|Posted by [email protected] on November 22, 2013 at 1:30 AM||comments (1)|
Each year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted. This is equivalent to the total production of sub-Saharan Africa. We aims to combat food waste and loss, and encourage all of us to reduce our "foodprint". ISO standards can help us achieve this goal.
Global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, so it is important that we make it is as efficient as possible. The use of ISO standards increases efficiency and helps reduce unnecessary waste by harmonizing requirements and optimizing production processes.
Which standards can help?
Examples of standards that can help include management standards to optimize processes, such as ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 50001 (energy). In addition, ISO 14051 for material flow accounting helps business reduce waste and emissions while enhancing environmental performance.
ISO standards for water management also save precious resources. The future water footprint standard, ISO 14046, will help organizations keep track of water use. ISO is also developing ISO 16075-1, to encourage the reuse of wastewater in irrigation. With 70% of fresh water consumption being used for global food production, this could have a significant environmental impact.
ISO 14020, ISO 14021, ISO 14024 and ISO 14025 on environmental labelling can be used by organizations to communicate about their environmental impact so consumers can make informed choices.
|Posted by [email protected] on July 10, 2013 at 1:55 AM||comments (0)|
ISO 9001, Quality Management Systems - Requirements, has reached the Committee Draft stage of the revision process. Like all ISO standards, ISO 9001 undergoes a revision every five years to ensure it remains a useful tool.
Once the draft has been finalized and accepted, it is published and the date following the standard's number is updated (for example ISO 9001:2015).
We are expecting the new version of ISO 9001:2008 by the end of 2015. At that point there will be a transition period (usually two years) before ISO 9001:2008 officially becomes out of date.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 24, 2013 at 1:35 AM||comments (0)|
For generating electric power, wind farms are a source in which a group of wind turbines are rotated by the force of the blowing wind. We have for you a video of a wind farm in Jamnagar, State of Gujarat, India.
This wind farm is located in the Jamnagar district, on the way to Dwarka. Since it is a sprawling area of open flat land, there are several turbines seen rotating here, which in turn produces appreciable amount of electricity.
The view of so many wind turbines on the road side was so spectecular and lovely. Must see once.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 10, 2013 at 7:20 AM||comments (0)|
It will not be easy if you are used to dealing with an ISO 9001 QMS. ISO/IEC 17025 is far more prescriptive in its requirements and it also requires you to document everything.
The standard was written by techno weenies and we all learn early in our formal education that "if you did not write it down - it did not happen." The standard reflects that approach.
Other than the normal QMS issues you will encounter, the single biggest hurdles are going to be three things:
First - uncertainty of measurement will have to be estimated for all quantitative results. There are international guides on the subject, but it will take time.
Second - traceability of measurement will have to be established for all of your measurement instruments and this may require you to have determined the significance of contribution of each instrument from the uncertainties estimated for your most stringent tests. (See First above).
Third - the laboratory is going to have to demonstrate its proficiency in the tests it seeks to include on its scope of accreditation.
These three challenges are also indication that 17025 is really about the numbers. If the numbers prove something, it is OK. If they do not, then it is not enough.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
1. On the chiller side try and see if you can raise CHW supply temperature by a degree or two. This will significantly impact your consumption by upto 5-10%
2.Try and have a proper operating schedule for chillers and maintain the system to the best of its standards.
3.Ensure your expansion valves are in proper condition because any excess or low flow will result in increased energy consumption
4.Have a chiller log in place and analyse the data to look out for surprises against the set limits as per your OEM manual
5.If its a water cooled chiller, check out for your condenser tubes and make sure there are no scaling. Look out for your water quality as well please.
6. Check out your water flow rate across the evaporator and condenser as it might impact your pump operation in terms of energy consumption.
7. Make sure your refrigerant is charged to the optimum extent else it may result in increase consumption of energy.You can see this through your sight glass.
8. Go for VFD for your pumps if there is budget in place.
9. Make sure your ducts are insulated well to avoid losses
10. Maintain your AHU well and clean filters to avoid unnecessary waste of money
11. Make sure your temperature/humidity sensors are working fine.
12. To check that also keep a log of indoor temperatures at various locations.
13. Depending upon your outdoor temperature you can decide upon your indoor temp in range of 25-27 C.
14. Make sure your air is properly balanced giving you uniform temperature all across air conditioned area.
- Source: Suggestions by Mr. Mahalingam Vythnathan & Mr. Pawan M
|Posted by [email protected] on June 7, 2013 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save.....
5th June has gone that doesnt mean that we had to follow this theme on 5th June only and now we are free to waste food. Yes we are free in the sence of freedom.. but we must have to follow our duty and this idea for whole year so that we can save our environment together..
Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.
Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions.
While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts.
This year’s campaign rallies you to take action from your home and then witness the power of collective decisions you and others have made to reduce food waste, save money, minimise the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient.
If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litres goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food.
In fact, the global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change.
Making informed decision therefore means, for example, that you purposefully select foods that have less of an environmental impact, such as organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process. Choosing to buy locally can also mean that foods are not flown halfway across the world and therefore limit emissions.
"So think before you eat and help save our environment!:"
|Posted by [email protected] on June 7, 2013 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
First things first: Confidence is not bravado, or swagger, or an overt pretense of bravery. Confidence is not some bold or brash air of self-belief directed at others.
Confidence is quiet: It’s a natural expression of ability, expertise, and self-regard.
I’m fortunate to know a number of truly confident people. Many work with me at HubSpot, others are fellow founders of their own startups some of whom I've met through my angel investment activity. But the majority are people I’ve met through my career and who work in a variety of industries and professions.
It comes as no surprise they all share a number of qualities:
1. They take a stand not because they think they are always right… but because they are not afraid to be wrong.
Cocky and conceited people tend to take a position and then proclaim, bluster, and totally disregard differing opinions or points of view. They know they’re right – and they want (actually they need) you to know it too.
Their behavior isn’t a sign of confidence, though; it’s the hallmark of an intellectual bully.
Truly confident people don’t mind being proven wrong. They feel finding out what is right is a lot more important than being right. And when they’re wrong, they’re secure enough to back down graciously.
Truly confident people often admit they’re wrong or don’t have all the answers; intellectual bullies never do.
2. They listen ten times more than they speak.
Bragging is a mask for insecurity. Truly confident people are quiet and unassuming. They already know what they think; they want to know what you think.
So they ask open-ended questions that give other people the freedom to be thoughtful and introspective: They ask what you do, how you do it, what you like about it, what you learned from it… and what they should do if they find themselves in a similar situation.
Truly confident people realize they know a lot, but they wish they knew more… and they know the only way to learn more is to listen more.
3. They duck the spotlight so it shines on others.
Perhaps it’s true they did the bulk of the work. Perhaps they really did overcome the major obstacles. Perhaps it’s true they turned a collection of disparate individuals into an incredibly high performance team.
Truly confident people don’t care – at least they don’t show it. (Inside they’re proud, as well they should be.) Truly confident people don’t need the glory; they know what they’ve achieved.
They don’t need the validation of others, because true validation comes from within.
So they stand back and celebrate their accomplishments through others. They stand back and let others shine – a confidence boost that helps those people become truly confident, too.
4. They freely ask for help.
Many people feel asking for help is a sign of weakness; implicit in the request is a lack of knowledge, skill, or experience.
Confident people are secure enough to admit a weakness. So they often ask others for help, not only because they are secure enough to admit they need help but also because they know that when they seek help they pay the person they ask a huge compliment.
Saying, “Can you help me?” shows tremendous respect for that individual’s expertise and judgment. Otherwise you wouldn't ask.
5. They think, “Why not me?”
Many people feel they have to wait: To be promoted, to be hired, to be selected, to be chosen... like the old Hollywood cliché, to somehow be discovered.
Truly confident people know that access is almost universal. They can connect with almost anyone through social media. (Everyone you know knows someone you should know.) They know they can attract their own funding, create their own products, build their own relationships and networks, choose their own path – they can choose to follow whatever course they wish.
And very quietly, without calling attention to themselves, they go out and do it.
6. They don't put down other people.
Generally speaking, the people who like to gossip, who like to speak badly of others, do so because they hope by comparison to make themselves look better.
The only comparison a truly confident person makes is to the person she was yesterday – and to the person she hopes to someday become.
7. They aren’t afraid to look silly…
Running around in your underwear is certainly taking it to extremes… but when you’re truly confident, you don’t mind occasionally being in a situation where you aren't at your best.
(And oddly enough, people tend to respect you more when you do – not less.)
8. … And they own their mistakes.
Insecurity tends to breed artificiality; confidence breeds sincerity and honesty.
That’s why truly confident people admit their mistakes. They dine out on their screw-ups. They don’t mind serving as a cautionary tale. They don’t mind being a source of laughter – for others and for themselves.
When you’re truly confident, you don’t mind occasionally “looking bad.” You realize that that when you’re genuine and unpretentious, people don’t laugh at you.
They laugh with you.
9. They only seek approval from the people who really matter.
You say you have 10k Twitter followers? Swell. 20k Facebook friends? Cool. A professional and social network of hundreds or even thousands? That’s great.
But that also pales in comparison to earning the trust and respect of the few people in your life that truly matter.
When we earn their trust and respect, no matter where we go or what we try, we do it with true confidence – because we know the people who truly matter the most are truly behind us.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 7, 2013 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is an autonomous body under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and is registered under the Societies Act 1860. NABL has been established with the objective to provide Government, Industry Associations and Industry in general with a scheme for third-party assessment of the quality and technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Government of India has authorised NABL as the accreditation body for Testing and Calibration Laboratories.
In order to achieve this objective, NABL provides laboratory accreditation services to laboratories that are performing tests / calibrations in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO 15189:2007 for medical laboratories. These services are offered in a non-discriminatory manner and are accessible to all testing and calibration laboratories in India and abroad, regardless of their ownership, legal status, size and degree of independence.
|Posted by [email protected] on May 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
When the large majority of products or services in a particular business or industry sector conform to International Standards, a state of industry-wide standardization can be said to exist. This is achieved through consensus agreements between national delegations representing all the economic stakeholders concerned - suppliers, users and, often, governments. They agree on specifications and criteria to be applied consistently in the classification of materials, the manufacture of products and the provision of services. In this way, International Standards provide a reference framework, or a common technological language, between suppliers and their customers - which facilitates trade and the transfer of technology.