3 New IEC Nanotechnology Specs Released

There are 3 new IEC Nanotechnology Technical Specifications and those of you in the  industry will want to get copies.  One is a vocabulary document (IEC TS 8004-9).  The other two address Nanomanufacturing (IEC TS 62607-3-2 and IEC TS 62607-4-5).  We’ll take a look at each of them one at a time.

IEC TS 80004-9Nanotechnologies – Vocabulary – Part 9: Nano-enabled electrotechnical products and systems

This new technical specification has been released to help those of you working on the synthesis of nanomaterials and composites.  The uses of these materials are being explored for high energy storage batteries, for example.  Since the field is growing quickly, there’s a need for this terms and definitions document.  Some examples of terms addressed include NEMS (nano-electromechanical system) and OE (organic electronics).  It should be used by folks in the field of nanotechnologies and the production of electrotechnical products and systems.

IEC TS 62607-3-2Nanomanufacturing – Key control characteristics – Part 3-2: Luminescent nanoparticles – Determination of mass of quantum dot dispersion

Luminescent nanoparticles are finding their way into a number of applications, including medical diagnostic devices, lighting, and “smart” glass.  This is achieved by the use of “quantum dots,” the physical particles themselves.  Of course, these dots need to be synthesized and tested for stability.  This 18-page technical specification addresses the technical details of determining the mass of a sample quantum dot dispersion. Measurements are taken after the impurities and sufactant ligands are removed by heating to high temperatures.

IEC TS 62607-4-5Nanomanufacturing – Key control characteristics – Part 4-5: Cathode nanomaterials for nano-enabled electrical energy storage – Electrochemical characterization, 3-electrode cell method

This 26-page technical specification is also a highly technical document for nanomanufacturing.  It too focuses on energy systems, particularly batteries for electric vehicles.  Of particular interest is the use of electrodes made from nanoscale composites.  The document specifically provides a methodology for characterizing the electrochemical properties of new cathode nanomaterials.  It is based on a 3-electrode cell method.  This will help you compare different types of cathode nanomaterials (like lithium iron phosphate – LFP) during your developmental stages.

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EN 50600-4 Series – European Data Center Standards

The EN 50600-4 series on KPIs for data centers has just been released.  The EN 50600 standards are particularly important given the changes to European Union requirements for storing European user information.  Of course, there have been other data center standards (for example, the TIA 942 and the BICSI 002).  What the EN 50600 series brings to the table is a comprehensive overview for anyone involved in designing, building and operating data centers.  It also addresses some areas like security that have not been part of previous standardization.

The new EN 50600 Part 4 series expands the previous releases with information on KPIs for these facilities.

Let’s take a look at each of the three individually:

EN 50600-4-1Information technology – Data centre facilities and infrastructures – Part 4-1: Overview of and general requirements for key performance indicators

As the overview document for the EN 50600-4 series, Part 1  sets the groundwork for these standards.  A common structure for the series is provided.  Definitions (including boundary conditions for KPIs) are covered.  Here is where the general information on effectiveness and efficiency of KPIs for power usage can be found.  Requirements and objectives for KPIs are also included.

EN 50600-4-2, Information technology – Data centre facilities and infrastructures – Part 4-2: Power Usage Effectiveness

Now that you understand the basics of KPIs for data centers, the Part 2 covers PUE – Power Usage Effectiveness.  One criticism of data centers is the necessity for the consumption of large amounts of power, both for equipment and cooling.  PUE is a KPI for reaching a more efficient use of electric energy.  The term is defined and PUE measurement categories are covered.  The relationship of PUE to facility infrastructure, equipment and operations are reviewed.  The details of PUE measurement, calculation and reporting are included.  Details of interpretation, as well as PUE derivatives, are also in this part.

EN 50600-4-3, Information technology – Data centre facilities and infrastructures – Part 4-3: Renewable Energy Factor

The new Part 4-3 focuses on REF, Renewable Energy Factor.  The term is defined, a methodology for calculation and presentation is specified, and interpretation is reviewed.

Energy efficiency provides cost savings, reduces the impact of your facilities on your “neighborhood,” and improves your image as a responsible organization.  The use of KPIs to improve the energy performance of your facility is essential.

Remember, the EN 50600 series for European compliance can be a great tool to be used throughout the lifecycle of a data center.  It will help your make better design, location, protection and operational decisions.  And it can help prevent the failure of your data center (think outages and fire) as well!

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ASTM A228/A228M 2016 – Music Spring Wire

ASTM A228/A228M, Standard Specification for Steel Wire, Music Spring Quality, has been updated.  The new 2016 Edition is available now from Document Center Inc.  You can get your copy in paper format, for pdf download or as a “redline” edition (more on that later).  Even though this type of wire is classified as “music spring quality,” it  is primarily for springs used under high stress that need good fatigue properties.

This is a widely used standard, with measurements specified in both feet and inches and in metric units.  The standard covers a wide range of requirements.  They range from ordering information to chemical composition to a range of tests for mechanical properties and metallurgical requirements.  Information is provided for areas like workmanship, inspection and rejection, certification, and packaging/shipment data.

Those of you using the ASTM A228/A228M will want to know what the changes are and they are significant.  The new 2016 Edition now includes two types of music wire.  This means changes throughout the document to support the addition.  Updates have also been made to the referenced documents section.  You’re going to also find changes in section 14.3 on Certification and section 6.3 on chemical composition. Of course, this means that the previous 2014 Edition is now obsolete.

How can you know you’ve found all the changes in the new edition?  Use the redline copy for your gap analysis. When you purchase the redline option, you’ll get a clean copy of the 2016  Edition plus a “marked-up” copy of the old 2014 one, with all the changes clearly marked.  It costs a little bit more but is well worth the additional expense.

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ISO 10256 Ice Hockey Standards

ISO 10256, Head and face protection for use in ice hockey, has been revised with the release of 4 new parts.  Eventually, there will be 6 parts issued in total. When all 6 are published, the ISO 10256 will be withdrawn.  Until then, you’ll need to use the ISO 10256 and the applicable parts to be complete and correct.

What are the ISO 10256 and the new parts?  They are the international standards for protective equipment to be used by ice hockey players and referees. They are to be used by manufacturers, conformity assessment agencies, end users and ice hockey associations.  They provide information on performance characteristics like construction, shock absorption, puck-impact resistance, penetration, retention-system properties, field of vision, and the marking and information provided on head and face protectors.

What exactly are the new parts?  As noted above, there are 4 released new parts for this standard, plus an additional 2 in process.  Here is information on each:

  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 1: General requirements
  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 2: Head protection for skaters
  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 3: Facial protectors for skaters
  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 4: Head and face protection for goalkeepers
  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 5: Neck laceration protectors for ice hockey players
  • Protective equipment for use in ice hockey – Part 6: Lower leg protectors for ice hockey players

Parts 1 through 4 have just been released.  Part 5 is nearing completion.  Part 6 is still “under preparation.”

Since ice hockey is a sport with high risk of injury, including paralysis and/or dealth, the use of specific protective gear is of the highest importance.  Not only does the sport demand high quality equipment, but regulations like the PPE Directive (Personal Protective Equipment – Council Directive 89/686/EEC) do as well.  The subcommittee in charge of this standard wanted to not only set requirements in line with today’s technologies, but to also leave the door open for future materials and new construction techniques.

If you’re involved in the sport of ice hockey or manufacture PPE products for this application, you’ll need copies of the new publications.  Use an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc. for all your standards purchases.  We have been working with standards since 1982 and have over a million publications available to you at our webstore.  Head to www.document-center.com to search and order standards.  Or use these direct links to the updates you’re interested in:

ISO 10256-1  –  ISO 10256-2  –  ISO 10256-3  –  ISO 10256-4

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EN Adoptions of IEC Standards

I recently had a question about the EN adoptions of IEC standards.  The question was basically, “How can I know when an EN adoption of an IEC standard is identical to the original IEC document?”  This is a valid question since the EN adoptions may or may not include changes from the source material.

Of course, since all EN ISO adoptions are labeled that way (i.e., “EN ISO 9001”), questions come up frequently about why the IEC adoptions are not the same.  I have always answered that since the IEC adoptions are not necessarily identical to the source, the same numbering protocol has not been used.  While true, most customers are not very pleased with this answer!

Well, good news for all you standards users out there!  CENELEC and IEC have signed a new agreement that will change the way that the adoption process is handled.  Here are some highlights from the new Frankfurt agreement last October.

Currently 80% of the EN adoptions of IEC standards are identical to the source material.  From now on, IEC documents that are adopted without changes will be labeled “EN IEC.” This will be just like the ISO adoptions.  So when you see a new release numbered “EN IEC,” you’ll know the IEC content has not been changed.

Further, CENELEC and IEC are striving to harmonize an even greater number of standards.  So there should be more European adoptions that are identical to the source IEC standards. Organizations that rely on these documents for their electronic products (now almost 20% of all global trade) are sure to be pleased.

National differences in standards make for confusion and expense.  And they detract from a region or country’s competitiveness.  This is good news indeed that Europe is working towards a reduction in these types of variations.

The lack of clarity in the current situation has been a hindrance to global usage of the EN adoptions.  It has caused confusion in the marketplace when a product meets the requirements of the EN adoption.  Folks just don’t know if meeting the EN edition is the same as meeting the IEC edition.  Over time, the new protocol will make it easier to understand equivalencies.

The last time the EN adoptions of IEC standards were administratively addressed was back in 1996 in Dresden.  Times have changed and industry is pushing for more harmonization as markets continue to globalize.  Expect to see the new system implemented soon.  And don’t be surprised when some of the numbers of the standards you frequently use are updated.  Now that you know what the revision means, you’ll be glad to see it happening!

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ANSI/ESD STM97.2 2016 – ESD for floors and footwear

ANSI/ESD STM97.2, Standard Test Method for the Protection of Electrostatic Discharge Susceptible Items – Floor Materials and Footwear – Voltage Measurement in Combination with a Person, has been updated.  The new 2016 Edition is available from Document Center Inc. in either paper format or for pdf download.  The new revision replaces the previous 2006 Edition which is now withdrawn.

The ANSI/ESD STM97.2 is a test method standard.  It defines procedures for measuring voltage accumulation on people in combination with their footwear and the floor materials they contact.  This is an environment specific test, using controlled laboratory conditions.  You’ll use it to confirm your footwear/flooring system is appropriate for the control static electricity in sensitive work areas.

ESD control (the reduction or avoidance of static electricity) is essential in any number of work areas.  The build up of static can cause discharges that can negatively affect products and people.  This means that there are many aspects to good ESD control.  And the ESDA (Electrostatic Discharge Association) has relevant standards for many solutions to these issues.

What are the changes in the new 2016 Edition?  Your committee has listed these at the end of the publication.  They include updates for all references to “footwear/flooring.”  Revisions were also made to the following sections: 5.1.1, 5.1.3,, and

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IEC 61010-1 Updated – Measurement equipment safety

IEC 61010-1, Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use – Part 1: General requirements, has been updated with the release of Amendment 1 for Edition 3.0.  You have the choice of purchasing the amendment separately or getting the consolidated Edition 3.1, the 3rd Edition and it’s amendment interfiled into 1 document.

One nice feature of IEC consolidated editions is that they are actually redlined.  This means that all changes from the previous edition will be highlighted to make identification easier.  Of course, getting the amendment by itself will also allow you to see changes as well.  However, integrating those changes into the document by hand is laborious.

If you are unsure what the IEC 61010-1 covers, here is a brief description.  It covers general safety requirements for:

  • Electrical test and measurement equipment
  • Electrical industrial process-control equipment
  • Electrical laboratory equipment

The Edition 3.0 expanded the scope of the document to include all locations where these types of equipment are used, both professional and non-professional.  The section on measuring and testing circuits was removed (and now can be found in IEC 61010-2-030).  Insulation requirements were also completely rewritten.  Other major updates are noted in the introductory material.

The Amendment 1 for the Edition 3.0 is approximately 25 pages of additional changes.  These range from corrections and additions to the referenced documents section to specific updates to the various tests.  And a number of the Annexes were revised as well.

The IEC 61010-1 is an important standard, used in organizations in a wide range of industries around the world.  You will not be complete and correct until you purchase a copy of the new Amendment or the consolidated Edition 3.1 and update your processes.  IEC requests that you use an  authorized distributor like Document Center Inc. for your purchases of these publications.

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IEC TS 62844 – Nanotechnology Quality and Risk Assessment

IEC TS 62844 Nanotechnology Technical Specification has just been released.  It is titled Guidelines for quality and risk assessment for nano-enabled electrotechnical products.  This publication is specifically directed at nanoindustrial companies.  It will help those in this field protect workers and customers alike by assessing both the performance and risks associated with their products.  And it provides a structure for further standards development.

Standardization often begins with high level documents like this.  As a start to the process, developing a reference model provides a high level framework for further development.  It also helps all stakeholders understand the issues at hand.  And such a publication can encourage the community of users to start including specific factors in their business processes.

In the case of IEC TS 62844, the specification encourages the adoption of EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) management practices.  And it brings forward special requirements specifically for nanotechnology.  Then with this framework in mind, further product-specific standards can be developed.

The IEC TS 62844 opens with a general review of quality and risk assessment.  It then moves into a discussion of the same for NE (nano-enabled electrotechnical) products.  The technical portion of the publication finishes off with a section on the special assessment requirements for these NE products.

There are 4 informative Annexes.  They are primarily addressing issues that future standards developers will need to consider.  The first is on the general approach and rationale.  Annex B provides general guidance for stakeholder’s declaration.  Annex C is on guidance for determination of correlative indicators.  Finally, Annex D provides steps for compiling the stakeholder’s declaration.  A 2-page bibliography completes the document.

If you’re involved in nano-technology (and possibly in standards development in this area), you’ll want a copy of this technical specification.  IEC specifically requests that you use an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc.  You can search for and order IEC (and many more) standards at our website, www.document-center.com.  Here is a link directly to the order page for IEC TS 62844 for your convenience.

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ISO 17776 Update – Petroleum Drilling Hazard Management

ISO 17776, Petroleum and natural gas industries – Offshore production installations – Major accident hazard management during the design of new installations, has been updated.  The new 2nd Edition was released at the end of 2016 and is a technical revision.  It specifically offers requirements and guidance for avoiding major accident (MA) hazards for new offshore installations for petroleum and natural gas.

How does ISO 17776 do this?  First, it provides requirements for identifying those MA hazards and their causes.  Then it discusses how to assess such hazards for both likelihood and for consequences.  It provides guidance on developing your strategies for managing these types of hazards.  Then it reviews the measures needed both in design and throughout the lifecycle for successful control.

You’ll find the information covers a series of landmarks in the design and construction process.  Each section is arranged to first tackle the issue of objectives and goals.  Then the functional requirements are specified.  At the end of the standard, Annexes provide specific guidelines to support the functional requirements.  These cover such areas as MA management identification and evaluation tools and barrier system performance standards.  Please note:  The ISO 17776 should be used along with ISO 13702 and ISO 15544.

The new 2nd Edition is a technical revision.  It replaces the now obsolete 1st Edition from 2000.  The revision’s title provides you with insight into the changes that are now in the new update.  Formerly the document addressed “tools and techniques for hazard identification and risk assessment.”  Now, as noted above, it focuses in on “MA hazard management during the design of new installations.”

If you’re using this publication or are involved in the design of offshore oil and gas drilling, you’ll want a copy of this new standard.  Use an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc. for your purchase.  You can search for and order ISO standards (and many others) on our website, www.document-center.com.  Here is a direct link to the order page for ISO 17776 for your convenience.

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ISO 3864-2 2016 Update

ISO 3864-2, Graphical symbols – Safety colours and safety signs – Part 2: Design principles for product safety labels, has been updated.  The 2nd Edition (2016) is available now from Document Center Inc. in both paper and pdf formats.  You can also include it in our enterprise cloud service, Standards Online.  The document provides you with additional layouts for product safety labels described in ISO 3864-1.

What should safety signs and labels show?  Per ISO 3864-2, you’ll want to communicate the severity level of the hazard and supplementary information in either word or symbol form.  To make such signs and labels “universal,” ISO has standardized a variety of layouts and symbols.  And of course, safety communications can also occur in product documentation.

This means that you will need to not only generate a label, but will need to consider such factors as the level of risk associated with your product and how much of a warning is appropriate.  Additionally, regulatory requirements in the various jurisdictions where your product will be sold or used should also be taken into account.

The use of a standard like ISO 3864-2 means that you will be in line with industry best practices when it comes to product labeling.  You will be alerting users to specific hazards and identifying how they can be avoided.  You’ll certainly be using it for consumer products and industrial equipment.

The standard provides you with guidance on safety colors, the use of hazard severity panels, and the types and layout of safety labels.  4 Annexes cover increasing the recognition of label components, translation of “signal” words, examples of safety labels, and special attention to the color orange.  A 12-item bibliography completes the 26 page publication.

There are technical changes in this 2016 Edition, which means that it cancels and replaces the previous 1st Edition and it’s amendment.  So if you are using this standard you’ll need to get a copy of the new update.  Choose Document Center Inc. for your purchase.  We have been working with standards since 1982 and are an authorized distributor of the ISO publications.  Search for and order standards from a wide variety of sources at our website, www.document-center.com.  Here is a direct link to the order page for ISO 3864-2 for your convenience.

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