NFPA 10 Updated – Portable Fire Extinguishers

NFPA 10, the Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, has just been updated.  The new 2018 Edition is available now from Document Center Inc. in both paper format and for pdf download.  It replaces the previous 2013 Edition which is now obsolete.

The first NFPA standard on this topic was published in 1921.  Over the years, the publication has seen a number of changes.  However, it remains the primary standard for portable fire extinguishers in the U.S.

It provides the minimum requirements for the selection, installation, inspection, maintenance, recharging and testing of both portable fire extinguishers and also Class D extinguishing agents.  Please note:  You may need to meet additional NFPA requirements for some specific occupancies.

The 2018 Edition has clarifications on a number of topics.  These include:

  • Electric monitoring,
  • Obsolete extinguishers,
  • Installation of extinguishers in areas with oxidizers,
  • extinguishers signs and mounting equipment (including cabinets)

Additionally there are new requirements for maintenance of hose stations, marking of Class AC and AK extinguishers, and updated Annexes reflecting current extinguisher types and ratings.

The NFPA 10 remains organized into 8 Chapters, beginning with the usual administrative, referenced documents, and definition sections.  The remainder of the chapters cover general requirements, selection, installation, maintenance (including inspection and recharging), and hydrostatic testing.  There are an additional 11 Annexes and an Index in this 77-page standard.

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BS PAS 17271 – Fraud Protection

BS PAS 17271 on protecting consumers from financial fraud has just been released.  The title of this publication is Protecting customers from financial harm as a result of fraud or financial abuse. Code of practice.  It is one of the series of Publicly Available Standards published by BSI and available from Document Center Inc.

This new PAS is interesting in a number of ways.  Although it has been specifically developed for the UK stakeholders, it certainly can be applied anywhere on the globe.  It represents the current move to standardize areas that are not part of the usual engineering focus addressed by standards in the past.  And it shows how industry sectors can rely on standardization to help solve a wide range of public safety concerns.

FYI:  BS PAS 17271 is not a requirement for non-UK organizations.  It is intended for use by British firms managing the money or other financial assets of UK consumers.  This could include banks, credit unions, pension managers, and so on.

The BS PAS 17271 covers three main areas where good practices can make a difference.  These are:

  • Recommendations for protecting customers from financial harm that might occur as a result of fraud or financial abuse
  • Guidance on spotting at risk customers, assessing the potential risks to them  and actions to take to prevent or minimize financial harm
  • Guidance on supporting customers, inluding minimizing future risks, in cases where fraud or financial abuse has already occurred

You’ll be pleased to know the document includes detailed recommendations, guidance and a comprehensive checklist for organizations implementing best practices in this area.

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IEEE 1012 2016 Update for V&V

IEEE 1012 2016 Edition has just been published.  This new update is a revision of the 2012 Edition and it’s Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet).  The standard is titled Standard for System, Software, and Hardware Verification and Validation.  It helps organizations determine if their products meet the intended use (user needs).

Verification and validation (V&V) processes can be used for systems, software and hardware.  Even interfaces are included in V&V scopes.  It’s used throughout the product lifecycle, a tool for building and maintaining quality in a product or system.  You’ll use objective tools to assess, analyze, evaluate, review, inspect and test products and processes.  It’s an on-going process intended to be used during your product lifecycles, not afterwards.

The 260-page IEEE 1012 provides requirements in terms of activities and tasks to use for V&V.  It begins with the usual scope, referenced documents, and definitions sections.  It then moves on to the relationships between V&V and lifecycle processes.  Clause 5 shows you how to use integrity levels to determine the scope of your V&V processes.  Next you’ll get an overview of the V&V process and testing.  Details follow in Clause 7.

Sections 8, 9, and 10 cover V&V processes for systems, software and hardware respectively.  Clause 11 is on the various reports and other documentation requirements.  And finally, Clause 12 reviews the V&V plan.  13 Annexes then follow.  These are all informative, covering a wide array of issues.  The last is a 22-item bibliography.

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IPC 6012 D Amendment

IPC 6012 Revision D has just been amended.  This is the Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards so important to the electronics industry.  The new IPC 6012 D Amendment 1 is available now from Document Center Inc.  Currently it is only available in pdf format (single user download and site license).  It updates the IPC 6012 D that I reviewed back in 2015.

The IPC 6012 D Amendment makes changes to the existing acceptance criteria for copper wrap plating measurements.  These changes will be valid moving forward (that is, after January 1, 2018).  So your legacy designs will not be impacted.  The new dual criterion for Class 3 copper wrap plating is for newer designs only.

The balance of the Revision D remains stable.  You’ll continue to use this standard for the qualification and performance of rigid printed boards.  This includes such topics as final finish and surface plating requirements, conductors, holes (vias), frequency of acceptance test and quality conformance.  Electrical, mechanical and environmental requirements are also included.

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ISO/IEC 19988 Core Business Vocabulary Standard Updated

ISO/IEC 19988, the Core Business Vocabulary Standard, has just been updated.  It is the definition document underlying the use of EPCIS for trading partner information exchange.  The new 2nd Edition available now from Document Center Inc.  It replaces the previous 1st Edition from 2015 and is a technical revision.

The ISO/IEC 19988 is the international adoption of the GS1 CBV Core Business Vocabulary Standard.  The 2nd Edition is identical to the CBV Version 1.2 from September 2016.  Changes include the following:

  • New terms for EPCIS error declaration reason identifiers
  • Requirements for the URI structure for EPCIS event identifiers
  • New business step values dispensing and voidShipping
  • New disposition values dispensed and partially_dispensed
  • A new section for trade item master data attributes
  • Expansion of the section on location and party master data attributes

At this point, if you’re not familiar with this standard you’re probably wonder what the heck it’s all about!  EPCIS is a standard used to share trading partner information as products move through the supply chain.  CBV is the definitions document used for common implementation of EPCIS.

These standards underline the increasing reliance on trading partner relationships in order to produce and distribute goods as the global economy takes off.  The need for consumer and regulatory information throughout the product lifecycle is helping to fuel the development of these standards.  And traceability remains a critical issue, as seen in the recent disclosure of sub-standard material shipments of aluminum recently.

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ISO 13485 Handbook Released

ISO has just published an ISO 13485 handbook and it’s available now from Document Center Inc.  This new guidance document is titled ISO 13485:2016 – Medical devices – A practical guide.  It was developed by members of the committee to assist you in implementing this important quality standard.  It contains their best advise for success!

ISO 13485 Medical Devices – A Practical Guide addresses the challenges faced by those of you in the medical device industry using the ISO 13485.  This is the requirements document for regulatory Quality Management Systems (QMS).  The handbook is therefore divided into mirror sections for the structure of the ISO 13485.  And, like many other guidance documents, each comments area is prefaced by the actual text of the 13485 standard.

As you move through the handbook, you’ll find an ISO 13485 clause, a paragraph on the intent of the clause, and then the guidance.  Whenever possible, actual examples are used.  So for the 13485 clause on human resources, there is discussion on the processes you’ll need to identify training needs.  And for this, an example of a professional extrusion specialist’s need for additional training is given.  After all, the improper operation of an extrusion machine might negatively affect your medical devices’ safety and performance.

This ISO 13485 Handbook is 220 pages of detailed information on using the ISO 13485:2016 Edition.  This will prove to be an invaluable tool for industry, as implementation of the ISO medical device standards has been impacted by recent changes in the documents themselves.

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ASTM A380/A380M 2017 – Cleaning and Corrosion Protection for Stainless Steels

ASTM A380/A380M has just been revised.  The new 2017 Edition is available now from Document Center Inc.  The title is Standard Practice for Cleaning, Descaling, and Passivation of Stainless Steel Parts, Equipment, and Systems.  It’s a best-seller here at Document Center.

Passivation is the chemical treatment of stainless steel using a mild oxidant.  During this process, a “film” layer is created that protects the steel against corrosion.  Descaling and cleaning are used prior to passivation to remove surface contaminants which cause corrosion.

ASTM A380/A380M specifically addresses these processes for new stainless steel parts, equipment, and installed systems.  They should not be used for decontamination or cleaning equipment or systems that have been in use.  And they are not appropriate for passivation of materials at the mill.

This new 2017 Edition replaces the previous 2013 Edition that I blogged about when it was released (New ASTM A380/A380M 2013 Edition…)  It is a technical update, with a number of changes that are summarized at the end of the publication.  Here are the highlights:

  • References to FED-STD-209 have been replaced by ISO 14644-1 and ISO 1464402.
  • Precleaning in sections 5.2.2 and 6.2.11 are now a requirement.
  • Updates were made to Section 5.2.2, including a new Section 5.2.3.
  • Same for Section 6.2.11, with a new 6.2.12.
  • Contents of 7.2.5 are now in
  • Sections and were updated.
  • Duplex grades were added to tables A1.1. and A2.1.
  • Requirements in A1.5 and A2.10 are changed.
  • Time spans in Table A2.1 Part II are updated.

For a complete analysis of the revisions, purchase the redline edition.  You’ll get a clean copy of the new Revision and a “marked-up” copy of the old one.

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IPC A 610 G due at the end of the month!

IPC A 610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, is on path for release at the end of this month/the beginning of next.  The IPC J STD 001 G, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, will be released concurrently.  The two standards are widely used in the electronics industry.  Changes will be made throughout the publications.

The IPC A 610 is one of Document Center’s biggest sellers over the years.  It is used by companies large and small.  Changes to this new Revision G vary from Section to Section.  Some modifications are small — like renumbering in Section 1.  Other areas have extensive changes.

For example, Section 6 has significant updates throughout.  This includes Sections 6.6 on lead/wire placement, general requirements and 6.7 on general requirements for solder.

One thing that you will notice in this new Revision G for IPC A 610 is that it’s not necessary to redesign your boards just to meet the new requirements.  The committee recommends using the new Revision G for new design, of course.  But for previously existing designs, upgrade to this document can wait until either enforced by contract or is part of the usual design review process.  In other words, updating your board designs should not solely be based on the fact that there’s a new revision of the IPC A 610 available.

IPC is changing how its standards are available to the public.  You can still purchase the hardcopy edition.  However, the use of CD Rom format is being phased out.  So for electronic delivery, you’ll be ordering a non-printing pdf copy.  Normally, folks choose the single user option.  However, site licenses are available.

Head to Document Center Inc.’s webstore to preorder your copies now.  It can be found at  Here is a direct link to the order page for IPC A 610 paper format and the IPC A 610 pdf format.  For your convenience, here are the links for the J STD 001 paper edition and the J STD 001 single user pdf format as well.

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IEC 61558-1 for Transformer Safety Requirements Updated!

IEC 61558-1 covers the safety requirements for transformers.  It has been recently revised with the release of Edition 3.0.  The title of this standard is Safety of transformers, reactors, power supply units and combinations thereof – Part 1: General requirements and tests.  This new Edition is a technical update and replaces all previous editions (which are now obsolete). You can purchase your copies now from Document Center Inc.

IEC 61558-1 provides you with a set of requirements and tests.  These are applicable to most types of transformers.  Additional, more specific, information can be found in the IEC 61558-2 series.

Coverage is for independent or association stationary and portable types of transformers.  These include dry-type transformers, power supply units (including switch mode power supply units), reactors, and combinations.  Windings can be either encapsulated or non-encapsulated.

It goes without saying that the IEC 61558-1 is widely used.  For those of you impacted by changes to this standard, the committee has compiled a list of changes in the introductory material.  These include:

  • fully insulated winding wires (FIW), new tables and aging tests for FIW constructions,
  • overvoltage categories 1, 2, 3 and 4 for clearances and dielectric strength tests (new tables) are included,
  • new symbols for overvoltage categories, symbol for maximum altitudes if higher than 2 000 m, symbol for plug in power supply units if the pins are damaged (tumbling barrel test), and symbol for minimum temperature (even during the transportation),
  • alternative temperature measurement, simulated load and back to back method according to IEC 60076-11,
  • short circuit and overload protection, simulated load and back to back method according to IEC 60076-11,
  • Table 2 temperature adjustments,
  • establishing partial discharge test above 750 V for FIW constructions,
  • requirements for toroidal core constructions, division for basic and for supplementary isolation,
  • modification of protection indexes for enclosures (IP-code),
  • dimensioning of rectangular cross section connectors for transformers,
  • repetition test, 80 % of required dielectric strength test voltage of Table 14,
  • vibration test for vehicles and railway applications, and
  • two Y1 Capacitors for working voltages above 250 V and not exceeding 500 V with overvoltage category 3.

This new Edition is available from Document Center Inc. in paper format, for pdf download and as part of our Standards Online company-wide cloud access service.  You can order on the web at  Here is a direct link to the order page for IEC 61558-1 for your convenience.  We are authorized distributors for IEC, so you can order with confidence.

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