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January 2017

Energy efficiency trickles down into large applications

Essential in energy-hungry domains such as industry and buildings

Achieving better Electrical Energy Efficiency (EEE) is a very broad task that extends well beyond the more efficient transformation of primary energy, chiefly fossil fuels, into electrical energy. It must be introduced in energy-intensive sectors like industry and buildings. Standardization work by numerous IEC Technical Committees (TCs) is central to this broader objective. 

2016
November 2016

Digital data exchange to be streamlined

International Cooperation Agreement signed between the IEC and eCl@ss e. V.

The harmonization of standards in electrical engineering and electronics means a breakthrough for digital data exchange.

August 2016

Electricity access is key

Message from Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

IEC work impacts all aspects of life. Electricity and electronics are the cornerstone for all economies in developing and developed countries. IEC International Standards together with IEC Conformity Assessment Systems support 12 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

August 2016

Share your work

We need your stories

Take the 169 countries in the IEC family, the 20 000 technical experts who work in standards development, the many Certification Bodies (CBs) and Test Laboratories (TLs) in the IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems, and add to the mix the rapid pace at which technologies are evolving today and you have hundreds, if not thousands of stories that can be told within the IEC community. 

May 2016

Joint IEC/IEEE Standard to improve substation operation

Precise time synchronization for grid automation needs a broadly accepted Standard

Communication between equipment and systems for the electric grid is an essential element of power utility automation, and central to the introduction of Smart Grids. The IEC and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have joined forces to develop IEC/IEEE 61850-9-3:2016, a dual logo International Standard specifying a precision time protocol (PTP) profile for IEC and IEEE Standards applicable to power utility automation. 

April 2016

Going the last mile with robots

Significant changes ahead in retail markets and delivery services

From robots delivering small packages in cities, to driverless trucks transporting bulk loads over long distances, advances in robotic delivery in the next decade will lead to significant changes in retail markets, the freight haulage industry and transport in general.

2015
October 2015

Embracing cage-free colleagues

A new breed of robot is extending the benefits of automated industry to smaller manufacturers

Smaller businesses are becoming more streamlined and competitive thanks to the development of cobots or collaborative robots, capable of working safely with humans along assembly lines.

June 2015

Business expansion, global cooperation

Interview with Hirozumi Sone, President & CEO, Azbil Corporation

Technologies and systems are converging, and sometimes fundamentally changing how business is conducted. Customers increasingly want solutions that are future proof and able to adapt to their changing needs. In this interview Azbil President & CEO, Dr Hirozumi Sone explains how his company, a major provider of industrial and building control and automation, is able to discover and take advantage of new business opportunities that result from technology convergence. Sone sees active participation in IEC work as a strategic business tool that offers much more than dependable technical value.