Please review the list below of TÜV SÜD America's insightful White Papers. Our White Papers are provided at no cost to you and showcase our commitment to help strengthen the competitiveness of our customers worldwide with the most up-to-date and relevant industry information.
Seawater Immersion Testing of xEVs
What happens when hybrid electric and electric automobiles are accidentally submerged in seawater? Conventional vehicles impacted by natural occurances such as hurricanes and floods are usually recycled without the potential for serious hazards. But is this also true for electric and hybrid electric passenger vehicles? Recent testing conducted by TUV SUD is yielding data that may contribute to a better understanding of the potential risk of recycling xEVs following immersion in seawater.
This White Paper covers 8-test required according to the United Nations Manual of Tests and Criteria. Gain an understanding of new requirements for manufacturers of lithium batteries and devices powered by lithium batteries and the regulations for transporting batteries via aircraft for distribution.
The short history of lithium-ion battery development is one reason that the current state of cell penetration test specifications is substantially open to interpretation in test methodology. TÜV SÜD has pursued a path of continuous test methodology improvement for the cell penetration test over the last two years and has a robust repeatable process to support rapid cell development and verification testing.
The requirement for EV safety becomes a high-profile topic when a tragic event reaches the front pages. Attention focuses on the battery and high-voltage electrics of any EV involved in an accident or fire. These incidents can severely undermine all the organizations involved as well as the battery and electric vehicle industry. It is important to engineer-out battery hazards that abuse can provoke.
TÜV SÜD has evaluated modules from battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to determine their feasibility in so called “second life” applications. Preliminary results suggest that used BEV battery modules may possess sufficient energy storage capacity to provide backup capacity for residential systems intended to store electrical energy generated from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. This thesis is currently being evaluated under real world conditions in the “Efficiency House Plus” experiment in Germany, where a unit comprised of used BEV battery modules has been installed to store energy generated by the house’s solar panel installation.
Servoelectric vs servohydraulic technologies in automotive buzz, squeak and rattle (BSR) testing
For more than 40 years, servohydraulic four poster test systems have been vital to the evaluation and testing of automotive components and designs, and have contributed to major improvements in automotive safety and quality. However, in recent years, the introduction of four posters based on servoelectric technology have provided manufacturers and testing organisations with greater testing flexibility and improved testing performance, while also offering significant improvements in energy efficiency and reduced environmental risks. This TÜV SÜD white paper offers an in-depth discussion of the various components, limitations, and advantages of servohydraulic and servoelectric technologies in four poster systems used in automotive testing.
ATEX and IECEx: Manufacturing explosion-proof equipment to world-class safety requirements
Depending upon the Zone of usage, electrical, electronic and mechancial equipment intended for use in potentially hazardous environments must be independently evaluated for their impact on overall safety. The European Union’s ATEX Directive and the IECEx Certified Product Scheme are two assessment routes used for the safety of equipment used in such environments. This white paper provides an overview of these two routes and provides answers to frequently asked questions.
ISO 26262 compliance: Addressing the compliance complexity of safety-relevant electronic and electrical systems
An increasing number of high profile recalls have proved that even industry leaders in automotive technology are not immune to functional safety issues. ISO 26262 provides an automotive safety lifecycle that covers management, development, production, operation, service and decommissioning.
Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers risk losing their competitive advantage if they fail to implement the requirements of ISO 26262. They also often approach functional safety as an afterthought following product development, rather than as an integral part of the design process, spending millions of dollars rectifying issues, rather than avoiding them from the start.
This whitepaper gives an overview of how the automotive industry can address this challenge to help minimise the risks of product liability and ensure continued profitability.
ISO 50001: Establishing an ISO 50001 Energy Management System
This white paper provides an overview of ISO 50001 and details the key steps necessary to establish and operate an effective energy management system consistent wit the framework outlined in the standard
ISO 9001:2015 – Demonstrating commitment to continuous improvement
ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely adopted quality management system (QMS) standard. To ensure that the standard remains relevant and reflects the changing needs of the global marketplace, the ISO 9001 underwent a major revision on 15th September 2015, the final result of a multi-year process involving representatives from ISO member countries and stakeholders from around the world. This whitepaper outlines the key updates, giving an overview of the various changes that will impact an organization’s quality management approach and the benefits it delivers.
ISO 14001 - the international standard for environmental management is the most widely recognised environmental management system (EMS) standard in the world. On 15th September 2015, a new version of the standard was published. This white paper outlines the key changes, offering an essential insight for those wishing to be certified as ISO 14001
The emerging regulatory landscape for unmanned aircraft systems
This white paper provides an overview of the current state of global regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and offers a detailed look at the EASA’s proposal for common rules for UAS. The paper begins with information on the recent and anticipated growth of their use, and illustrates the various safety challenges emerging from that growth. The paper then discusses the specifics of the EASA’s proposal. The white paper concludes with the likely impact of future regulations on manufacturers of UAS and information on how TÜV SÜD can assist manufacturers in achieving compliance with current and emerging requirements.
Damage of electrical and electronic systems and components from electrostatic discharge (ESD) represents a significant source of waste for the electronics industry, and can compromise the quality and usefulness of electrical and electronic products. A formal ESD facility control program can help reduce the incidence of component damage resulting from ESD, increase production throughput rates and minimize the likelihood of defect products reaching the market. Certification to ANSI/ESD S20.20 serves as an independent verification of the quality and effectiveness of an ESD control program.
This white paper takes a concise, yet detailed look at the upcoming ISO 9001:2015 revision. The standard, although still a draft at the point of this writing, includes various changes that impact quality management. This white paper can be used as a primer for organizations looking to implement and certify their quality management system, and is a valuable resource for those already certified, but want to know how these new revisions will affect their current system.
This white paper takes a concise, yet detailed look at the upcoming ISO 14001:2015 revision. The revision of ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Systems is targeted for release in late 2015, and is expected to include a number of important changes from the existing version of the standard. These changes are likely to require organizations currently certified to the existing requirements to undertake specific actions to maintain certification. While these changes are still in draft, organizations currently holding ISO 14001 certification should consider planning now for the transition to the new version of the standard.
ISO 14001 - Environmental Management for the Medical Manufacturing Industry
This white paper provides an overview of the requirements of ISO 14001, and details the steps for implementing an EMS and obtaining ISO 14001 certification and registration. The paper is intended for manufacturers and distributors of medical devices, as well as suppliers and subcontract manufacturers.
Language Translation Services and EN 15038:2006 Certification
As the volume of content requiring translation grows, so too do concerns regarding translation quality. Increasingly, translation service providers (TSPs) are seeking independent, third-party certification to demonstrate compliance with applicable translation quality standards. Quality certification demonstrates a provider's formal commitment to delivering quality services, and can provide an important advantage in a competitive marketplace. This white paper provides an overview of the quality standards applicable to language translation services, and discusses the value of certification to EN 15038:2006.
The TÜV SÜD Safety Gauge research is the first of its kind to investigate corporate product safety practices alongside consumer attitudes and expereinces in the children's products, food products and consumer electronics sectors.
In this white paper, we examine the potential safety and reliability aspects for wearable devices, and detail the types of testing that manufacturers should consider in their effort to bring safe and reliable wearables to market.
As digitalization and automation progress, electrical, electronic or programmable electronic systems (E/E/PES) are used increasingly in the field of safety applications. Growing complexity and connectivity bring new requirements for the functional safety of systems and power plant technology, with previously separate applications growing closer together. Given this, interdisciplinary expertise is increasingly important to ensure safety and dependability of systems. As a result, new applications of functional safety are emerging, such as collaborative robots which work hand in hand with humans.
This white paper provides an overview of the common practices and aspects to tackle various challenges and key aspects when innovative products are launched into the global markets and how TÜV SÜD can help in the process.
IT security is facing expanding challenges in the age of digitalization, but many organizations are still not prepared for the increased regulation level and threat landscape. This white paper covers the definition of critical infrastructure across countries and discusses the importance of taking a holistic approach in the development and deployment of an effective IT security strategy. The paper provides an overview of the current situation regarding cyber attacks, discusses the various types of cyber threats, and the potential consequences of an inadequate IT security strategy. It also provides details on the increasing global regulation level by countries and consequently, the needs for critical infrastructure industries to adopt the specific steps to implement such a strategy.
ISO 27001: Information Security and the Road to Certification
An information security management system (ISMS) is an essential part of an organization’s defense against cyberattacks and data breaches. ISO/IEC 27001 provides a critical framework for the development and implementation of an effective ISMS. Certification to ISO/IEC 27001 can reduce overall information security risks, ease compliance with applicable security regulations and requirements, and help organizations foster the development of a culture of security.
Embedded Systems Cyber Security White Paper Series
We are being thrust into the Smart Grid age. One new risk is that Smart Grids are vulnerable to cyber-tampering. Cyber-physical systems such as the power grid are not immune to cyber attack. Not only can hackers destroy equipment, but they can also cause service failures. Manufacturers, Integrators, and Operators of Smart Grids dare not ignore the risk.
Compendium of U.S. Energy Efficiency Programs for Lighting Products
The U.S. effort to achieve energy independence depends in no small part on increasing the energy efficiency of products that use electricity. New federally mandated lighting standards are now in place that will gradually replace inefficient lighting products over the next few years with more efficient technologies.
Energy Efficient Lighting: A compendium of global energy efficiency regulations and programs for lighting products
As new, more energy-efficient lighting technologies move into the mainstream, major jurisdictions around the world are implementing voluntary and mandatory regulations setting minimum energy efficiency requirements for various categories of lighting products. In addition, voluntary programs have created incentives for manufacturers to introduce even more energy-efficient lighting products. This white paper provides a summary of key regulations and voluntary programs addressing energy-efficient lighting products.
Accessing International Markets with a Compliance Management Strategy
Today's global economy offers incomparable opportunities for manufacturers seeking access to new markets around the world. However, the absence of uniform product safety and quality standards requires businesses to stay abreast of rapidly changing regulations for individual countries-an arduous task. The laborious process of accessing standards across countries makes the barrier to entry high for even the most promising product.
Medical Device Packaging and Next Generation Tyvek®
A significant modification in the technology used in the manufacture of Tyvek® material will now require manufacturers of currently approved Tyvek®-based products to re-evaluate them for continued compliance with applicable standards and regulations. This white paper presents the details of the production transition regarding Tyvek®, and summarises the likely steps necessary to ensure the continued recognition of previously approved medical devices and packaging that incorporate Tyvek® material.
Dust to Bust: Avoiding combustible dust losses through multi-layered solutions
While safety standards and regulations surrounding combustible dust hazards have been in practice for decades, combustible dust fires and explosions continue to occur, causing extensive property damage, worker injuries and fatalities. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s new "Call to Action" focused on combustible dusts hazards further exemplify the need for continued awareness, protection, and prevention of these tragedies.
Taking advantage of the opportunities in today’s global marketplace also means implementing effective tools to manage and monitor workplace health and safety issues among supply chain partners, regardless of their location. When published in 2016, ISO 45001 will be the first internationally-accepted standard to provide a comprehensive framework for management systems addressing occupational health and safety issues. As such, it represents a significant step in the overall effort to improve occupational health and safety standards worldwide and to reduce worker deaths and injuries attributable to unsafe working conditions.
With LTE leading the 4G charge into a new era of mobility, business and consumers are exploring new ways for improving convenience, socializing, and doing business. Some frontrunners are even changing the way we live, play and work with innovations that transform everyday items into informational devices. The strong interest in 4G has accelerated its migration and increased its shaping in our everyday lives. But these LTE benefits do come with costs.
A New Frequency: Compliance with the Radio Equipment Directive
From 13 June 2016, the European Union’s new Radio Equipment Directive will become applicable to radio equipment. All radio receivers, including broadcast radio and, for the first time, television receivers fall within its scope.
The Radio Equipment Directive replaces the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive, which has been the required method for manufacturers to test and show compliance of any radio and telecoms equipment that is sold across Europe since 2000. There are some major changes, and the entire supply chain, as well as Notified Bodies and market surveillance authorities, must be ready for when the Directive is fully in place.