New MIL-STD-883 K – Microcircuits

MIL-STD-883, “Microcircuits,” has been updated.  The new Revision K dated 4/25/2016 has replaced the previous Revision J with Notices 1 to 5.  It is available from Document Center Inc. in both paper format and for pdf download.  It can also be included in our Standards Online company-wide access service.  It is one of our most frequently-sold standards and used extensively thoughout the electronic industry across the globe.

When will you need to comply with the changes in MIL-STD-883 K?  You have until October 24, 2016, to conform with these updates.

What are the changes in the new Revision K?  Changes have been made to these Test Methods as follows:

  • Test Method 1005 Steady state life/Burn-in test: TJmax changes.
  • Test Method 1010 Temperature cycling: Monitoring sensor definition.
  • Test Method 1014 Seal: OLT procedure updates and added new A5 procedure.
  • Test Method 1015 Steady state life/Burn-in test: TJmax changes.
  • Test Method 1034 Die penetrant test (for plastic devices): Polaroid film alternative.
  • Test Method 2001 Constant acceleration: Add testing diagram.
  • Test Method 2003 Solderability: Complete re-write. Associated change to delete IPC J-STD-002 in paragraph 2.3 of the 883 main body.
  • Test Method 2009 External visual: Add chip-in-place criteria.

When do you use MIL-STD-883 K?  MIL-STD-883 is used for U.S. government work, specifically to test microelectronic devices to confirm that they are suitable for use in Military and Aerospace electronic systems.  As a Standard, the publication can be called out and enforced in government contracts.  And, of course, since many of these products are also used for civilian purposes, the tests are frequently referenced for other applications as well.

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IEC/TR 62366-2 is here!

IEC/TR 62366-2, “Medical devices – Part 2: Guidance on the application of usability engineering to medical devices,” has just been released and is available now from Document Center Inc.  You can order this new Edition 1.0 in either paper format or for pdf download, and enterprise solutions are also available.  Along with the IEC 62366-1, this new technical report replaces the now obsolete IEC 62366 from 2007 and the Amendment 1 from 2014.

What does the new IEC/TR 62366-2 cover?  The report is guidance on a general usability engineering process meant to help make medical devices safer when being used by both professionals and by lay persons.  This is accomplished by providing you with information on efficient ways to implement the IEC 62366-1.  Additionally, it covers task efficiency and user information intended on enhancing a medical device’s commercial success and safe implementation.

Who should be using this IEC/TR 62366-2?  Because the report discusses both the technical and business sides of usability evaluation, it is appropriate for the following:

  • Managers, including company, department, and product management
  • Design and engineering professionals
  • Medical researchers and clinicians
  • Marketers and medical device professionals
  • Quality and regulatory staff members
  • Product information authors

The standard includes the usual basic information in the first clauses of the publication, scope, terms, referenced documents plus a mapping of the technical report to IEC 62366-1.  Then it covers the background and justification rationale for a usability engineering program.  A review of the implementation process is next.  Clause 7 is an overview of the process itself, while Clause 8 shows you how to prepare your user instructions or specification.

The balance of the document reviews the types of errors that can occur when using medical devices, how to identify hazards and hazardous situations and communicate this to users.  It also walks you through the processes involved in user evaluation and training programs, including hardware user interface design issues.  And of course, this means that there is information on data collection, analysis, and documentation.

Annexes cover the following areas:

  • Recommended reading list
  • Jurisdictional resources to identify known problems
  • Developing usability goals for commercial purposes
  • End products of usability engineering projects
  • Methods used in usability engineering
  • Usability engineering studies in the clinical setting
  • User profiles
  • Use environment descriptions
  • User interface requirements
  • Modelling
  • Usability test sample size
  • Identifying distinct user groups

A 45-item bibliography and an index of defined terms complete this 106-page report.

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New AMS 2772 G is here!

AMS 2772, “Heat Treatment of Aluminum Alloy Raw Materials,” has just been revised.  The new Revision G is available from Document Center Inc. in both paper format and for pdf download.  This frequently referenced Aerospace Material Specification is the replacement document for both MIL-H-6088 and AMS-6088.  The new Revision G cancels and replaces the previous Revision F from 2011.

As advertised, this specification is the premiere document for heat treating wrought aluminum alloy raw materials.  The 25-page AMS 2772G contains a wealth of information on the technical requirements for this process, as well as quality assurance provisions.  Much of the publication is devoted to various tables which provide specific information for a variety of alloys, including solution heat treating temperatures, minimum soaking times, quench delay, aging treatments and so on.

The authoring committee has provided you with black lines in the margins of the document to alert you to areas where changes have been made.  These updates occur in the quality assurance section of the AMS 2772.  Particular attention is drawn to revisions for sections 4.3.1.1, 4.3.1.1.2, 4.3.2.5, and 4.3.2.5.2.

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IEC TS 62668-1 updated – Avoiding counterfeits

Avoiding the use of counterfeit parts, especially in the aerospace industry, has become a high priority for many organizations.  The new Edition 3.0 of IEC TS 62668-1, “Process management for avionics – Counterfeit prevention – Part 1: Avoiding the use of counterfeit, fraudulent and recycled electronic components,” should be in your ansenal if this is an issue for you.  This is a technical update, which replaces the now obsolete Edition 2.0 from 7/2014.  The document focuses in on the use of understood and trustworthy sources for components, primarily by using OCM (original component manufacturer) channels.

Although this document was  written specifically for the aerospace industry, it can be used by all organizations with high performance requirements.  You’ll learn why there’s a trend to the use of the term “fraudulent components” in place of “counterfeit parts.”  You’ll understand the importance of using OCMs that identify and protect their intellectual property (IP).  Risks associated with the use of suspect components are clearly described.  Procedures for minimizing these risks are given. And reporting protocols to use when reporting IP violations are given, along with a list of useful contacts.

If you use the technical specification already, you’re surely wondering where you’ll find the changes in this new edition.  Here’s the list provided by the committee:

  • Updates reflect the abandonment of the Chinese RECS scheme.
  • Reference to AS/EN/JISQ 9100 note that the upcoming Revision D to that publication will contain an anti-counterfeit requirement to meet the IEC TS 62688-1 Clause 4.2
  • AS 6496 (from SAE) is now available for franchised distributors and is so noted in references here to the U.S. DFARS rule 252.246.7007 and UK Defence Standard 05-135
  • Clause 4.5.1 has added references to more GAO, OECD, and ICC reports
  • Other references have also been updated, including various web links.

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Standards are here for virtual garments!

Standards are here for virtual garments and leading the way is ISO 18163, “Clothing – Digital fittings – Vocabulary and terminology used for the virtual garment.”  At the same time, ISO 18831, “Clothing – Digital fittings – Attributes of virtual garments,” is also here.  Online clothing sales require consistent technology and that means standards!

I’ve often remarked that spotting a vocabulary document for an area that has not previously been standardized is a harbinger of things to come.  This is because all successful standards activity depends on all parties understanding the language used in these publications.  However, in this case, not only will IT professionals in the retail and fashion industries be interested in this standard, but also consumers, fashion designers, manufacturers, and retailers.

And much to my amazement, virtual garments require virtual patterns and virtual sewing!  With lovely color renditions, you’ll see how these virtual activities produce the virtual clothing specifically tailored to your preferences.  Through a series of digital fittings, the process is clearly mapped.  You’ll see how to use technology to present the drape of a garment, the texture, and affect of the pattern of the cloth used in the virtual garment.  And after all this is clearly illustrated, the underlying technology requirements for doing all this are defined in detail.  Remarkable!

The new ISO 18831 on the other hand presents the attributes of virtual garments for the upper and lower body, and for hats and gloves.  After the broad lesson on the topic presented by the vocabulary standard, this document provides detailed information on the specific patterns for the noted garment types.  This includes detailed descriptions of such features as collars and cuffs, pockets, and so on.

Why is this sector of the fashion industry ready for standardization?  Being able to provide a potential consumer with a realistic visualization of what a garment would look like when worn will make the purchase decision easier.  Also, it will improve the efficiency of clothing manufacturers since clothing can be “custom” made using mass-production techniques.  Problems in forecasting sales plagues the industry.  With manufacturing tied more closely to true customer demand, some overproduction can be eliminated.  So the goal is to reduce the return rate for clothing bought online, which is currently an issue both for the consumer and for the manufacturer.

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ASTM B117 – Salt Spray Test – Updated

ASTM B117, “Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus” has just been updated.  This is the go-to standard on how to do a salt spray test, used to determine corrosion and it’s effects on a wide variety of metals and coated metals.   Of course, when I first starting taking orders for this extensively used publication, I couldn’t figure out why you’d do such a test.  Then someone mentioned ocean water and I got it!  Any time something is going to be used on a ship or anywhere near the ocean, the salt spray test is a necessity.

The last update in 2009 had a wide variety of changes.  This 2016 Edition has far fewer changes.  You’ll use the redline edition to capture them all, but in my review the most notable change is the addition of a new Note 1.  Of course, adding a new note at the beginning of the document means that all the other notes are now renumbered…

If you’ve never used this Standard Practice before, you’ll find that it gives you the details on setting up a test chamber to provide a controlled corrosive environment.  Your specimens will then be tested in such a way as to produce relative corrosion resistance information.  And since this is the type of test that may produce some variation in results, it’s possible that you’ll repeat your testing a number of times to determine variability.

As with many ASTM standards, you’ll not only get information on the test equipment and the test itself, but also on the reporting requirements for your results.  So whether you’re buying the services of a test lab to run your test for you or doing the testing for yourself or others, the information to be communicated about your results is set out clearly.

Now if you’re using this document, you’ll want the new 2016 Edition.  You can order it online at the Document Center webstore, www.document-center.com.  We’re an authorized distributor of the ASTM standards.  For your convenience, here’s a direct link to the order page for ASTM B117.

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ISO 3950 Updated – Dentistry Designation System

ISO 3950, “Dentistry – Designation system for teeth and areas of the oral cavity,” has just been updated.  The new 4th Edition replaces the previous 3rd Edition from 2009.  It is a technical update.  You can purchase your copy of this new revision from Document Center Inc., an authorized distributor of ISO standards.

So I’m heading over to my dentist’s office tomorrow morning for my bi-annual teeth cleaning.  What does my dentist see when he looks at my teeth?  And how does he and his office store that information?  This is the territory of this ISO 3950 designation standard — It provides common terms and a numeric system for storing and communicating data regarding the health of my teeth!

The standard has been in force for some time (since its first release in 1977) but with the heavy usage of computers in the healthcare setting, new basic elements to this system have been added.  So much to my surprise, it turns out that when my dentist looks in my mouth, he records what he sees as a series of numbers!  And ISO 3950 is the standard for that numeric system.

What information is communicated in this way?  First, it gives you the designations for the areas of your “oral cavity” (mouth).  Then it assigns numeric values to each of your teeth (and any you have lost over time as well!).  When all is done, it turns into a numeric map of your mouth, nicely charted in figure 1.  And if, like me, you don’t really understand all the terminology involved in mapping your mouth this way, the standard references ISO 1942 on the vocabulary of dentistry.

If you’re involved in dentistry or in supplying software used in dentistry, you’ll want a copy of this updated standard.  Head to the Document Center Inc. webstore, www.document-center.com, where you can search for and order standards from around the world.  Here is the direct link to the order page for ISO 3950.  It is available for you to order in both paper and pdf format.  Should you prefer company-wide cloud access, get in touch with us for a quote on our Standards Online service.  We can be reached by phone (650-591-7600) and by email (info@document-center.com).  Remember, we’re your Standards Experts!

ISO 16016 Updated – Protecting your IP

ISO 16016, “Technical product documentation – Protection notices for restricting the use of documents and products,” has just been updated.  The 2nd Edition released this month is now available from Document Center Inc. in a number of formats.  It covers various symbols and language you can use to protect the IP that is imbedded in your technical product documentation and other documents.

Of course, your documentation can often contain specific details of your products that are proprietary.  This is why company standards are rarely publicly available.  Even so, you’ll forward these specs and other information to your suppliers with regularity.  How do you communicate the fact that the information contained in your documentation is “confidential?”

ISO 16016, 2nd Edition, covers the spectrum of tools you can include in the text of your material.  These tools include symbols for trademark, copyright, protected topography (semiconductors), patents and design.  But the standard also includes specific wording you can use to additionally alert people to the responsibilities required when using your documentation.  This is provided in a simple one-paragraph statement, concise and to-the-point.  Not only that, but the text of this protection notice has been translated into 15 additional languages in Annex A.

In today’s global environment, educating your vendors on the correct handling of your documentation is essential.  This means spelling out in writing (at the very least) the need for careful handling of your proprietary information by prohibiting reproduction, distribution and utilization of your IP.  This standard will help you set up guidelines on the usage of both symbols and disclaimers for your documentation authors to include in all your sensitive publications.

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ASTM D1929 2016 – Ignition Temperature Test for Plastics

ASTM D1929, “Standard Test Method for Determining Ignition Temperature of Plastics,” has just been updated.  The new 2016 Edition is available from Document Center Inc. in a variety of formats.  It is a fire test response test that shows you how to determine the flash ignition temperature and the spontaneous ignition temperature of plastics using a hot-air furnace.

ASTM International maintains a wide number of test method standards.  They normally provide you with a detailed set of information on the significance and use of a test, how to go about setting up for testing, the proper apparatus and procedures, determining the results, and generating your report.   This is the case with the ASTM D1929.

For those of you who use this Test Method Standard, you’ll be interested in the changes.  Of course, like all updated ASTM standards with technical changes, a redline edition is available.  You’ll get a copy of the clean 2016 Edition plus the previous 2014 Edition with all changes clearly marked.  These changes occur primarily in 3 locations:

  • Clause 6.2.1 has been added.
  • Note 4 has been removed.
  • Note 6 has been added.

One other thing to note:  ASTM D1929 and ISO 871 were harmonized in 1996, so that the technical details of both standards are now the same.

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The Curious Case of IEC 61000-1-2

IEC 61000-1-2, “Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) – Part 1-2: General – Methodology for the achievement of functional safety of electrical and electronic systems including equipment with regard to electromagnetic phenomena,” has just been updated.  The new Edition 1.0 is now available from Document Center Inc. in a variety of formats.  It is the formal transformation of the document from the status of a Technical Specification (IEC/TS) to an International Standard.  It cancels the previous Edition 2.0 which is now obsolete.

You may ask yourself, how can an Edition 1.0 replace an Edition 2.0?  This is the first time I can remember seeing this situation occur.  Usually the Technical Specifications have a different numbering schema  (like 2001 Edition or 2nd Edition) to differentiate the TS series from the Standards series should the document make the upgrade in status.

Why is this a status upgrade?  Technical Specifications (like the previous IEC/TS 61000-1-2) are temporary documents with a “life span” of three years.  At that time they can be reviewed to see if it’s appropriate to transform them in to “real” standards or if they should be withdrawn.   Of course, this time frame is not always met.  In the case of the IEC 61000-1-2, the previous Edition 2.0 was released in 2006 and has been current all this time.

What’s the difference between a Technical Specification and a Standard?  One difference is procedural, the other technical.  IEC may choose to release a Technical Specification when the required support for the document is not attained and yet industry needs guidance on the topic.  This has to do with the voting requirements for adoption as an International Standard.  Or IEC may choose to release a document as a Technical Specification when the subject is “under technical development.”  That is, the subject parameters necessary for meeting the requirements of a Standard are not mature enough for consensus.

What are the changes in the new IEC 61000-1-2?  The most important changes are the harmonization with the latest edition of IEC 61508 series, “Functional Safety of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic Safety-Related Systems.”  Also, of course, the document has been completely reviewed to make sure it meets the higher requirements of an International Standard.  And Annex B on measures and techniques for the achievement of functional safety with regard to electromagnetic disturbances has been completely re-written.

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