Just Released – the New BS EN 61010-1:2010 Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use. General requirements

The new 2010 Edition of BS EN 61010 Part 1 was just published this month (November 2010).  The new document replaces the previous 2001 Edition for this item.  It is in stock and available for purchase from Document Center Inc.  on our website www.document-center.com.

This revised edition provides a presumption of conformity with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and is also essential for compliance with Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in the United Kingdom.

With presumption of conformity with the LVD 2006/95/, BS EN 61010-1 will enable manufacturers to fit CE marking in respect to the safety requirements contained within the LVD and the corresponding national laws.

BS EN 61010-1 also covers a large number of products that are outside the scope of the LVD [50-1000 V], but are covered by either the General Product Safety Directive or the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act: as such, compliance with BS EN 61010-1 is an indicator of compliance with good engineering practice.

This standard aims to ensure the safety of anyone that uses this type of electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use.

Who is this standard for?

BS EN 61010 Part 1 is intended for use by anyone in the industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) industry who sells or manufactures or supplies measurement, control and laboratory equipment or related components and assemblies.

BS EN 61010-1 describes the general safety requirements for electrical equipment used in laboratories. It provides the general requirements and identifies the risks users and operator could face, and the manufacturer’s design requirements and tests needed to reduce these risks.

This part of BSEN61010 specifies the general safety requirements that professional and non-professional operators should follow when using electrical equipment in industrial processes, laboratories and educational settings, and includes:

  • Electrical test and measurement equipment
    This is equipment which by electrical means tests, measures, indicates or records one or more electrical or physical quantities, also non-measuring equipment such as signal generators, measurement standards, voltage sources, transducers, transmitters, etc.

This includes bench-top power supplies intended to aid a testing or measuring operation on another piece of equipment. Power supplies intended to power equipment are within the scope of the BS EN 61558 series.

  • Electrical industrial process-control equipment
    This is equipment which controls one or more output quantities to specific values, with each value determined by manual setting, by local or remote programming, or by one or more input variables
  • Electrical laboratory equipment
    This is equipment which measures, indicates, monitors or analyses substances, or is used to prepare materials, and includes in vitro diagnostic (IVD) equipment

This equipment may also be used in areas other than laboratories, for example self-test IVD equipment may be used in the home and inspection equipment to be used to check people or materials during transportation.

What’s been changed for the new edition?

Significant changes to BS EN 61010-1 include:

BS EN 61010-1 applies to the equipment and their accessories wherever they are used, not just for professional use as previously. There is also clarification that equipment used to check people or materials during transportation is within scope.

Foreseeable misuse and ergonomic aspects have been included and a new clause has been added to address risk assessment for hazards not covered in the standard.

A further major change is the removal of test and measurement circuits to a new BS EN 61010-2-030. Any equipment containing these circuits will have to comply with this Part 2 as well as Part 1.

Electrical requirements have been added for solid insulation and thin-film insulation. Insulation requirements for mains circuits of overvoltage category II up to 300 V, and for secondary circuits are also covered.

It now contains additional requirements for protection against mechanical hazards and environments not covered by the standard. A section on dealing with risk assessment is also included.

  • Surface temperature limits have been modified to conform to the limits of EN 563
  • Radiation requirements have been modified, and take into account a distinction between intended emission and unintended emission.
  • Requirements for reasonably foreseeable misuse and ergonomic aspects.
  • Methods of reducing the pollution degree of a microenvironment.
  • Requirements for the qualification of coatings for protection against pollution
  • Explanation of how to determine the working voltage of a mains circuit.

Contents of BS EN 61010-1 contain:

  • Scope and object
  • Environmental conditions
  • Normal environmental conditions
  • Extended environmental conditions
  • Normative references
  • Terms and definitions
  • Equipment and states of equipment
  • Parts and accessories
  • Quantities
  • Tests
  • Safety terms
  • Insulation
  • Tests
  • Sequence of tests
  • Reference test conditions
  • State of equipment
  • Testing in single fault condition
  • Application of fault conditions
  • Duration of tests
  • Conformity after application of fault conditions
  • Marking and documentation
  • Marking
  • Identification
  • Mains supply
  • Fuses
  • Terminals, connections and operating devices
  • Switches and circuit-breakers
  • Equipment protected by double insulation or reinforced insulation
  • Field-wiring terminal boxes
  • Warning markings
  • Durability of markings
  • Documentation
  • Equipment ratings
  • Equipment installation
  • Equipment operation
  • Equipment maintenance and service
  • Integration into systems or effects resulting from special conditions
  • Protection against electric shock
  • Requirements
  • Exceptions
  • Determination of accessible parts
  • Examination
  • Openings above parts that are hazardous live
  • Openings for pre-set controls
  • Limit values for accessible parts
  • Levels in normal condition
  • Levels in single fault condition
  • Primary means of protection
  • Enclosures and protective barriers
  • Basic insulation
  • Impedance
  • Additional means of protection in case of single fault conditions
  • Protective bonding
  • Supplementary insulation and reinforced insulation
  • Protective impedance
  • Automatic disconnection of the supply
  • Current- or voltage-limiting device
  • Connections to external circuits
  • Terminals for external circuits
  • Circuits with terminals which are hazardous live
  • Terminals for stranded conductors
  • Insulation requirements
  • The nature of insulation
  • Insulation for mains circuits of overvoltage category ii with a nominal supply voltage up to 300 V
  • Insulation for secondary circuits derived from mains circuits of overvoltage category ii up to 300 V
  • Procedure for voltage tests
  • Humidity preconditioning
  • Test procedures
  • Constructional requirements for protection against electric shock
  • Insulating materials
  • Colour coding
  • Connection to the mains supply source and connections between parts of equipment
  • Mains supply cords
  • Fitting of non-detachable mains supply cords
  • Plugs and connectors
  • Disconnection from supply source
  • Requirements according to type of equipment
  • Disconnecting devices
  • Protection against mechanical hazards
  • Sharp edges
  • Moving parts
  • Risk assessment for mechanical hazards to body parts
  • Limitation of force and pressure
  • Gap limitations between moving parts
  • Stability
  • Provisions for lifting and carrying
  • Handles and grips
  • Lifting devices and supporting parts
  • Wall mounting
  • Expelled parts
  • Resistance to mechanical stresses
  • Enclosure rigidity tests
  • Static test
  • Impact test
  • Drop test
  • Equipment other than hand-held equipment and direct plug-in equipment
  • Hand-held equipment and direct plug-in equipment
  • Protection against the spread of fire
  • Eliminating or reducing the sources of ignition within the equipment
  • Containment of fire within the equipment, should it occur
  • Constructional requirements
  • Limited-energy circuit
  • Requirements for equipment containing or using flammable liquids
  • Overcurrent protection
  • Permanently connected equipment
  • Other equipment
  • Equipment temperature limits and resistance to heat
  • Colour coding
  • Connection to the mains supply source and connections between parts of equipment
  • Mains supply cords
  • Fitting of non-detachable mains supply cords
  • Plugs and connectors
  • Disconnection from supply source
  • Requirements according to type of equipment
  • Disconnecting devices
  • Protection against mechanical hazards
  • Risk assessment for mechanical hazards to body parts
  • Limitation of force and pressure
  • Gap limitations between moving parts
  • Stability
  • Provisions for lifting and carrying
  • Enclosure rigidity tests
  • Equipment other than hand-held equipment and direct plug-in
  • Hand-held equipment and direct plug-in equipment
  • Protection against the spread of fire
  • Eliminating or reducing the sources of ignition within the equipmen
  • Containment of fire within the equipment, should it occur
  • Constructional requirements
  • Limited-energy circuit
  • Requirements for equipment containing or using flammable liquids
  • Overcurrent protection
  • Permanently connected equipment
  • Equipment temperature limits and resistance to heat
  • Surface temperature limits for protection against burns
  • Temperatures of windings
  • Temperature measurement of heating equipment
  • Equipment intended for installation in a cabinet or a wall
  • Resistance to heat
  • Integrity of clearances and creepage distances
  • Non-metallic enclosures
  • Insulating material
  • Protection against radiation, including laser sources, and against sonic and ultrasonic pressure
  • Protection against liberated gases and substances, explosion and implosion
  • Components and subassemblies
  • Protection by interlocks
  • Hazards resulting from application
  • Reasonably foreseeable misuse
  • Ergonomic aspects
  • Risk assessment
  • Measuring circuits for touch current
  • Standard test fingers
  • Measurement of clearances and creepage distances
  • Parts between which insulation requirements are specified
  • Guideline for reduction of pollution degrees
  • Routine tests
  • Leakage and rupture from fluids under pressure
  • Qualification of conformal coatings for protection against pollution
  • Line-to-neutral voltages for common mains supply systems
  • Risk assessment
  • Index of defined terms
  • Bibliography
  • Measurements through openings in enclosures
  • Maximum duration of short-term accessible voltages in single fault condition
  • Capacitance level versus voltage in normal condition and single fault condition
  • Acceptable arrangement of protective means against electric shock
  • Examples of binding screw assemblies
  • Distance between conductors on an interface between two layers
  • Distance between adjacent conductors along an interface of two inner layers
  • Distance between adjacent conductors located between the same two layers
  • Detachable mains supply cords and connections
  • Impact test using a sphere
  • Flow chart to explain the requirements for protection
  • Against the spread of fire
  • Baffle
  • Area of the bottom of an enclosure to be constructed as specified in ball-pressure test apparatus
  • Flow chart for conformity options
  • Measuring circuit for a.c. with frequencies up to 1 MHz and for d.c.
  • Measuring circuits for sinusoidal a.c. with frequencies up to 100 Hz and
    for d.c
  • Current measuring circuit for electrical burns
  • Current measuring circuit for wet contact
  • Rigid test finger
  • Jointed test finger
  • Examples of methods of measuring clearances and creepage distances
  • Protection between hazardous live circuits and accessible parts
    Protection between hazardous live circuits and circuits which
  • Accessible external terminals
  • Protection between a hazardous live internal circuit and
  • An accessible part which is not bonded to other accessible parts
  • Protection between a hazardous live primary circuit and
  • Protection of external accessible terminals of two hazardous live circuits
  • Conformity verification process
  • Test sequence and conformity
  • Iterative process of risk assessment and risk reduction
  • Risk reduction
  • Distance between conductors on an interface between two layers
  • Distance between adjacent conductors along an interface of an inner layer
  • Distance between adjacent conductors located between the same two layers
  • Example of recurring peak voltage
  • Symbols
  • Tightening torque for binding screw assemblies
  • Multiplication factors for clearances of equipment rated for operation at altitudes up to 5 000 m
  • Clearances and creepage distances for mains circuits of overvoltage category II up to 300 V
  • Test voltages for solid insulation in mains circuits of overvoltage category II up to 300 V
  • Clearances and test voltages for secondary circuits derived from MAINS
  • Circuits of overvoltage category II up to 300 V
  • Creepage distances for secondary circuits
  • Minimum values for distance or thickness
  • Distances between terminals and foil
  • Correction factors according to test site altitude for test voltages for clearances
  • Values for physical tests on cord anchorages

New ASTM A240 2010A Edition Released

ASTM A240 / A240M – 10a, Standard Specification for Chromium and Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip for Pressure Vessels and for General Applications, has just been released by ASTM International. The standard is a widely used specification for Chromium and Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel.

It covers chromium, chromium-nickel, and chromium-manganese-nickel stainless steel plate, sheet, and strip for pressure vessels and for general applications. The steel described by the standard shall conform to the requirements as to chemical composition specified. Additionally, it shall conform to the mechanical properties specified.

The document features both inch-pound and metric measurements. This is notated in the document number (the A240/A240M means A240 inch-pound units/A240 Metric units).

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MIL-PRF-19500 New Revision P on Semiconductor Devices Released 10/20/2010

MIL-PRF-19500 (formerly MIL-S-19500) titled Semiconductor Devices, General Specification for, has just been revised. This specification is one of the top Semiconductor specs for use by the Department of Defense.

The release of new 170 page Revision P requires compliance by April 20th, 2011.  Changes from the previous Revision N are extensive and are not noted in the margins, as is sometimes the case.

This specification covers the general requirements for semiconductor devices used in electronic equipment procured by the U.S. military.  The semiconductor devices covered by it are unique due to the fact that these devices must be able to operate satisfactorily in systems under demanding conditions such as: 20 g’s vibration, 100 g’s of shock, salt atmosphere, wide temperature range (e.g. -55°C to +150°C).  In addition, these requirements are verified under a qualification system.  Commercial components are not designed to withstand these environmental conditions.

MIL-PRF-19500P establishes the general performance requirements for semiconductor devices.  Detail requirements and characteristics are specified in the specification sheet.  Revisions to this specification and it’s corresponding specification sheets are structured to assure the interchangeability of devices of the same part type regardless of manufacturing date code or conformance inspection (CI) completion date.

Five quality levels for encapsulated devices are provided for in this specification, differentiated by the prefixes JAN, JANTX, JANTXV, JANJ, and JANS. Eight radiation hardness assurance (RHA) levels are provided for the JANTXV and JANS quality levels. These are designated by the letters M, D, P, L, R, F, G, and H following the quality level portion of the prefix. Two quality levels for unencapsulated devices are provided for in this specification, differentiated by the prefixes JANHC and JANKC.

The main body of this document specifies the performance requirements and requires the manufacturer to verify that their devices are capable of meeting those performance requirements.

Appendix A contains definitions of terms used throughout the specification.  Appendix B contains abbreviations and symbols.  Appendix C contains the Quality Management (QM) Program.  Appendix D contains the quality system.  Appendix E contains the standard verification system for qualified products.  Appendix F has been canceled.  Appendix G contains discrete semiconductor die/ship lot acceptance.  Appendix H contains critical interface and materials for semiconductor devices.

The document number was changed from MIL-S-19500 to MIL-PRF-19500 during the Mid-1990’s Mil Spec Reform to designate the performance specification status of the document.

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New UL 796 Released on Printed-Wiring Boards

The new UL-796 10th Edition on Printed Wiring Boards has just been released as of 10/8/2010.  This is one of Document Center’s best selling UL standards.  It covers both rigid and flexible boards.

The new edition covers the following material:

Revision to and Addition of Terms in Glossary

Clarification of Requirements for Standard Atmospheric Test Conditions in Paragraph 4.2

Clarification of Requirements for Acceptability of Printed Wiring Boards in Paragraph 7.1

Clarification of Requirements Regarding Base Material Relative Thermal Index in Paragraph 9.1.3

Clarification of Requirements for Base Material Sample Thickness Tolerances in Table 9.2

Addition of Requirements for the Condition of “As-Received Samples” in Paragraph 9.1.7

Clarification of Requirements for Metal-Clad Base Material in Section 9.2

Clarification of Requirements for Conductors in Paragraphs 10.2.1 and 10.6.1

Modification of Thickness of Edge Conductor in Figure 10.1

Clarification of Requirements for Plated Contact Fingers in Section 10.9

Clarification of Requirements for Multi-site Processing in Paragraph 12.2.1

Clarification of Requirements in Paragraphs 14.1 and 14.2 and Addition of Table 14.1 and Figures 14.1, 14.2, and 14.3 to Illustrate Requirements for Plugged-Hole Materials

Clarification of Requirements for Dissimilar Dielectric Material Bond Strength in Paragraph 17.6.1

Clarification of Requirements for the Evaluation of Metal Base Printed Wiring Boards in Section 18

Clarification of Requirements for Maximum Internal Copper Test Program in Paragraph 21.6

Clarification of Requirements for Conductor Measurements in Paragraphs 22.1, 22.4, and 22.5

Clarification of Requirements for Microsection Analysis in Paragraph 23.3.3

Clarification of Requirements for Flammability Classification in Paragraph 25.1.2

Clarification of Requirements for Bond Strength Temperature in Paragraph 26.3.1

Clarification of Requirements for Thermal Cycling Scheduling in Table 30.1

Clarification of Requirements for HDI Printed Wiring Board Constructions in Section 31; Addition of Table 20.10

Clarification of Requirements for Silver Migration Test in Paragraphs 32.2.1 and 32.2.5

Clarification of Marking Requirements in Paragraphs 33.2, 33.3, 33.6, and 33.10

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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 www.document-center.com, info@document-center.com, 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.3.5.1.1 has also been modified, as has paragraph A.3.5.2.7.  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.3.6.7.4, A3.7.4.6, A.3.7.4.8.2, A.3.7.5.1, A.4.5.2.1, A4.5.2.2, A.4.5.4.4, A.4.6.2 parts, A.4.8.1.8 and subsequent parts, A.4.8.2, A.4.8.4.1, A.4.8.4.6, A.4.8.4.9, A.4.8.6.2.1,  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.4.3.4.1,  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:

Introduction

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

Index

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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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