Verizon’s annual NEBS meeting in Baltimore, Maryland with ITL Labs was last week, and MET Labs’ NEBS guru Troy Franklin was there. Following are highlights from his notes.
NEBS Personnel Changes
Verizon NEBS Program Head Howard Davis has exited the NEBS group, assuming leadership of Verizon’s Optical Systems Testing team in Baltimore.
Andy Marquis, from Verizon’s Waltham, Massachusetts office, is now heading the NEBS group.
Todd Talbot will continue to lead the NEBS Conference, which is October 23-24 in Las Vegas.
Product Field Failures
Verizon has been stung by NEBS product field failures, due to occasional insufficient manufacturer documentation of engineering change notices (ECNs) and product change notifications (PCNs). Going forward, Verizon will scrutinize test reports for proper documentation of product or component changes.
Data Center Requirements/GR-3160-CORE
Telcordia is inviting vendors and labs to participate in the rewrite of GR-3160-CORE: NEBS Requirements for Telecommunications Data Center Equipment and Spaces. The participation fee is $7,000.
Unresolved is whether a data center should be treated the same as a central office, or whether data center equipment should be subjected to less-than-full NEBS requirements.
GR-63-CORE Issue 4 Acceptance
Verizon now accepts the GR-63-CORE Issue 4 testing, as detailed in this previous post. Issue 4 report templates will be available June 25. GR-63-CORE Issue 3 testing will no longer be accepted after October 31, 2012.
Verizon is seeking to trim the NEBS template to simplify the reporting, and has asked ITLs to assist in devising a new format.
Energy efficiency is a priority for Verizon due to its direct effect on revenue.
Verizon has adopted the ATIS series documents for energy efficiency testing.
For the TEEER program, Verizon is considering allowing testing at the vendor’s facility due to the high cost of transporting large-scale systems to the test lab.
Verizon is working on a revision to the lead-free test requirements of VZ.TPR.9307 to make it less cumbersome and expensive.
The salt fog requirement of VZ.TPR.9307 for central office equipment is no longer applicable.
Verizon is working on a new TPR for wireless devices to be used in the central office, to test immunity of intentional radiators.
Verizon is seeing interference issues with DVRs, routers, and set -top boxes when they are being operated next to wireless devices, like cell phones and Wi-Fi equipment.
Verizon ITL Member Change
Garwood Laboratories is no longer a part of the Verizon ITL program.
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Yesterday was the first day of ICPHSO’s 2012 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida. As a product safety certification body, MET Labs is participating.
The first day was “Manufacturers Day.” For electronics manufacturers, the most relevant presentations focused on new supply chain disclosure requirements, and factors in standards development.
Here are the key points from the supply chain disclosure panel:
With its REACH and RoHS requirements, Europe has the most stringent requirements in this area.
The U.S. is following, with California leading the way. Four states have ‘green chemistry’ laws: California, Washington, Wisconsin and Maine. An additional nine states had green chemistry laws introduced in 2011/2012: Maryland, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon and Alaska.
As covered in Compliance Today previously, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will soon implement reporting requirements for four conflict minerals. This regulation will go into effect when the SEC hammers out the details, sometime before June 2012.
Manufacturers are struggling to do this tracking, although the limited number of global smelters helps. Peggy Fowler, Walmart’s Senior Director of Corporate Product Safety and Regulatory Compliance, says companies should demonstrate due diligence steps, even if not all information is known.
Here are key points from a presentation on standard development:
A risk assessment looks at the frequency of an injury and its severity. Also, who is at risk? The EU RAPEX approach is a good model.
Don Talka, UL VP, gives an example of hair dryers:
- Frequency of injury: low
- Severity of injury: high (death)
- At risk: children
- Injury probability: high if device falls into bath tub
- Perceived cost of implementing fix: high – sometimes doubling cost of product
- Resolution: multiple steps were taken to safely allow full immersion
Have a thorough understanding of issue:
- Accept there is a problem
- Do a root cause analysis based on HBSE principles
- Discuss in a balanced group (STP or task group)