EN 16247 has new parts 2, 3, and 4 – Energy Audits

July 11th, 2014

Energy conservation, confirmed by the use of energy audits, is on the minds of  standards developers these days, which means that regulators and industry are ready to take action.  Now there’s 3 new European standards directly addressing the topic.  They are part of the EN 16247 series and have just been released.  Each complements the EN 16247-1, “Energy audits. General requirements,” from 2012.  Let’s review the new editions:

EN 16247-2, Energy audits. Buildings

This European Standard is applicable to specific energy audit requirements in buildings. It specifies the requirements, methodology and deliverables of an energy audit in a building or group of buildings. It does not include individual private homes.  But it may cover multi-dwelling apartment blocks where communal services are supplied from a landlord.  You’ll use it in conjunction with EN 16247-1, as with all the documents we’re reviewing today.

EN 16247-3, Energy audits. Processes

You’ll be using this part of the EN 16247 series when energy is used for industrial processes.  The standard provides you with a way of organizing and conducting the audit, analyzing the data, and reporting and documenting the audit findings.

EN 16247-4, Energy audits. Transport

Again, the new standard is to be used in conjunction with EN 16247-1.  It applies to all modes of transportation, like road, rail, sea and aviation.  Range (distance) and cargo (goods and/or people) do not affect the audit.

Part 4 again provides the requirements, methodology and deliverables for energy auditing.  It addresses optimization of energy for each mode of transport and the selection of the best method for transportation in general.  It is strictly used for the mode of transport itself — there’s no upstream requirements regarding how the energy for the transport is generated, etc.

You should note that the energy audit for components of a specific form of transport may end up being covered by one of the other parts.  For example, an airport would also be covered by both part 2 (buildings) and part 3 (processes like the elevators, escalators, and baggage movers).

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New AAMI TIR56 – Medical Device Sterilization

July 10th, 2014

There’s a lot of activity right now for the sterilization of medical devices and we’re starting off our reviews of these publications with the AAMI TIR56.  This new release, “Guidance for the development, validation and routine control of an ethylene oxide sterilization process utilizing flexible bag systems for the sterilization of medical devices,” is a first edition.  It provides a methodology for ethylene oxide sterilization that differs from the ISO 11135 (new edition just released as well).

This new AAMI guidance document is a response to the July 2014 update of the ISO 11135.  That’s because the new ISO edition does not cover sterilization by injecting EO directly into individual product packages or a flexible chamber.  So the TIR56 (Technical Information Report) provides immediate guidance while specific issues continue to be worked out at the international level.

Methods in the new TIR56 use processes based only on gas injection by weight, variable, or diminishing ethylene oxide (EO) concentrations.  These concentrations are measured in the atmosphere external to the package but internal to the flexible bag sterilization system that’s part of the design of the method.

You’ll also find that the approaches to validation, routine monitoring, and control of cycles may differ significantly from the ISO 11135 as well.  A number of special equipment designs used to remove EO from the flexible sterilization bag are also different from the ISO standard.   This means that there’s also a different set of ways to identify worst-case aeration processes and subsequent validation.

Another difference is that for some process designs, the effectiveness of the sterilization is based on storage conditions and time.  Or sterilization provided during the storage period within the sterilization/aeration cabinets may also act simultaneously in providing the aeration method.

The introduction notes that there are still some open issues in the use of EO sterilization in flexible packaging.  One centers on the safety in the workplace issues surrounding the use of EO.  You’ll have to look to other resources to address this problem.  Another deals with the lack of documentation on the efficacy or repeatability of EO use in this application.  The committee that developed the TIR expects that as the process is used, more information on this topic will be generated.

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New IEEE 802 2014 Edition updates LAN Standard

July 9th, 2014

The IEEE 802 and it’s series of companion standards are the basis for all local area networks (LANs), as well as metropolitan area networks (MANs).  As the overview document, IEEE 802 provides the foundation for the use of the many documents in the series.  The new 2014 Edition, titled “IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks: Overview and Architecture,” is the first major re-write of the standard since 2001.  It not only replaces the previous edition, but also IEEE 802a and IEEE 802b, two amending documents for the IEEE 802.

In the new revision, you’ll find new information about physical layer addressing and universal addressing.  There’s information about the IEEE Registration Authority (RA) as well.  And the document has been extensively rewritten to update the information on protocol identification using the EtherType.

The referenced documents section has also been updated to reflect the cancellation of some of the series documents.  This includes IEEE 802.5 and IEEE 802.2.  Another change is the addition of wireless standards.  Your Annex D provides you with a complete list of the IEEE 802 series itself, so you can easily see what current standards address the wide variety of interfaces, security issues, and types of networks used by LANs and MANs.

You’ll also be pleased to know that there’s a new Annex B with specific reference models for the IEEE 802 standards.  This section goes through a variety of standards in the series, providing you with basic information on both the data link layer and the physical layer, as well as distribution system models, etc., as appropriate.  You’ll also find a new Annex C in this edition, which gives you examples of bit ordering for addresses.

Networking has undergone significant changes since 2001.  This new edition of the IEEE 802 provides an overview that takes these many changes into account.  You’ll want a copy, and you can purchase your authorized edition from Document Center Inc.  Go to our webstore at www.document-center.com.  You’ll be able to order the document in paper format or for pdf download.  It comes with our superior notification service, so you’ll always be updated when the document is modified or revised.

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New ISO 50002 – Auditing requirements for energy performance

July 8th, 2014

You’ve decided to improve the energy performance of your organization — to reduce the costs of energy consumption and to promote “green” practices with both environmental and customer relationship benefits.  You need a way to set your course for continual improvement in this area.  And you need a way to measure your results on a regular basis.  You’ve turned to the ISO 50001, “Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use” for planning.  To measure your results, there’s a new ISO 50002 companion document, “Energy audits – Requirements with guidance for use.”

As they say, if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.  So for every management system, there must be a corresponding auditing standard.  This new ISO 50002 covers the requirements that support energy management systems.  When you’re ready to take the plunge and start auditing your energy system, this is the document you’ll use.

Your audit will be a detailed analysis of the energy performance of your organization — from the equipment and processes to general efficiency and consumption.  You’ll identify and prioritize opportunities to improve performance and reduce waste.  And you’ll have supporting documentation to show related environmental benefits.  Recommendations from the audit will be ranked to help you identify where the most likely candidates for both energy performance and financial improvements lie.

You’ll get detailed information on what to expect from your energy auditor and the audit they’ll perform.  And the audit itself is covered in detail.  You’ll learn how the audit is planned, what kinds of data collection and meetings will take place, how the data will be analyzed, and what your report will include.  Annex A gives you a roundup of the types of audits you can choose from, as well as an overview of things you need to consider in mapping out your approach to an audit.  The bibliography finishes up with 12 related standards you may find to be useful.

More standards in the series are under development and should be released soon.  These include:

  • ISO 50003, Energy management systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems
  • ISO 50004, Energy management systems – Guidance for the implementation, maintenance and improvement of an energy management system
  • ISO 50006, Energy management systems – Measuring energy performance using energy baselines (EnB) and energy performance indicators (EnPI) – General principles and guidance
  • ISO 50015, Energy management systems – Measurement and verification of energy performance of organizations – General principles and guidance

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New Draft for ISO 13485 Medical Device Quality

July 7th, 2014

ISO 13485, “Medical Devices – Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Regulatory Purposes,” is one of our top-selling medical device standards here at Document Center Inc.  So our customers appreciate knowing that there’s a draft copy available.  By purchasing a copy, they get a preview of changes and a chance to comment on them.  It keeps folks who use this standard from being blindsided by the changes in a new edition.

The public review draft for ISO 13485 has a comment period that ends July 20th of this year.  It is a technical change, and the draft is 192 pages long compared with the 64 pages of the 2nd edition that’s it is intended to replace.  It’s numbered ISO/DIS 13485, with the DIS signifying that it’s at the public review stage (Draft International Standard).

As you can see, this is a massive re-write of the standard.  These changes occur throughout the document and would be challenging to follow were it not for the Annex A and Annex B.  The Annex A compares the new ISO/DIS 13485 to the ISO 9001 from 2008, clause by clause, so you can see how they relate to each other.  The Annex B does the same thing for the previous edition of the ISO 13485 (2nd Edition) to the new proposed 3rd Edition.   Of course, there’s a new draft edition (ISO/DIS-9001) for the ISO 9001 which is intended on replacing the document next year, so there are sure to be more changes later on…

Another wonderful feature of the ISO draft standard is the inclusion of 3 Annexes that provide information on the relationship of the ISO adoption by the European Union’s standards body and three applicable EU Directives — 90/385/EEC on active implantable medical devices, 93/42/EEC for medical devices, and 98/79/EC for in-vitro medical devices.  These are the Annexes ZA, ZB, and ZC that are seen in the various national publications of the EN ISO 13485 standard.

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New AWS B2.1/B2.1M 2014 Edition for Welding Qualifications

July 3rd, 2014

The AWS B2.1/B2.1M is a set of rules for qualifying welders, welding operators, and welding procedures themselves.  First introduced in 1984 (as AWS B2.1), the standard also is accompanied by a series of Standard Welding Procedure Specifications (SWPSs).  Now there’s a new 6th Edition of this standard and it’s available from Document Center Inc.  It’s got a variety of updates and it replaces the 5th Edition from 2009, which is now obsolete.

You’ll use this specification in almost every situation requiring the qualification of welders and welding procedures.  It applies to manual, semiautomatic, mechanized, and automatic welding. It’s 322 pages in length and covers the following welding processes:

  • electrogas welding
  • electron beam welding
  • electroslag welding
  • flux cored arc welding
  • gas metal arc welding
  • gas tungsten arc welding
  • laser beam welding
  • oxyfuel gas welding
  • plasma arc welding
  • shielded metal arc welding
  • stud arc welding
  • submerged arc welding

Another nice feature is that the specification contains a series of examples for you to use at the end of the document.  These are for such things as a Performance Qualification Test Record, a Welding Procedure Specification and a Procedure Qualification Record.

For your convenience, the changes in this new edition are marked with vertical lines in the margins.  They include updated materials and definitions, the addition of NAVSEA/MIL and ABS Standards to the referenced documents, editorial corrections and corrections to some figures, and the qualification of multiple welders on a single test weldment.

Welding is an essential skill in many industries, and management needs to be assured of appropriate processes and results.  The user of the AWS B2.1/B2.1m and the corresponding SWPSs has a methodology for confirming the level of quality of the welders and procedures being provided.

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New ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code for 2014

July 2nd, 2014

The popular Code on Power Piping, ASME B31.1, has just been revised and will start shipping next month.  It’s used by manufacturers, designers, operators and owners of piping systems for steam, water, oil, gas, air services and more.  Regulators rely on the code as well!  You’ll find it frequently referenced in the BPVC (Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code) Section I.  And it’s a companion to the ASME B31.3 on process piping.

You’ll use the ASME B31.1 for piping systems in electric power generating plants, industrial and institutional plants, geothermal heating systems, and central and district heating and cooling systems.  The standard provides the minimum requirements for design, materials, fabrication, construction, testing, inspection, operation and maintenance of this type of system.  You’ll also find information on boiler-external piping for power boilers and high-temperature, high pressure water boilers.

What kinds of updates can you expect to find in this new revision?  The rules for nonmetallic piping and piping lined with nonmetals have been updated to a mandatory appendix (previously non-mandatory.)  Part of Appendix V has also been made mandatory by inclusion in chapter 7.  Preheat and post weld heat treatment rules have been reformatted.  The new tabular format provides greater clarity for you, the user.  And chapter 5 has been expanded by the inclusion of cold forming rules for creep strength enhanced ferritic steels.

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New IEEE C63.4 2014 on Electronics Equipment Noise Emissions

July 1st, 2014

There’s a new IEEE C63.4 2014 Edition, “American National Standard for Methods of Measurement of Radio-Noise Emissions from Low-Voltage Electrical and Electronic Equipment in the Range of 9 kHz to 40 GHz.”  It’s the first update since 2009, and you’ll want to get a copy if you need to meet the requirements of 47 CFR Part 15, the FCC rules on radio emissions.  The new 170-page standard contains a wide range of revised sections, including the removal of Clause 13 on intentional radiators (now in IEEE C63.10.)

You’ll find new information in these areas:

  • The scope has been clarified with expanded text
  • There’s now information on the test setup for tablet PCs
  • Visual display information is added based on the size of the screen
  • Clause 4 and Annex H are clarified regarding the proper use of the average detector and frequency range
  • Table 1 has been replaced by 3 tables
  • Test site validation interval is added for sites used above 1 GHz.
  • Clause 5.5 is updated
  • Measurement instrumentation uncertainty using CISPR 16-4-2 or the IEEE C63.23 has been added
  • Annex D is harmonized with IEEE C63.5
  • Annex I is added for the application of C63.4 to U.S. and Canadian regulations
  • Annex J is added for guidance on the construction of nonconductive EUT (equipment under test) support tables
  • Annex N is added – Test site-specific hybrid antenna qualification procedures, limitations and acceptance criteria
  • The Bibliography and Keyword Annexes are moved to Annex O and Annex P respectively

Information on other technical changes can be found in the introduction to this new revision, along with an extensive history of the standard and it’s development.

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New MIL-STD-883 J with Notice 3 for Microcircuits

June 30th, 2014

MIL-STD-883, “Microcircuits,” has just been updated and the new Revision J with Change Notice 3 is available from Document Center Inc. in either paper format or for pdf download.  This update replaces Revision J with Change Notice 2 from March of this year.  Compliance by 12/17/2014 is mandatory.

This Test Method Standard is a mainstay of the electronics industry.  I’ve blogged about it a number of times (my most recent posting was on 3/24/2014).  It contains the various test methods that may be called out in government contacts for procuring microcircuits or products that contain microcircuits.

Changes in the Notice 3 are as follows:

  • Paragraph 4.7 has been changed to recommend the use of biobased materials to the maximum extent possible.
  • For Test Method 5004 on screening procures, there’s been a modification of Table 1 so that the requirements are aligned with those of MIL-PRF-38535.
  • Test Method 5005 on Qualification and Quality Conformance Procedures has been updated.  Tables 1 thru 5 have been harmonized with the requirements of MIL-PRF-38535 as well.

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New ISO 8098 3rd Edition released for Children’s Bikes

June 27th, 2014

The development and distribution of safe equipment for children is a top concern for industry and consumers alike.  So we’re always interested in standards that promote safety when it comes to products for kids.  The new ISO 8098 3rd Edition, “Cycles – Safety requirements for bicycles for young children,” is one such document.  It’s a major technical update for the standard and should be reviewed by bicycle manufacturers and regulators.

ISO 8098 is for bicycles marketed to children in the four- to eight-year-old range.  FYI:  Bicycles for children under four years of age are considered “toys” and those for children over eight are covered by the ISO-4210, “Cycles – Safety requirements for bicycles.”  And BMX cycles are also not included in this new update.

The 2014 edition for ISO 8098 expands the document and reorganizes the material it covers.  Rather than dividing subassemblies and test methods into two distinct sections, they are merged into the new “Requirements and test methods” Clause 4.  This means that for each of the components of a cycle, the requirements and tests to support that requirement are joined together.

New clauses have also been added for Instructions (Clause 5) and Marking (Clause 6).  Both requirements have been expanded, with new durability requirements (and tests) for marking included as well.

Another new feature of this edition is the addition of two annexes.  Annex A covers steering geometry and Annex B is on the verification of free fall velocity.  These two concepts were not addressed in previous editions.  The bibliography has been expanded from 3 documents to 9.

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