May 3rd, 2013
ISO 178 5th Edition, “Plastics – Determination of Flexural Properties,” has just been updated with the release of Amendment 1. This new amendment is available from Document Center Inc. in either paper or pdf format. It makes changes to ISO 178 and you’ll need to get a copy it order to be in compliance.
You’ll use ISO 178:2010 to test flexural strength, flexural modulus, and other aspects of the flexural stress/strain relationship in order to confirm that the material is appropriate for your application. It uses a freely supported beam, loaded at mid span (three-point loading test).
The amendment for this standard is purchased separately. It contains changes to the following sections of the standard:
- Page iv, Foreword
- Page 7, 5.5.1
- Page 11, 8.1 (replaces figure 5)
- Pages 10 to 11, 8.1
- Page 11, 8.2
- Page 15, 11 d)
As you can see, the changes are extensive, resulting in an 8-page amendment.
Remember, your copy of ISO 178 5th Edition is obsolete without this new amendment. You can purchase it and all ISO standards at the Document Center web store, www.document-center.com. Territorial restrictions may apply. If you prefer, you can always get in touch with us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (email@example.com). We’re your Standards Experts and we’re here to help you.
May 2nd, 2013
Here at Document Center, we often are asked very specific questions about standards. Just yesterday, a client asked me about the AMS 2405. He wanted to know what “Noncurrent” meant in the title.
“Do you remember the use of the phrase ‘Inactive for New Design’ in Mil Specs and Standards?” I queried. And of course, because this customer has been doing business with us since the 1980′s, he certainly did. ”Noncurrent is the SAE equivalent status.”
However there are some subtle differences in the two terms. A noncurrent standard is not recommended for new design, but still can be used. A document that is inactive for new design cannot be used for new design.
So the AMS 2405 has not been recommended for new design since 2000, when SAE released the notice of noncurrent status as AMS 2405 Revision C. We looked to see if SAE had suggested another standard for new design, but no. Our closest match was the AMS 2404.
It is not uncommon for standards users not to fully understand the administrative terminology that is used to describe the document by the issuing agency. If you ever have any questions about the status of a particular document, please get in touch with us. There are many situations where this type of confusion can negatively impact your business.
You can always use the Document Center webstore at www.document-center.com to place your orders and look up information on the standards you need. But you can also contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have.
May 1st, 2013
ISO 9660, “Information Processing – Volume and File Structure of CD-Rom for Information Interchange,” has just been modified by the release of a new Amendment 1. The new update is available from Document Center now in either paper or pdf format. ISO 9660 specifies the volume and file structure of compact read-only optical disks (CD-ROM) for the information interchange between information processing systems.
ISO 9660 was originally released as the ECMA 119, with the same title. ISO adopted the 2nd Edition of the ECMA document in 1988. This is the first modification of the standard since that time. The new amendment is intended to bring harmonization between ISO 9660:1988 and widely used “Joliet Specification.” It is 18 pages in length, so the update is extensive.
Changes to ISO 9660 center on the addition of an Enhanced Volume Descriptor. You’ll be able to find a complete list of how this addition modifies the document in the 4-page Annex B.
ISO 9660 is one of the many ISO standards available from Document Center Inc. at our webstore, www.document-center.com. Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (email@example.com). Territorial restrictions may apply. We’ve been an authorized reseller of ISO standards since the 1990′s and can assist you with any questions or requirements you may have.
April 30th, 2013
There’s a new ASME B16.5 2013 Edition, “Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings: NPS 1/2 through NPS 24 Metric/Inch Standard.” You can order it now from Document Center Inc. The new revision covers pressure-temperature ratings, materials, dimensions, tolerances, marking, testing, and methods of designating openings for pipe flanges and flanged fittings.
ASME B16.5 is limited to flanges and flanged fittings made from cast or forged materials, and blind flanges and certain reducing flanges made from cast, forged, or plate materials. Also included in this Standard are requirements and recommendations regarding flange bolting, flange gaskets, and flange joints.
- flanges with rating class designations 150, 300, 400, 600, 900, and 1500 in sizes NPS 1/2 through NPS 24 and flanges with rating class designation 2500 in sizes NPS 1/2 through NPS 12, with requirements given in both metric and U.S. Customary units with diameter of bolts and flange bolt holes expressed in inch units;
- flanged fittings with rating class designation 150 and 300 in sizes NPS 1/2 through NPS 24, with requirements given in both metric and U.S. Customary units with diameter of bolts and flange bolt holes expressed in inch units; and
- flanged fittings with rating class designation 400, 600, 900, and 1500 in sizes NPS 1/2 through NPS 24 and flanged fittings with rating class designation 2500 in sizes NPS 1/2 through NPS 12 that are acknowledged in Non-Mandatory Appendix E (with U.S. Customary units only.)
Document Center Inc. has been a reseller of the ASME standards since the 1980′s. You can purchase all current ASME standards and many obsolete editions at our webstore, www.document-center.com. Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’re here to assist you with all your standards requirements.
April 29th, 2013
There’s a new ASTM D4332 2013 Edition, “Standard Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing,” and you can buy it now from Document Center Inc. The standard covers the set up of standard and special conditioning and testing atmospheres to simulate particular field conditions that can affect a container, package, or packaging component while in use.
The reason that this test is useful is because many materials used for containers and packages (for example, cellulosic materials) are impacted by changes in the surroundings like temperature and relative humidity (RH). Once the package has been brought up to the condition that it is expected to encounter in use, then the required packaging tests can be run.
FYI: If you are testing fibreboard, you’ll need the ASTM D685 for the preconditioning requirement.
It’s been seven years since the ASTM D4332 was reviewed and twelve since it’s been revised. The previous ASTM D4332-01(R2006) Edition is now obsolete and replaced by the new ASTM D4332-13 Edition.
Want to see more standards on packaging? Take a look at our page for the ICS Code 55.020. It has a wide variety of packaging standards that you can purchase from Document Center Inc.
Order standards on our website, www.document-center.com. Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (email@example.com) if you prefer to work with one of our customer service reps. You’ll find we can help you with both the purchasing process and with any questions you may have about the standards you use.
April 26th, 2013
Looking for help with the Industry Standards you use in your business? Every day Document Center answers questions on Industry Standards that help people like you make good purchasing decisions. And what we notice is that we are one of the very few places you can find a Standards Expert anymore.
I can remember when I first took over Document Center in the 1980′s, it was not unusual to find customers with large standards libraries. And there might be several people in the organization who were tasked with the oversight of the collection. A company would have a legacy of standards expertise within the organization.
But the other day, one of my friends in the Dept. of Defense noted that one of the results of Mil Spec reform was a loss of the “institutional memory” of how things should be done in the organization with regards to the use of standards. And I think this is true in many companies who rely on outsourced standards collection services as well.
Successful use of standards is not only the adherence to an existing list of standards in your collection. It involves understanding what standards are being released in your area of interest, understanding the changes as new revisions are released, and keeping up with the evolving global regulatory environment.
Document Center provides a broad range of services to make sure you use standards in the best way possible to get the most out of your standards program. When you contact us, you can ask us questions about government and industry standards and know that we have the expertise to provide you with an answer.
And Document Center has our Standards Audit service which gives you a list of the items you need to avoid simple errors brought about by the use of incomplete or obsolete documents. We monitor Industry Standards with both our regular Notification service and our Premium StandardsAlert and StandardsExpress services. These programs notify you when changes to your standards collection occur, so you know how the documents you use are changing. And we offer a current awareness program StandardsInformer to help you keep up with the emerging developments and documents in your field.
The intelligent use of standards is more than just having documents available to your staff. Document Center is here to answer your questions about standards and to make sure that the benefits of standardization are maximized within your company.
Search for standards and more at our webstore, www.document-center.com. Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’re the go-to location for questions on standards!
April 24th, 2013
Another ISO standard in the 7870 series on Control Charts has been released. The new ISO 7870-2 1st Edition, “Control charts – Part 2: Shewhart control charts,” is available now from Document Center Inc. in both paper and pdf formats. This first edition establishes a guide to the use and understanding of the Shewhart control chart approach to the methods for statistical control of a process.
Control charts were initially proposed by Dr. Walter Shewhart in 1924. They are a graphical means to compare the actual state of a process against a predetermined process capability. They are used to detect unnatural patterns of variation in the process, which allows for the identification of problems and of ways to make improvements.
While the new ISO 7870-2 covers only the Shewhart system of charts, the ISO 7870 series itself covers Control charts in general. There are currently four accepted standards, one draft and one additional part in the works. Here’s the list:
Additionally, ISO 7870-5, “Control charts — Part 5: Specialized control charts,” is in draft format at this time, while an additional ISO 7870-6 covering EWMA control charts is also planned. FYI: ISO 7870-2 replaces the now obsolete ISO 8258:1991.
All current ISO standards (as well as many obsolete editions) can be purchased on Document Center’s website, www.document-center.com. Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (email@example.com). Territorial restrictions may apply.
April 23rd, 2013
ASTM F138-13, “Standard Specification for Wrought 18Chromium-14Nickel-2.5Molybdenum Stainless Steel Bar and Wire for Surgical Implants (UNS S31673),” has just been released. It is available now from Document Center Inc. in paper, pdf, and redline editions. The document covers the chemical, mechanical, and metallurgical requirements for wrought 18 chromium-14 nickel- 2.5 molybdenum stainless steel bar and wire used for the manufacture of surgical implants.
ASTM F138 was written to ensure consistent material, used either directly or as forged, in the manufacturing of medical devices. This low carbon alloy was chosen in order to avoid intergranular corrosion. The basis for the metallurgical requirements is the consensus that a homogeneous structure is superior in it’s resistance to corrosion and fatigue.
The current edition does allow for both inch-pound or SI units, although the user must choose one or the other of the two systems. This is to facilitate the transition by the medical materials industry to SI units by 2018.
The new 2013 edition replaces the earlier ASTM F138-08. Beyond the modifications to allow for the use of SI units, there are also new standards referenced and others removed in this edition. And Sections 10, 11.3 and 13 have been added/updated.
All current ASTM and many obsolete editions are available from Document Center’s website, www.document-center.com. Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’ve been providing ASTM standards under license agreement since the 1980′s and can assist you with the questions that may arise for these compliance documents.
April 22nd, 2013
Since it’s Earth Day, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss a new ISO standard that’s part of the project to standardize the calculation and evaluation of a building’s energy performance. The new document is ISO 12655:2013, “Energy performance of buildings – Presentation of measured energy use of buildings,” and it’s available now from Document Center Inc.
It’s an extension of ISO standards ISO/TR 16344 on common terms, definitions and symbols for the overall energy performance rating and certification, ISO 16343 on expressing energy performance and for energy certification of buildings (currently under development) and ISO 16346 on overall energy performance (also under development).
The new ISO 12655 provides classifications of building energy use by purpose, like lighting or heating. It also provides categories of energy use by boundaries either inside or outside of a building. These definitions, terms and procedures provide a platform for presenting the energy use in buildings in a consistent and uniform way.
This new standard is the way projects like the Bullit Building in Seattle can assess success with data collection, metering, statistics, audit and analysis. It is part of the continuing effort by ISO Committees TC 163, Thermal performance and energy use in the built environment and TC 205, Building environment design, to provide a path to reliable energy performance assessment and certification.
All ISO standards are available from Document Center’s webstore, www.document-center.com. Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (email@example.com). Our goal is to assist you not only with the standards currently in your collection, but to provide you with the latest information on new releases in your industry.