New ICC ANSI A117.1 2009 Edition on Accessible and Useable Buildings and Facilities has been approved

ANSI A117.1, the foremost standard on facility accessibility, has been issued as the new 2009 Edition.  First published in 1961, this standard is celebrating its 50th anniversary with this new release.  Titled ‘Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities’, A117.1 provides the guidelines for designers to create buildings that offer unobstructed entry and use for people with a multitude of physical challenges.

ANSI A117.1 is referenced by the International Building Code, as well as the model codes of the BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators) and the Southern Building Code Congress (SBCCI).  You’ll also find it in many federal documents and state accessibility laws.

The new 2009 Edition has been accepted but has not yet been released for public distribution.  Document Center Inc. will be shipping the new standard when it becomes available in November 2010.  Contact us at,, by phone at 650-591-7600 or by fax at 650-591-7617 to order your copy of this new release now.

New ASTM D3951 2010 Edition for Commercial Packaging released

ASTM D3951-98, Standard Practice for Commercial Packaging, has been revised with the release of the new 2010 Edition, ASTM D3951-10.  As you can see, this is the first revision of the standard in over 10 years.  It is one of Document Center’s most frequently ordered ASTM standards on packaging and is available now.

ASTM describes the standard as follows:  “(It)  covers the requirements for the commercial preservation, packaging, packing (exterior container), unitization, and marking for supplies and equipment. It provides for multiple handling and shipment by any mode, and storage periods of a minimum of one year in enclosed facilities without damage to the product. It also provides for package quantities suitable for redistribution without additional repackaging or marking. Planned storage that exceeds one year requires more than minimum requirements for physical and mechanical protection.”

You’ll want to know that this practice establishes minimum requirements for packaging of supplies and equipment as covered in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, with the exclusion of  ammunition, explosives, or hazardous materials.  It is also referenced for some Department of Defense shipments not covered by MIL-STD-2073/1.

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MIL-P-50884, one of the primary military printed wiring specs, is released with new Amendment 3

MIL-P-50884, Revision E, has a new Amendment 3 dated 9/1/2010.  The document, Printed Wiring Board, Flexible or Rigid-Flex, General Specification for, is a mainstay of the military specifications in this classification.  Inactive since 1999, the document is still available for use for replacement parts.  Compliance with the new changes is mandated by 12/1/2010.

Following the new protocol allowed by the creation of these documents in word processing programs, the amendment is interfiled within the body of the document.  While this makes using the document easier, it does present the reader with the challenge of identifying changes to the specification.  Unfortunately, there are no redline editions of the military documents available.  But this specification does at least have lines in the margins to identify areas with corrections.

MIL-PRF-31032 has been added to the referenced documents section.

In Appendix A, paragraph A. has also been modified, as has paragraph A.  There are also 5 new subclauses for A.3.5.4.  And tables A-IV and A-VI have been corrected as well.  Sections A., A3.7.4.6, A., A., A., A4.5.2.2, A., A.4.6.2 parts, A. and subsequent parts, A.4.8.2, A., A., A., A.,  and A.7.3 have also been amended.  Sections A.7.18 and A.7.19 have been added.

Appendix B is untouched, but section C.6.3 has been corrected in Appendix C.  Appendix D adds the previous edition of this specification, MIL-P-50884 Revision E with Amendment 2, to the documents it replaces, understandably so.  And Appendix E has been completely deleted.

In Appendix G, Figure G-9 has been modified, as has Figure G-16.  In Appendix H, Table H-1 is also amended.  Sections H.,  H.4.3.9, and Figure H-4 have corrections as well.

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The new NFPA 70 F 2011 Edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is here!

The new 2011 Edition of the National Electrical Code, NFPA-70, is scheduled for public release 10/10/2010.  It is the source for safe installation of wiring and equipment.  The code, commonly called the NEC, is widely cited in state (all 50!) and local laws and is considered the de facto standard for electricity.  It covers electrical requirements for buildings and other public and private structures, such as mobile homes, RV’s and parking garages.  It also covers the installation of conductors and equipment that connect to electricity supplies.

NFPA revises the document every 3 years.  The 2011 NEC is the current edition (effective date August 25, 2010).  However, it will be available for public distribution in early October.  It is a step in moving towards greener technologies, by providing rules and regulations to keeping alternative energy sources safe.  It even includes requirements for charging connections for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Here is an abbreviated Table of Contents of the new Code:


Chapter 1 General

Chapter 2 Wiring and Protection

Chapter 3 Wiring Methods and Materials (with article 399, incorporating requirements for overhead distribution systems for large electrical system users – over 600 volts, such as school or business campus settings)

Chapter 4 Equipment for General Use

Chapter 5 Special Occupancies

Chapter 6 Special Equipment (includes: 625 with updates for safe battery charging for plug-in hybrid vehicles that reduce the risk of explosion and 694 for small wind electric systems – first time addressed)

Chapter 7 Special Conditions (includes 705 which covers interconnecting generators, windmills, and solar and fuel cells with other power supplies)

Chapter 8 Communications Systems (includes 840 for the increased demand for broadband communications systems with requirements for wireless, routers, and wireless disconnects)

Chapter 9 Tables


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AAMI-ST79 – The new 2010 Edition is available for preorder now

The AAMI recommended practice ST79, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities, is now approved in a new 2010 Edition and public distribution is pending.

The standard consolidates 5 previous AAMI steam sterilization standards, the AAMI ST33, AAMI ST35, AAMI ST37, AAMI ST42 and AAMI ST46.  It was the first AAMI standard to be released in a binder edition, since the material covered is extensive.  The binder format facilitates easy access to the various topics, like lowering and limiting bioburden before sterilization, properly preparing items for sterilization, selecting the appropriate sterilization parameters, and establishing and implementing controls to maintain the sterility of sterilized items until they are used.

Users of this standard will find guidance to promote assurance of sterility and to guide health care personnel in the proper use of processing equipment.  The document includes functional and physical design criteria for a number of sterilization processing areas  including decontamination, preparation, sterilization, and sterile storage areas.  There are sections to assist with staff qualifications, education and other personnel considerations.  Also covered are  processing procedures,  installation, care and maintenance of steam sterilizers, quality control and, of course, quality process improvement.

The new ANSI/AAMI-ST79:2010 replaces the previous 2006 Edition with both Amendments 1 and 2, which is no longer available.  Because the new ANSI/AAMI-ST79 was only recently approved (9/3/2010), there will be a delay until the new edition is available.  Normal lag time can be from 1 to 3 months for the formatting and publishing functions to take place and the standard to become publicly available.

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IPC-A-610 New Revision E is a must-have for Electronic Assembly Quality

IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, remains the perennial Top Quality Standard for electronic assembly facilities world-wide.  The new Revision E dated 4/1/2010 covers workmanship criteria for electronic assemblies with 809 full-color photographs and illustrations.

Users of the new IPC-A-610E will find the document an invaluable guide to improving process control and design.  Topics include flex attachment, board in board, part on part, lead free, component orientation and soldering criteria for through-hold, SMT  (new termination styles) and discrete wiring assemblies, mechanical assembly, cleaning, marking, coating and laminate requirements.

Further, according to IPC, the new 400 page revision has been “critically reviewed for clarity and accuracy.”  Commonly used with IPC/EIA-J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, the two documents have been brought into closer alignment with the simultaneous release of new editions for both documents.

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New ASME-B46.1-2009 Edition on Surface Texture is Now Available

The new revision of ASME B46.1-2009, Surface Texture (Surface Roughness, Waviness, and Lay), is expected to ship from Document Center Inc. in September, 2010, when it will be released from the printer’s.  The new 120 page edition of this frequently referenced standard  is expected to be widely adopted.

ASME states: “This Standard is concerned with the geometric irregularities of surfaces. It defines surface texture and its constituents: roughness, waviness, and lay. It also defines parameters for specifying surface texture. The terms and ratings in this Standard relate to surfaces produced by such means as abrading, casting, coating, cutting, etching, plastic deformation, sintering, wear, erosion, etc.”

ASME-B46.1 has changed over recent years to keep pace with comparable International Standards, like ISO-4287.

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New ISO 10993-10:2010 3rd Edition is now available

For those of you in the Medical Device field, the ISO-10993 series is a must-have set of standards.  So when a new edition of one of the documents is released, you need to know about it.

Customers of Document Center Inc. have already been notified that the new 3rd Edition of the ISO-10993-10 standard is available.  It’s titled Biological evaluation of medical devices – Part 10: Tests for irritation and skin sensitization. The document is dated 8/1/2010 and replaces the ISO 10993-10:2002 Edition.  There is no specific information provided regarding the changes from one edition to the next, other than to note that the document has been technically revised.

ISO describes this document as follows:

ISO 10993-10:2010 describes the procedure for the assessment of medical devices and their constituent materials with regard to their potential to produce irritation and skin sensitization.

ISO 10993-10:2010 includes:

  • pretest considerations for irritation, including in silico and in vitro methods for dermal exposure;
  • details of in vivo (irritation and sensitization) test procedures;
  • key factors for the interpretation of the results.

Instructions are given for the preparation of materials specifically in relation to the above tests and several special irritation tests are described for application of medical devices in areas other than skin.

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