DI-MGMT-81861 on the Report for Integrated Program Management

I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about a DID (Data Item Description) before. However I noticed that our customers at Document Center are particularly interested in DI-MGMT-81861.  So this is a good opportunity to discuss what a DID is and what this particular one is used for.

The DoD Defense Standardization Program defines a DID this way: “It is a completed document that defines the data required of a contractor. The document specifically defines the data content, format, and intended use.”  What this means is that a DID is used in a government contract to define the reporting data required of the contractor.  This data is expected to be delivered in a specific format, which may or may not be fulfilled by the use of a form.  The DID tells the contractor what data to gather and how and when to present it to the government.

This particular DID, DI-MGMT-81861 “Integrated Program Management Report (IPMR),” is used to measure cost and schedule performance on Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition contracts.  It replaces both DI-MGMT-81650, “Integrated Master Schedule (IMS)” and DI-MGMT-81466 (Revision A), “Cost Performance Report (CPR).”

You’ll use this DID on contracts that specify meeting the requirements of ANSI/EIA 748, “Earned Value Management Systems.”  And your contract will need to be $20 million or more to meet the criteria for use.

The data from the two superseded documents above is merged in the DI-MGMT-81861.  So five of the reports (IMPR Formats 1 through 5) are very similar to the previous CPR formats.  Format 3 is extended, though, to provide the ability to modify block 6.b for change content.  Format 6 is the old IMS report.  And the new Format 7, the Electronic History and Forecast File, is an annual report that allows for both historical and forcasting information to be transmitted in XML format.

Like all DID’s, the 33-page document is called out in your contract.  So it is uniquely specific to U.S. government contract work.  It supports EVM (Earned Value Management) but was developed to allow for a more integrated approach.  And it has the support of software vendors who cater to the defense community.

If you’d like to review a draft that was released to help make the use of the DI-MGMT-81861 more transparent, please see the IPMR Implementation Guide.

If you need a copy of the DID itself, or need any assistance with this or any other DID, please use our webstore, www.document-center.com.  Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com).  We’ve been supporting the defense contracting community since 1982.  We’re your Standards Experts.

ANSI Z87.1 2010 Edition – The standard for eye and face protection in the workplace

When it comes to best selling standards, ANSI Z87.1, “Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices,” is near the top of Document Center‘s list.  The reason why?  In the world of personal protective equipment (PPE), it’s the go-to standard for eye and face protection here in the U.S.

This standard provides guidance on general requirements, testing, permanent marking, selection, care, and use of protectors.  The 2010 revision adds specific performance and marking requirements for devices claiming to provide protection from splash/droplet, dust or fine dust hazards that were not included before.

The intent of this document is to minimize the occurrence and severity or prevention of injuries from such hazards as impact, non-ionizing radiation and chemical exposures in occupational and educational environments, as may be found during machinery operations, material welding and cutting, chemical handling, and assembly operations.

ANSI Z87.1-2010 helps users define selection of the appropriate eye and face protective devices based on the hazard.  And to help with compliance, the 2010 edition describes two levels of protection: “Non Impact Rated” and “Impact Rated.”  Further, the standard adopts the European (CE) small and medium head sizes so testing can harmonize with international test methods.

Of course, certain hazardous exposures are not covered in this standard. These include bloodborne pathogens, X-rays, high energy particulate radiation, microwaves, radio-frequency radiation lasers, masers, and sports and recreation.

ANSI standards can be purchased from Document Center Inc. at our webstore, www.document-center.com.  Many are available in both paper and pdf format.  Or you can contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com).  Not only do we accept credit cards, but for U.S. organizations we accept purchase orders conforming to our net 30 terms.  We have been selling standards and providing support services to our customers for 30 years.  We’d like to add you to our list!

Resources for identifying standards for Personal Protective Equipment

I was reading an excellent article in Netaworld Magazine, “Arc-Flash Clothing and PPE, What does NFPA 70E Have to Say?”  However, I did notice a reference to ASTM F1505 (Standard Specification for Insulated and Insulating Hand Tools) which I think was intended to be to ASTM F1506 (Standard Performance Specification for Flame Resistant and Arc Rated Textile Materials for Wearing Apparel for Use by Electrical Workers Exposed to Momentary Electric Arc and Related Thermal Hazards).

Simple errors in referencing documents are made all the time.  We’ve worked hard to provide you with tools to find the right document in spite of these kinds of mistakes.  In this case, you’ll want to know about the resources Document Center Inc. has available on our website to help people like you find the standards you need on PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).  Here’s how you can effectively use our website on this topic:

Search for Standards by Regulation:

European Union Directive 89/686/EEC, Personal Protective Equipment – PPE, has a list of harmonized (harmonised) standards that support the self-certification process for sales of products into the European market.  It’s a great place to start when looking for European Standards on this topic.

Search by Subject:

The ICS classification system has made it possible to organize standards at the International, Regional and National levels by subject matter.  For personal protective clothing, the Classification Code is 13.340.10, Protective Clothing. On this page, you’ll find standards from a number of different organizations, all having to do with Protective Clothing.

To see the various codes that cover PPE in total, go to our page for the Classification Code 13.340, Protective equipment.  There you’ll find additional links for 3.340.01 (Protective equipment in general)13.340.20 (Head protective equipment)13.340.30 (Respiratory protective devices)13.340.40 (Hand and arm protection)13.340.50 (Leg and foot protection)13.340.60 (Protection against falling and slipping), 13.340.70 (Lifejackets, buoyancy aids and flotation devices) and 13.340.99 (Other protective equipment).

Another suggestion in this area is the link to Popular ESD Standards – A list of frequently purchased ElectroStatic Discharge Control Documents.  These are standards that relate to electrical PPE.

Search for Standards by ASTM Volume:

ASTM has organized their complete set of standards into volumes based on subject area.  Volume 10.03 specifically addresses Standards for Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases, Electrical Protective Equipment.  It’s a great place to start to review many ASTM Standards on this topic, including ASTM F1506 and ASTM F1959/F1959M (Standard Test Method for Determining the Arc Rating of Materials for Clothing) mentioned in the NETAWorld article.

The ASTM Volume 11.03, Standards for Occupational Health and Safety; Protective Clothing, is also of interest.  It covers the balance of PPE standards for non-electrical hazards.

As you can see, there’s lots of ways that our website, www.document-center.com, can help you find and purchase the standards you need.  And if you would prefer to have a real person help you out, you can always contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com).  Our goal is to make sure that you’re using the standards you need to develop and sell products that meet the requirements of today’s international marketplace.

New MIL-STD-750 Revision F changes format to this Popular Standard for Test Methods for Semiconductor Devices

The new MIL-STD-750 Revision F, “Test Methods for Semiconductor Devices,” has just been released.  Not only is this a new revision level for this standard, but the format has also changed with the addition of five new parts.  This is one of the most frequently ordered Military Standards here at Document Center Inc. — a real staple of the Semiconductor Industry.

This standard establishes uniform methods and procedures for testing semiconductor devices suitable for use within Military and Aerospace electronic systems. The methods and procedures in the various parts of this standard cover basic environmental, physical, and electrical tests to determine resistance to deleterious effects of natural elements and conditions surrounding military and space operations.

For the purpose of MIL-STD-750F, the term “devices” includes such items as transistors, diodes, voltage regulators, rectifiers, tunnel diodes, and other related parts. This standard is intended to apply only to semiconductor devices. The test methods and procedures described in the various parts of this multipart test method standard have been prepared to serve several purposes:

a. To specify suitable conditions obtainable in the laboratory that give test results equivalent to the actual service conditions existing in the field and to obtain reproducibility of the results of tests. The test methods described by this standard are not to be interpreted as an exact and conclusive representation of actual service operation in any one geographic location since it is known that the only true test for operation in a specific location is an actual service test at that point.

b. To describe, in a series of standards, all of the test methods of a similar character which now appear in the various joint-services semiconductor device specifications so that these test methods may be kept uniform and thus result in conservation of equipment, man-hours, and testing facilities. In achieving this objective, it is necessary to make each of the general test methods adaptable to a broad range of devices.

c. The test methods described by this standard for environmental, physical, and electrical testing of semiconductor devices shall also apply, when applicable, to parts not covered by an approved military sheet-form standard, specification sheet, or drawing.

MIL-STD-750 is now divided into 6 parts:

MIL-STD-750, Revision F, “Test Methods for Semiconductor Devices,” an overview document.

MIL-STD-750-1, Environmental Test Methods for Semiconductor Devices Part 1: Test Methods 1000 through 1999,

MIL-STD-750-2, Mechanical Test Methods for Semiconductor Devices Part 2: Test Methods 2001 through 2999

MIL-STD-750-3, Transistor Electrical Test Methods for Semiconductor Devices Part 3: Test Methods 3000 through 3999

MIL-STD-750-4, Diode Electrical Test Methods for Semiconductor Devices Part 4: Test Methods 4000 through 4999

MIL-STD-750-5, High Reliability Space Application Test Methods for Semiconductor Devices Part 5: Test Methods 5000 through 5999

Documentation and process conversion necessary to comply with this revision shall be completed by 3 July 2012.  The margins of the standard are marked with vertical lines to indicate where changes from the previous issue were made. This was done as a convenience only and the Government assumes no liability whatsoever for any inaccuracies in these notations.

MIL-STD-750, including all the new revisions plus obsolete editions as well, is available for purchase from Document Center Inc.  Use our website, www.document-center.com, or phone us (650-591-7600), fax us (650-591-7617) or email us (info@document-center.com).  We can help you keep up with the rapidly changing world of compliance information.

New ASTM B488 2011 Edition released on Electrodeposited Coatings of Gold for Engineering Uses

The new ASTM B488-11 Edition has just been released.  The 8 page standard is titled “Standard Specification for Electrodeposited Coatings of Gold for Engineering Uses.”   This specification covers requirements for electrodeposited gold coatings that contain not less than 99.00 mass % gold and that are used for engineering applications.  It is one of Document Center Inc.’s all-time best selling ASTM standards.

This specification does not cover gold coatings produced from autocatalytic, immersion, and vapor deposition.

Gold coatings conforming to ASTM B488 are employed for their corrosion and tarnish resistance (including resistance to fretting corrosion and catalytic polymerization), bondability, low and stable contact resistance, solderability, and infrared reflectivity. Several types of coatings, differing in gold purity and hardness, are covered by this specification.

Coatings are classified into types, which characterize minimum purity, and codes, which designate Knoop hardness. They can be sampled, tested and conform to specified requirements as to purity, hardness, appearance, thickness, mass per unit area, ductility, adhesion (assessed by either bend, heat, or cutting test), and integrity (including gross defects, mechanical damage, and porosity).

There are 6 Appendixes at the end of the specification, which include non-manditory information only.

Purchase ASTM A488-11 from Document Center Inc., which is celebrating it’s 30th year in business in 2012.  You can use our website, www.document-center.com, or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com).  We have both current and obsolete editions of the ASTM standards available in both paper an pdf format for immediate delivery.

ISO 15223 Series on Medical devices — Symbols to be used with medical device labels, labelling and information to be supplied

ISO 15223 has been around since 1998, but in 2007 it was split into 2 parts covering two distinct topics.  We often sell this set here at Document Center Inc. so I thought you might appreciate a brief synopsis of the two documents.

ISO 15223-1:2007 is titled “Medical devices — Symbols to be used with medical device labels, labelling and information to be supplied — Part 1: General requirements.”  Note the English spelling for labeling.  All ISO standards are published using the English spelling, not the American.  The standard is not complete without Amendment 1, ISO 15223-1:2007/Amd 1:2008.  So be sure to order both items when you purchase the standard.

ISO 15223-1:2007 identifies requirements for the development and use of symbols that may be used to convey information on the safe and effective use of medical devices. It also lists symbols that satisfy it’s requirements.

ISO 15223-1:2007 is limited to symbols applicable to a broad spectrum of devices that may be marketed globally. These symbols may be used on the device itself or its package or in the associated documentation.

ISO 15223-2:2010, titled “Medical devices — Symbols to be used with medical device labels, labelling, and information to be supplied — Part 2: Symbol development, selection and validation,” specifies a process for developing, selecting and validating symbols for inclusion in ISO 15223-1.

The purpose of ISO 15223-2 is to ensure that symbols included in ISO 15223-1 are readily understood by the target group.

If the symbol validation process detailed in ISO 15223-2:2010 has been complied with, then the residual risks, as defined in ISO 14971 and IEC 62366, associated with the usability of a medical device symbol are presumed to be acceptable, unless there is objective evidence to the contrary.

ISO 15223-2:2010 is not restricted to symbols intended to meet regulatory requirements or specified in regulatory guidelines on labelling.

These standards, and all ISO and IEC documents, are available from Document Center Inc. at our website, www.document-center.com.  Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com).  We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about these publications.

Document Center’s Top 20 Best Selling Standards for 2011

Yes, it’s the end of the year and what better time to highlight our best selling standards of 2011!  Here’s what Document Center customers wanted this year:

  1. ISO 14155, 2nd Edition and Technical Corrigendum (correction sheet) from 2011, “Clinical investigation of medical devices for human subjects – Good clinical practice”
  2. ISO 19011, 2nd Edition, 2011, “Guidelines for auditing management systems”
  3. AMS 2700, Revision E, “Passivation of Corrosion Resistant Steels”
  4. 21CFR(800-1299), 2011 Edition, “Code of Federal Regulations – Food and Drug Administration Parts 800 through 1299”
  5. BS EN ISO 14971, 2009 Edition with Corrigendum 1 (correction) from 2011, “Medical devices. Application of risk management to medical devices”
  6. ASTM F1980, 2007 R2011 Edition (reapproved in 2011), “Standard Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems for Medical Devices”
  7. IPC A 610, Revision E from 2010, “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies”
  8. AS 9100, Revision C from 2011, “Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space & Defense Organizations”
  9. ASME Y14.5, 2009 Edition, “Dimensioning and Tolerancing”
  10. ASQ Z1.4, 2008 Edition, “Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes”
  11. ASTM E1417, 2011 Edition, “Standard Practice for Liquid Penetrant Testing”
  12. ISTA 2A, 2011 Edition, “Performance Tests for Packaged-Products, Packaged-Products 150 lb (68 kg) or Less”
  13. ISO 9001, 4th Edition, Corrected and reprinted in 2009, “Quality management systems — Requirements”
  14. SOR/98-282, 2011 Edition, “Canadian Medical Devices Regulation”
  15. ASTM D4169, 2009 Edition, “Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems”
  16. ASTM E1444, 2011 Edition, “Standard Practice for Magnetic Particle Testing”
  17. BS EN 60601-1, 2006 Edition with Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet) from 2011, “Medical electrical equipment. General requirements for safety”
  18. ISO 10993-1, 4th Edition with Technical Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet) from 2011, “Biological evaluation of medical devices – Part 1: Evaluation and testing within a risk management process”
  19. ISO 13485, 2nd Edition with Technical Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet) from 2009, “Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes”
  20. ASTM A240, 2011a Edition, “Standard Specification for Chromium and Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip for Pressure Vessels and for General Applications”

These documents are all available from Document Center Inc. at our website, www.document-center.com.  Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com) for more information.  We’re happy to help you with all your standards questions and requirements.

Happy New Year!

ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 (AKA ANSI-Z358.1) is our top-selling Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment

ANSI Z358.1 2009 Edition, titled “American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment,” is one of our top-sellers here at Document Center Inc.   This standard sets the guidelines for eyewash and shower safety equipment fixtures, installation and training practices.

Different sections of the standard cover plumbed and self contained emergency showers, plumbed and self-contained eyewash equipment, eye/face wash equipment, combination units and supplemental equipment. Each addresses how the equipment should perform, as well as testing procedures to ensure proper operation, installation, maintenance and training.

The standard is especially important because it supplements 29CFR(1910.151), the OSHA requirement that “…where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.”

Since the Federal regulation does not offer any additional direction on how to provide suitable facilities, the ANSI-Z358.1 steps in with concrete information on how to insure that best practices are being met.

The document is co-numbered ANSI/ISEA Z358.1.  ISEA is the actual standard developer, with ANSI providing adoption of the ISEA standard in order to elevate it to status of an American National Standard.  In opting for ANSI adoption, ISEA has committed itself to a 5 year review cycle for the document, as well as an open public review process for each new issue prior to publishing.

ANSI-Z358.1, and all ANSI standards, are available from Document Center Inc. through our website, www.document-center.com.  Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com).

FED-STD-595, the Federal Color Standard, is available in three formats

FED-STD-595 Revision C with Notice 1 from 2008 is titled “Colors used in Federal Procurement.”  We sell it in three different formats here at Document Center Inc., depending on the requirements of each individual customer.

The most common format is the FED-STD-595 standard itself.  It’s printed on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper.  It starts with the usual scope paragraph, referenced documents section and so on.  After the 5 pages of standard material, Appendix I then describes the pigments used in the master standard, as an informational list only.  Appendix II lists the new color chips added in 2007.  Appendix III is CIELAB values.  Appendix IV is the Master Color List.  Lastly Appendix V provides detailed notes.

Following this section, the actual color chips are divided into tabbed sections by color.  Each page contains three columns, Gloss, Semigloss, and Lusterless.  The 1/2″ by 1″ color chips are arranged by number into the appropriate columns.

The other two formats are simply collections of the color chips themselves, without the actual standard itself.  They are the FED-STD-595 Flip book and a complete set of FED-STD-595 Color Chips.

The flip book is like a color fan deck that you might find at any paint store.  It’s a little over 10″ long and 2″ wide and is a collection of the colors from light to dark on each page.  There is a further division by gloss, semigloss and lusterless (matte).  The colors themselves are 2″ by 1/2″.

The complete set of color chips is a boxed set of 5″ by 3″ chips, each in their own envelope.  Each chip may also be purchased separately.

To purchase the FED-STD-595 in any of the formats, or any publicly distributed (not classified) Federal Standard, please use our website, www.document-center.com.  Or phone us (650-591-7600), fax us (650-591-7617) or send us an email (info@document-center.com).  We’re glad to be able to assist you with any of your standards requirements.

IEC 60812, BS EN 60812, FMEA, and SAE-J1739 — Four important FMEA Standards (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)

IEC 60812 Edition 2.0, BS EN 60812:2006, AIAG’s FMEA Standard, and SAE-J-1739 all provide standards users with information on how to identify the potential for system elements to fail.  Failure is the loss of the ability of an item to provide its required function. By using a FMEA standard, the designer may be able to eliminate the causes, or mitigate the failure effects to avoid undesirable consequences on the system.

Failure mode and effect analysis is a logical process aimed at identifying the potential failure modes of the elements of a system; the respective causes of failures; and the failure effects, initially on that element and then on its particular part of the larger system. A failure effect at a lower level may then be a failure cause for an item in the next higher level, hence the end effect on the system as a whole may be identified.

IEC 60812 Edition 2.0 from 2006, “Analysis techniques for system reliability – Procedure for failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA),” describes failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) and failure mode, effects and criticality analysis (FMECA), and gives guidance as to how these techniques may be applied to achieve various reliability programme objectives, by:

  • outlining the basic principles
  • identifying appropriate terms, assumptions, failure modes, and criticality measures
  • providing the procedural steps necessary to perform an analysis
  • providing examples of the typical forms used.

BS EN 60812:2006, “Analysis techniques for system reliability. Procedure for failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA),” is the European adoption of the IEC 60812 2006 Edition.

SAE J1739, “Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis in Design (Design FMEA), Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis in Manufacturing and Assembly Processes (Process FMEA),” describes Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis in Design (DFMEA) and Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis in Manufacturing and Assembly Processes (PFMEA). It is geared for the ground vehicle community and assists users in the identification and mitigation of risk by providing appropriate terms, requirements, ranking charts, and worksheets. As a Standard, this document contains requirements (must) and recommendations (should) to guide the user through the FMEA process.

AIAG’s FMEA 4th Edition, “Potential Failure Mode & Effects Analysis,” is a reference manual to be used by suppliers to Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corporation as a guide to assist them in the development of both Design and Process FMEAs. The manual does not define requirements; it is intended to clarify questions concerning the technical development of FMEAs.

These standards, and all IEC, BS, SAE and AIAG standards, are available from Document Center Inc.  Purchase them at our webstore, www.document-center.com.  Or call us (650-591-7600), fax us (650-591-7617) or send us an email (info@document-center.com).  We’re here to assist you with your standards requirements and questions.