equipment – Test methods for laser beam power, energy and temporal characteristics.  The new 26-page 4th Edition is available from Document Center Inc.

The updated ISO 11554 cancels and replaces the previous 3rd Edition.  It is considered to be a technical update.  I will review the list of changes at the end of this review.

The standard provides users and manufacturers of lasers with guidance on performing laser power (energy) measurement tests. These measurements are used to assign laser safety classifications, stability and maximum output specifications, specific application requirements, and so on.  Information on pulse measurements is also included.  A report template is part of the document.

ISO 11554 begins with the usual scope, referenced documents and definitions sections.  There is also a section on symbols and units of measurement. Then the standard reviews relevant measurement principles.  Section 6 covers measurement configuration, test equipment and other required devices.  Section 7 is on the measurements themselves, with Section 8 showing you how to evaluate your results.  As previously noted, Section 9 covers the test report.  And an Annex A is on RIN (relative intensity noise).  A 6-item bibliography completes the document.

As for the updates in this new Edition, they primarily have to do with RIN, it’s measurements, and definition.  Changes can be found in subclause 3.1, clause 4 note 3,  figure 3, subclause 7.9, 7.10, 8.9, 8.10, and clause 9.  Equation numbers were also renumbered.

As a side note, the ISO 11554 has been adopted by the EU as EN ISO 11554.  It is likely the adoption will be updated with the new ISO edition relatively quickly.

Those of you working with lasers will want to get this new edition.  Head to the Document Center Inc. webstore at to purchase your authorized copy.  Here is a direct link to the order page for ISO 11554 for your convenience.  Should you prefer cloud access to this and other ISO standards for your company, ask us about our Standards Online subscription service.  We can be reached by phone (650-591-7600) or by email ( for more information.

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ISO/TR 27915 – Capturing greenhouse gases

ISO/TR 27915 on capturing and storing greenhouse gases (CO2 in particular) has just been released.  This new Technical Report is a reference document for future standards development.  It’s titled Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage – Quantification and verification.  You can get your copy now from Document Center Inc., an authorized dealer of the ISO standards.

Canada proposed the development of ISO’s Technical Committee TC 265 back in 2011.  This group is working on activities surrounding the capture, transport and storage of greenhouse gases.  The development of this technical report can be considered the baseline review of the current state-of-the-art for quantification and verification.

The committee has previously issued two other standards.  They are the ISO/TR 27912, Carbon dioxide capture – Carbon dioxide capture systems, technologies and processes, and the ISO 27913, Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage – Pipeline transportation systems.  Seven additional standards in the 279XX series are currently in the works.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) then ranks as an essential technology in the race to reduce greenhouse gases.  The issue of qualification and verification (Q&V) is a primary concern of the committee.  And it is essential to providing transparency and accuracy for meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement as well.

The 76-page ISO/TR 27915 begins with the usual scope, referenced documents, and definitions sections.  It then moves directly into the relevant principles, including accuracy of measurement, fungibility of emission reductions, and stakeholder issues.  Next it addresses defining the CCS system and it’s boundaries.  Section 6 is a review of quantification methodologies.  That’s followed by measurement and monitoring, so important in any rigorous system.

Section 8 covers additional environmental impacts of CCS.  Then Section 9 takes a look at data management, reporting and verification.  The document ends with a last Section 10 on conclusions and an extensive 94-item bibliography.  As noted, you’ll find this to be a thorough review of the relevant issues for dealing with the practicalities of greenhouse gas reduction activities.

If you’re working on a plan to reduce your carbon footprint, you’ll want a copy of this new ISO technical report.  You can search for and order all ISO standards at the Document Center Inc. webstore,  Here is a direct link to the order page for the ISO/TR 27915 for your convenience.

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IPC-A-640 Acceptance Requirements for IPC-D-640 Optical Fiber Assemblies

IPC-A-640 has just been released.  This new standard is a companion to the IPC-D-640 on optical fiber, cable and wiring.  The title of the new publication is Acceptance Requirements for Optical Fiber, Optical Cable, and Hybrid Wiring Harness Assemblies.  You’ll use it for cable and wire harness assemblies incorporating optical fiber, optical cable and hybrid wiring technology.  It’s available from Document Center Inc. now in pdf format.

IPC-D-640, Design and Critical Process Requirements for Optical Fiber, Optical Cable and Hybrid Wiring, was released last year.  It’s intended for use by design engineers, manufacturing engineers, and quality engineers.  The 100-page document covers all aspect of design for what’s termed “FOCS,” fiber optic cable systems.  This ranges from design philosophy to choice of materials, assembly, installation, cleaning, documentation, and tailoring.  Appendices provide you with additional information about military applications, verification test methods, and a verification and validation matrix.

The new sister publication, IPC-A-640, has the same basic structure as the IPC-D-640.  It is also intended for the same audience.  However, the standard provides you with detailed acceptance requirements as well as technical insights.  So this is where you’ll find the specifics for each section of the IPC-D-640.

There are extensive color illustrations provided. You’ll be able to see examples of both correct and non-compliant variations for specific component parts.  And you’ll also receive an excel spreadsheet with a verification and validation checklist.

IPC has been moving away from CD Rom distribution in recent years.  Normally new IPC standards are available in both paper and non-printing PDF format.  Sites (and global) licenses can also be purchased.  At this time, only the PDF format and site license are available for this new publication.  Order them from the Document Center Inc. webstore,  Here are direct links to the order page for IPC-A-640 single user PDF, the IPC-D-640 paper format, and the IPC-D-640 PDF. Document Center Inc. is an authorized dealer for the IPC standards.

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AAMI TIR59 helps you meet FDA Part 820 requirements!

AAMI TIR59 has just been released.  It’s titled Integrating human factors into design controls.  It has been developed to provide information on integrating human factors engineering/usability engineering (HFE/UE) into the design controls process for medical devices.  It directly addresses the FDA requirements in 21 CFR Section 820.30 for design controls.  This technical information report can assist you in creating consistent and aligned processes throughout your product development cycle.

Two important things to note about the AAMI TIR59.  First, it proposes a methodology that can be integrated into existing processes.  Secondly, it includes information on risk management implications at the end of  each clause.  And as a technical information report, the document provides recommendations only.  Other solutions are entirely possible.

Additionally, IEC 62366-1 (ANSI/AAMI/IEC 62366-1:2015) mandates a Usability Engineering File.  So the AAMI TIR59 also focuses on activities that overlap both sets of requirements.

The standard begins with the usual scope and definitions sections.  Acronyms are also given a section as well.  Next, the report reviews the integration of HFE/UE with existing design controls.  Pre-design controls are also discussed.

With Section 6, clauses of the 21 CFR 820.30 are each identified and reviewed with suggestions for compliance.  These TIR59 sections include the FDA 820.30(a) through 820.30(j).  The final section of the publication is on post-market surveillance.  Annex A is informative, and gives you specific suggestions for your HFE/UE report.  These are on development, organization and content, and other considerations.  A 14-item bibliography completes the document.

I find it reassuring that the human element (users) of medical device design is now getting additional attention.  I have met folks whose devices contain a high degree of interactivity.  They can be challenged by tasks that may seem simple for the device manufacturer but present problems when the user has deviations from a routine.  I’m sure there are many other examples of issues that have occurred as our concepts of what medical devices are and do have expanded.

To get your copy of this AAMI technical information report, head to the Document Center Inc. webstore at  Document Center is an authorized distributor of the AAMI standards and provides free update notification as part of your standards purchase.  Here is a direct link to the order page for AAMI TIR59 for your convenience.

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BS EN Standards and Brexit

Before I headed off to a week’s worth of U.S. and International standards meetings in Chicago earlier this month, I spoke with one of our Document Center customers.  What question came up yet again?  What’s the status with BS EN Standards and Brexit!  This was one of my top questions for my friends from the U.K. and Europe and I expected a definitive answer.  But no!  The way forward is still murky.

As expected, the official BSI (British Standards Institute) position has been that continued involvement with CEN and CENELEC is not in question.  However, there are some increasing concerns on the horizon.  These concerns will not make themselves evident until the shape of the political solution becomes more clear.

Here is the problem.  The rules of CEN and CENELEC have certain requirements for National Standards Bodies (NSBs), one of which differs slightly in the three official national language editions of the rules.  BSI has been reading this rule to mean that they could continue to the the U.K. National Standards Body (NSB) even without membership in either the EU or the Efta/EEA (the trade focused auxillary body that allows Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to participate).  Now it is starting to look like this will not work.  Revision of the rules may be necessary.  And any change requires a yes vote by 100% of the CEN/CENELEC membership.

This could mean trouble for BSI.   The fallback position would be to move to the adoption of ISO and IEC standards, counting on equivalence to pave the way for smooth trade with the continent.  Meantime, a host of questions immediately come up.  Who would be responsible for the official English language editions of the EN’s?  Would existing copies of the BS EN standards remain valid or be withdrawn?  OK, this could be a major headache for all involved.

Meantime, there are wider issues at hand for the U.K. regarding trade and technical specifications and standards.  To learn more about considerations being reviewed within the U.K., take a look at this interesting paper.  It’s Brexit Paper 14 generated by the Bar Council Brexit Working Group.  you’ll come away with the distinct impression that this has all opened up quite a can of worms!

Here at Document Center Inc., we’ll try to avoid the whiplash that comes with making predictions regarding “soft” and “hard” Brexit.  Even the British themselves will not know how this story ends until a political solution becomes clear.  The fate of BS EN Standards and Brexit itself still remain to be seen!

If you need to purchase EN standards, take a look at the Document Center webstore at  You will find a number of national editions of the various publications.  All are valid for your organization.  Any further questions?  Just get in touch with myself or our staff by phone (650-591-7600) or email (  Thank you.

ANSI Z245.1 2017 Released for Garbage Truck Safety

ANSI Z245.1 has just been updated and the 2017 Edition is available from Document Center Inc. now.  The update is titled Mobile Wastes and Recyclable Materials Collection, Transportation, and Compaction Equipment – Safety Requirements.  This morning was our garbage collection day and I followed our garbage guy down the street as I was heading to work.  I’m probably showing my age, but garbage collection is radically different today than when I was a kid.  As I watched the “arms” of the truck grab my neighbors trash cans (and tip one over I might add), I marveled at the changes in the industry.

But with all the additional equipment now on-board, garbage truck safety has got to be a big concern for both truck manufacturers and waste disposal companies.  Here is where ANSI Z245.1 comes into play.  The document addresses equipment safety requirements for equipment for mobile trash collection, including recyclables.  It revises the previous 2012 Edition, which is now obsolete. You’ll need to use the new edition moving forward.  Old equipment does not need to be retrofitted.  Note: the provision amendment for the 2012 Edition (concerning fall protection) is still in force.  Let us know if you need a copy.

ANSI Z245.1 is appropriate for use by those who manufacture, reconstruct or modify, operate, clean and maintenance, service or repair mobile collecting, transporting, and compacting equipment.  It does not address requirements for equipment used for hazardous or flammable materials.  A wide variety of equipment is covered by the standard.  They range from the usual garbage trucks you see in your neighborhood to trailers used to transport waste from one location to another, to satellite vehicles for receiving and transporting waste.  Those “arms” that I spoke of are also covered by this document.

For those of you who like pictures included in your standards, there are plenty of figures in this one!  For example, Table 8.1 provides you with safety signage requirements.  Columns include a reference number, the specific hazard, where the signage should be placed (location), size, font size, and the ANSI warning label to be used.

With 2.12 billion tons of trash being generated globally each year, you can understand why trash collection equipment, including recycling capabilities, are so important.  At the beginning of the publication, you’ll see the wide range of participation that the National Waste and Recycling Association (the caretaker of this standard) was able to achieve.  It’s clear that the industry is moving quickly to support societal needs with regards to improved collection, recycling and disposal of waste.

To get your copy of the ANSI Z245.1 2017 Edition, please go to the Document Center Inc. web store at  We have worked with ANSI for many years and are an authorized distributor of the Z245 standards.  Here is a direct link to the order page for ANSI Z245.1.

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Oh! And about that tipped can…  It was clear that our garbage collector was in a hurry this morning, since he skipped a couple of houses after his unsuccessful effort to grab the one he toppled.  Standards developers can only do so much, I’m afraid!


IFAN – The Place for Standards Users

Last week in Chicago, I attended my first IFAN meeting.  IFAN is the International Federation of Standards Users.  I am now the U.S. and Canadian representative through my participation in SES (the Society for Standards Professionals).  I found the meeting and the participants to be very interesting and am happy to find myself a part of this organization.  I’d like to tell you more about it and it’s goals.

IFAN was founded in 1974, when 11 national standards organizations met in Paris for an International Conference.  It’s an NGO, now based in Geneva.  Membership is comprised of national standards users groups from various jurisdictions, corporate members, academia, standards experts, and so on.  It is governed by an elected Board of Directors and holds meetings around the world.

IFAN has MOU’s (Memoranda of Understanding) with ISO, IEC, CEN, and CENELEC.  This means that IFAN members can participate in those organization’s general assemblies.  IFAN is also a liaison organization for participation in CASCO, the policy developing committee for conformity assessment.  This group oversees such standards as the ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17030.  Because of these agreements, IFAN members have a chance to directly participate in ISO, IEC, CEN and CENELEC projects of interest to them.

Of course, working at the International level is of great benefit to any person interested in trends in standardization.  And with the access to the folks at the top level of standards development, IFAN members have a chance to influence the direction of standards activities.  IFAN develops positions on subjects that affect standards users around the world.  It is at the table for the development of such strategic activities as the ISO Standards for a Sustainable World plan.

Another feature of IFAN is it’s work in promoting participation for developing and non-developed economies.  The organization is seeing increased participation from a number of locations in Asia and even from Africa.  Involvement for these folks can help them integrate more quickly into the global economy.

Many companies need assistance with their standards understanding and application.  The interaction between standards and regulation is coming into focus as a mood of deregulation sweeps through a number of jurisdictions.  Involvement with IFAN can provide you with a forum for improving your understanding of global standards concerns.  You’ll also learn of developments outside your home country.  And you’ll have a place to voice your requirements and interests at the top level.

I hope you’ll let me know if you have any issues you’d like me to bring to the attention of this group.  And I urge you to consider participation as well!  Just get in touch with me through my company, Document Center Inc.  Emails sent to us at will reach me.  I look forward to hearing from you.

ASTM E1354 Heat and Smoke Testing

ASTM E1354 has just been updated and the 2017 Edition is available from Document Center Inc. now.  The standard is titled Standard Test Method for Heat and Visible Smoke Release Rates for Materials and Products Using an Oxygen Consumption Calorimeter.  It has been frequently updated, making it a great candidate for inclusion in our Standards Online cloud-based enterprise solution.

I attended the SES conference in Chicago last week and one of the most enjoyable things we did is take a tour of UL headquarters.  We put on our safety goggles and watched UL employees do a wide variety of tests.  I really enjoyed seeing the test instruments and the tests themselves, since I only know them by the various documents we sell.  You can bet, there was a lot of smoke, fire, and explosions during the tour!

The ASTM E1354 is just one of the many ASTM standards routinely used for fire testing.  It is specifically designed to determine ignitability, heat release rates, mass loss rates, the effective heat of combustion, and visible smoke development of materials and products.  This is provided by measuring oxygen consumption, the flow rate in the exhaust, mass loss combined with heat release, and the obscuration of light.

Changes in the new 2017 Edition include updates to sub-clauses and  Sub-clause A1.4.1.1 on CO2 analyzer delay time was added to the Annex A1, which is a mandatory part of the standard.  Also, sub-clause 8.1.6 on samples for asymmetrical products was added.

I mentioned that users of ASTM E1354 should consider purchasing this document as part of our Standards Online subscription.  Why?  This annual subscription provides you with all revisions of the standards you include at no additional charge.  So you not only get company-wide access to your critical standards, you also have confidence that your copies are always up-to-date.

If you’d like more information, contact us by phone (650-591-7600) or email (  You can also order the ASTM standards you need at our web store:  Here is a direct link to the order page for ASTM E1354 for your convenience.  Document Center Inc. has a wide array of products and services to solve your compliance documentation requirements.  Make us your Standards Experts!