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FAA and EASA Accept RTCA/DO-160 Test Reports from Accredited and Non-Accredited Labs

Despite some reports to the contrary, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will accept RTCA/DO-160 commercial aircraft equipment test reports from accredited and non-accredited labs. Accreditation is a 3rd party assessment of a laboratory’s quality systems, processes, and documentation.  Accreditation assures a minimum level of competence, but it does... Read More

NFPA 790 and NFPA 791 Now a Criterion for Field Evaluation Bodies

In the U.S. workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that all electrical equipment be safety certified.  Many state, county and local jurisdictions also have similar requirements. However, equipment is sometimes installed that has not been certified or has been modified after installation.   Then, a field evaluation may be necessary, as determined by... Read More

ENERGY STAR Certification to Combine CFLs and LEDs into Lamp Specification

As mentioned previously, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is combining the scope of the Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) and Integral LED Lamps specifications into one technology-neutral Lamps specification. EPA held a webinar on August 8, 2012 to describe some of the requirements of this Lamps Draft 2 specification.     Following is a summary of some of the... Read More

Hardware Returns to Silicon Valley

In recent years, software has been king in Silicon Valley.  Now the pendulum is swinging back, and hardware is taking center stage again, says Bloomberg Businessweek. The strongest evidence is the tablet war, which has been dominated by Apple’s iPad.  Now, however, all the big players are piling in.  Within two weeks of each other,... Read More