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Issue 06/2017

In the home stretch

Wearables are getting increasingly stretchable, small and smart

From smart clothes to talking cows: the IEC prepares Standards for the latest wearable applications.

Issue 06/2017

2017 IEC Awards

Recognizing excellence and commitment to the IEC

Every year the IEC honours the commitment and work of a number of individuals in its community who, through their leadership and technical expertise, have contributed to making products and electrical systems safer, more energy efficient, more reliable and more compatible.

Issue 06/2017

Instilling confidence in a whole industry

IECRE System offers a common language for a highly technical product

Established in 2014, IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, is the newest of the IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems.

Issue 06/2017

The importance of testing against International Standards

Everyone benefits from using efficient, safe products and services

Today, many devices and services found in homes, hospitals, the workplace and industry run off electricity. Such machines and equipment can be dangerous if they malfunction,  causing explosions, fires or electrocuting users or anyone who comes into contact with them, in addition to damaging property.

 
Issue 06/2017

IEC future leaders and experts

IEC Young Professionals workshop, Vladivostok, Russia

IEC National Committees have selected the IEC 2017 Young Professionals who will represent them at this year’s workshop, to be held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 9-11 October 2017, during the IEC 2017 General Meeting.

Issue 06/2017

Standards that count and build trust

Message from Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

IEC work has to be relevant to companies and countries to help them address real market and societal needs.

Issue 06/2017

Helping prevent a cyber nightmare

With daily cyber attacks on the increase and reaching all areas, IEC work is essential to prevent or, fails this, mitigate their impact

Standardization work by the IEC technical committees (TCs) and subcommittees (SCs), and by the Joint Technical Committee (ISO/IEC JTC 1) set up by the IEC and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), is meant to prevent and mitigate the catastrophic impact of cyber attacks on parts of the critical infrastructure everywhere. In addition, IECEE, the IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, is working on a generic conformity assessment (CA) model which can be applied to cyber security. 

Issue 06/2017

Dealing with natural and industrial disasters

IEC Standards are key to help prevent and/or mitigate the impact of many disasters

Natural and industrial or accidental disasters can take many forms and have devastating human and material consequences. Some may be prevented or their impact mitigated through forecast, others not. Rescuing victims and repairing damage are essential for a return to normal life. Standardization work by a number of IEC technical committees (TCs) and subcommittees (SCs) may help warn of impending disasters as well as aid in assessing, repairing and mitigating their consequences. 

Issue 06/2017

Energy efficiency to recover power for the future

IEC work helps tap the biggest pool of available energy

Energy efficiency (EE) is the most important and easily available source of energy; it can be collected along the entire energy chain, from generation, transmission and storage to final use in industry, homes or transportation. IEC standardization and conformity assessment (CA) work are central to electrical EE at all levels. 

Issue 06/2017

A global approach

Strong IEC presence on five continents through its regional offices

All IEC regional centres are focal points for IEC standardization activities in their respective part of the world. They have greatly contributed to raising awareness on and promoting the Commission through country visits, participation in international, regional and national events, networking and establishing an ever growing number of invaluable contacts.

Issue 06/2017

Strengthening participation

IEC Affiliate Country Programme committed to provide invaluable support to developing countries

Each year sees an increase not only in the number of countries participating in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme but also in the number of International Standards adopted as national ones, national electrotechnical committees (NECs) established and Affiliate Plus status granted. In the past 12 months, the Affiliate Secretariat has been extremely busy supporting participants in the Programme through workshops, seminars, webinars and training sessions, to name but a few of the support activities organized to raise awareness and know-how in developing countries. 

Issue 06/2017

Number one in its field

IECEx leads the way in Ex compliance

Year in, year out, the list of incidents happening in hazardous areas doesn’t seem to be diminishing. The oil and gas sector has had its share of fires and explosions, obviously, that have been widely reported both in the general media and in specialized trade publications. But it’s not alone. Mining is another sector where risks are high for a number of reasons, including leaks of poisonous gases, dust explosions, collapsing of mine stopes, flooding, or improper use/malfunction of mining equipment, e.g. safety lamps or electrical equipment. Not to mention sugar refineries and food processing plants, and any industry that operates, even partially, in potentially explosive atmospheres.

Issue 06/2017

Smart, safe and reliable

Electronic components of the highest quality through IECQ testing and certification

Inventions of past centuries have paved the way for today’s technological innovations. This is the case for many of the electronic components that we use so liberally today. The Leyden Jar, for instance, is the ancestor of the capacitor. Just look at any technology timeline and you’ll have the complete sequence of events that leads to the tiniest components and ever smarter devices that connect everyone and everything.

Issue 05/2017

Wear your health on your sleeve

Medical wearables push for innovation

New flexible and organic printing technologies are revolutionizing the medical wearable device market and the IEC is establishing the key relevant International Standards.

Issue 05/2017

Morocco steps up standardization activities

COMELEC Forum emphasizes need for active participation in IEC work

The IEC National Committee of Morocco (COMELEC), held a successful forum to enhance stakeholder awareness of IEC Conformity Assessment Systems in Casablanca, in May.

Issue 05/2017

European workshops promote IECRE marine technology certification

New CA System will increase marketplace confidence in marine energy equipment and projects

The MET-CERTIFIED project is holding a series of workshops in Belgium, France and the UK, to explain the marine technologies sector of IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications.

Issue 05/2017

Obituary - Dave W. Smith

A lifetime of experience in components

It is with great sadness that the IEC learnt of the passing away of former IECQ Chair Dave W. Smith on 20 June 2017.

Issue 05/2017

Green connections

How to manage hazardous substances in electronic components

Smart and connectivity are two of the words that probably best describe our society in the 21st century. Everyone and everything is connected nowadays, or soon will be. Cities, buildings, homes, farms, industrial plants, transportation, appliances, wearables and mobile devices are intrinsically linked to our way of life.

Issue 05/2017

China on the agenda

The 2017 IECEx International Conference targets safety for the Chinese Ex industry

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification for Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, chose to hold the 2017 IECEx International Conference in Shanghai, China, on 11-12 April 2017.

Issue 03/2017

Smarter than the average lamppost

Connected lampposts offer more than cost savings

Want a weather update, real-time air pollution status, or are you just trying to find that elusive parking space? It’s simple…ask the lamppost!

Issue 03/2017

Energy Efficiency starts at home

Manufacturers address energy usage in home appliances

Today, numerous machines and devices powered by electricity can be found in our homes. Take, for example, the kitchen. This room alone probably has a dishwasher, an oven and a fridge, not to mention an array of smaller appliances for preparing and cooking food.

Issue 03/2017

Growing the IEC next generation

Ongoing opportunities for IEC Young Professionals in IECEE, SMB and CAB groups

Learn more about how IEC Young Professionals are becoming involved in the technical work of the IEC.

Issue 04/2017

Ten years of marine energy standardization

IEC work helps lay the foundations of an emerging Renewable Energy sector

Today, a number of different technologies are being developed to extract energy from oceans, such as tidal, river and ocean current and wave power. Though only a few large-scale systems currently operate, several are being demonstrated in Asia, Europe and North America.

Issue 04/2017

Effective testing for hazardous substances in electronic equipment

Manufacturers use international IECEE service to show compliance

Electrical and electronic equipment is part of our lives, from televisions, fridges and other appliances, to computers, printers and mobile phones.

Issue 04/2017

Countdown to Vladivostok

Update on the IEC Young Professionals Programme

National Committees (NCs) have until the end of July to register participants, selected at national level, for the IEC Young Professionals (YP) – 2017 workshop. The workshop will be held in Vladivostok, Russia, in October during the IEC General Meeting.

Issue 04/2017

Dealing with known unknowns – and knowns

Preparing for catastrophes and mitigating their impact

Natural and industrial or accidental disasters can take many forms and have devastating human and material consequences. Some may be forecast, others not, and there may be a range of significantly different outcomes. Standardization activities by a number of IEC technical committees (TCs) and subcommittees (SCs) may help warn of impending disasters as well as aid in assessing and mitigating their human and economic impact. 

Issue 04/2017

Mitigating the risks and impact of explosions

IEC Standards help reduce the number of casualties from accidental industrial explosions

Explosions in a wide range of industrial or other installations can be caused by the wrong or faulty equipment, and/or by poor operating procedures or mistakes. Risks can be significantly reduced if equipment and systems that meet IEC Standards developed by IEC Technical Committee (TC) 31: Equipment for explosive environments, are used. 

Issue 04/2017

The hazardous world of Ex Marking

Coding for equipment used in explosive atmospheres

This article was first published in HazardEx on 20 April 2017 - subheadings and "About IECEx" section were inserted editorially by IEC

The one subject guaranteed to get everyone hot under the collar is the subject of the marking of Ex Equipment. There is not much disagreement about the need to identify the equipment type, its operational parameters and its manufacturer, but everyone seems to have an opinion on how the hazardous area code should be expressed. The discussions at the recent IEC TC 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres, standards meetings in Sydney, Australia, were no exception, and we will return to this later. But first, we need an historical perspective.

Issue 04/2017

Sensors at the heart of disaster relief

High-quality, IECQ-certified electronics inside provides increased safety and reliability in times of crises

Long gone is the time when populations knew of an earthquake when it was actually happening, when rescue teams cleared rubble with their bare hands, when it took days to deliver food and medical supplies to devastated and isolated areas in the aftermath of natural disasters. Technology now plays a major role not only in disaster relief but also in disaster prevention and mitigation. 

Issue 02/2017

Upcoming global events (March-June 2017)

On the agenda: Smart Grids, metering, IECEx, cyber security, energy storage, emerging technologies, digital utilities, LVDC, IoT and solar PV

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

Issue 02/2017

Nailing safety

Products tested to international standards instil confidence

Power tools are lighter, perform better and last longer, thanks to improved cordless battery technology, benefiting professionals in manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and construction, and amateurs alike. This booming global industry is expected to post revenues of more than USD 34 billion by 2020, according to market research by Technavio.

Issue 02/2017

The next generation of IEC leaders

Get to know the 2016 Young Professionals Leaders

Meet the IEC 2016 Young Professional Leaders and learn more about how YPs are becoming involved in the technical work of the IEC.

Issue 02/2017

Dusty business

IECEx-certified equipment key in mitigating explosion risks

Some industry sectors are automatically associated with explosive (Ex) atmospheres – oil and gas, petrochemical plants, mining and in particular coal mining. Many others won’t necessarily come to mind although the risk of fire and explosion exists and needs to be heeded. Food processing, sugar refineries, grain handling and storage, printing, paper and textile industries, sawmills, woodworking areas or waste treatment operations are all potential hazardous areas. Not to mention gas stations or aircraft refuelling and hangars.

Issue 02/2017

Smart home: a life-changing experience

IoT brings back some degrees of independence to those who require assistance in everyday life

While recent developments in home automation are bound to make anyone’s life easier, there are certain categories of the population for which it may be a life-changing experience: elderly and/or disabled people have very specific accessibility needs and can benefit fully from the technological advances associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) and the smart home.

Issue 02/2017

Expanded scope for SyC AAL

IEC work to help people remain active longer

To deal with Active Assisted Living (AAL) issues, the IEC has established a Systems Committee, IEC SyC AAL. This SyC has the role of promoting safety, security, privacy and cross-vendor interoperability in the use of AAL systems and services, and of fostering standardization which boosts their usability and accessibility. Its role and scope are constantly being expanded.

Issue 03/2017

The Ex sector turns to EVs

Ex-proof vehicles are increasingly used in hazardous areas

When the term electric vehicle (EV) comes up, it usually brings to mind electric cars and possibly buses or other means of urban transportation. Seldom do we see the mention of industrial vehicles, although they represent 60% of the global EV market. Even rarer is the mention of Ex-proof industrial EVs, which are increasingly used in hazardous areas, replacing diesel-powered vehicles.

Issue 03/2017

With a little help from ADAS

High-quality sensors key to advanced driving-assistance systems

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are developed to automate, adapt and/or enhance vehicle systems for safety and better driving. 

Issue 01/2017

Upcoming global events (February-May 2017)

On the agenda: cyberspace, Smart Grids, metering, IECEx and LVDC

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

Issue 01/2017

The dynamics of success

IECEx is thriving despite the many challenges posed to the oil and gas sector

The oil and gas industry sector has faced many challenges in recent years. The severe drop in oil prices has affected companies and economies throughout the world. In parallel, the need to for developed and developing countries to tackle climate change, introduce cleaner energy sources – renewables such as solar and wind, hydro – into the mix and become more energy efficient has seen some significant results when the Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016.

Issue 01/2017

A certificate in record time

The IECQ Scheme for LED Lighting has issued its first certificate to Chinese LED manufacturer

Demand for the use of solid state technology for general and specific lighting applications continues to grow at a very rapid pace. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in particular, on the market since the early 1960s, have been extremely successful in recent years. Mostly used as indicator lamps for electronic devices in the early days, they are now increasingly used in a wide range of domestic, commercial and industrial applications.

2016
Issue 08/2016

Wind industry: Harmonized certification facilitates global market access

IECRE issues first wind turbine certificate

Developed with the participation of industry players, including equipment manufacturers, power producers, insurance companies, test laboratories and certifying bodies, IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, streamlines a complex process and benefits not only the wind, but other renewable energy industries such as solar and marine.

Issue 08/2016

The technology that runs smart homes

Electronic controls are increasingly used to operate home appliances

We are all familiar with remote controls. We use them to change TV channels, select our favourite music and protect ourselves with sophisticated security systems. Still, more appliances and systems in our homes work by using automated electronic controls.

Issue 08/2016

Adopting smart technologies

Networking and communication essential to the oil and gas sector

With the steady increase in energy demand from developing, emerging and developed countries, the recent drop in oil prices as well as national or regional regulations to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the oil and gas sector needs to explore new avenues to expand productivity and at the same time cut down costs. One way to achieve this is to embrace smart technologies.

Issue 08/2016

Smart equals sensors inside

Smart technology relies heavily on high-quality sensors

Smartness has become a way of life. Today most of our activities are – at least in part – smart. Whether you work, drive, sleep, enjoy an idle moment, it is most likely that smartness is part of it. We also keep our energy consumption in check with smart appliances and meters. Even our pets now have their own smart devices and apps, allowing us to track their every movement. All this smartness has one common denominator: electronic components and in particular sensors.

Issue 07/2016

Portable medical devices radically change healthcare delivery

Wireless technology is revolutionizing the way we approach chronic diseases and other health-related conditions

In our mobile world, portable smart devices keep us connected and able to access information anytime, anywhere. The healthcare industry has also embraced connected technology in the form of medical wearables and portable devices. These offer accurate real-time monitoring, diagnosis and tailored treatment of conditions, such as some types of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Issue 07/2016

IEC honours IECQ Technical Expert in avionics

Howard Brewer receives 1906 Award for outstanding contribution to IECQ work

Electronic systems used on most modern commercial aircraft include hundreds of systems that help perform specific functions. 

Issue 07/2016

Ex-proof from A to Z

IECEx issues first certificates for non-electrical equipment

The interoperation between electrical and mechanical energies has existed for a long time. In standardization and conformity assessment, the need to provide a holistic solution to cover both is vital for industry and the community. While this may have been a given for most industries, the Ex sector has, for many years, focused exclusively on electrical equipment for its standardization and conformity assessment needs. This is no longer the case.

Issue 06/2016

2016 IEC Awards

Recognizing excellence and commitment to the IEC

Every year the IEC honours the commitment and work of a number of individuals in its community who, through their leadership and technical expertise, have contributed to making products and electrical systems safer, more energy efficient, more reliable and more compatible.

Issue 06/2016

Keeping our powered lives safe

IECEE offers an efficient system for testing the quality, performance and energy use of many electronic devices

From the smartphone alarm first thing in the morning to switching off the lights last thing at night, many products and systems in our daily lives run off electricity. We use the hairdryer, washing machine, stove, get on and off transport and walk through automated doors at the office, take the elevator, fire up the computer and purchase items online, expecting that everything will work reliably and safely.

Issue 06/2016

Ensuring renewable energy systems are safe

IEC promotes the development of renewable sources for electricity production through standardization and certification

Renewable Energy (RE) plays an increasingly important role in providing global populations with clean, affordable, sustainable energy. RE production and use continues to increase thanks to the falling cost of equipment and installation.

Issue 06/2016

Technology is revolutionizing the way we deliver healthcare

Medical wearables offer a more tailored healthcare and improve the lives of people of all ages

We are more mobile today than ever before and expect to be able to carry out many daily activities outside the home or office. Having embraced the era of information overload, we want access to whatever information we need anytime and anywhere.

Issue 06/2016

A giant network

Smart technologies rely on IECQ for safe and reliable electronic components

Smart and connectivity are two of the words that probably best describe our society in the 21st century. Everyone and everything is connected nowadays. Cities, buildings, transportation means, mobile devices are becoming smarter. Even the most mundane objects – the smart frying pan is a good example – have their connected version. 

Issue 06/2016

20 years and stronger than ever

IECEx recognized as centre of excellence in Ex compliance

Explosive (Ex) atmospheres – also termed hazardous areas/locations – which can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts, are by no means restricted to the oil, gas and petrochemical industry sectors. The risk of fire or explosion exists in a variety of other sectors, such as transportation – including aerospace – furniture manufacturing, automotive manufacturing and repair, pharmaceuticals, food processing, grain handling and storage, sugar refineries and coal mining. They all utilize flammable substances in quantities that may result in concentrations that are potentially explosive, whether that is during normal operation or due to abnormal situations arising.

Issue 05/2016

The rise of renewable energies

The falling cost of equipment and installation together with increased investment are driving the growth of renewable energies

During the United Nations Climate Convention – 2015 Paris COP 21, it was recognized that renewable energy (RE) is a key part of the answer to achieving sustainable development and reducing the impact of climate change. Global electricity networks must adapt and include RE technologies.

Issue 05/2016

Our battery-powered world

International Standards and testing help keep batteries safe and reliable

Many items we use on a daily basis require battery power, such as tablets, laptops, medical devices, toothbrushes, gaming hardware or power tools.  They enable our ever-increasing mobility - batteries power e-bikes, the starter, lights, and ignition systems of electric and fuel powered vehicle engines, and they start the engines or auxiliary power units of planes.

Issue 05/2016

A lifetime experience wherever you are

Smart technology is changing the game for major sports events

Long gone are the days when you had to be home and in front of your television to watch major sports events such as the Olympics or a football championship. Today you have access to broadcast on your computer, tablet or smartphone, and you can even experience virtual reality (VR).

Issue 05/2016

Keeping an eye on Ex risks

Video surveillance is a key asset for the Ex industry

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is increasingly used in locations that need constant monitoring – banks, casinos, airports, military installations or shopping malls, to name but a few. A great number of municipalities around the world have installed CCTV cameras in sensitive areas of their cities to deter criminality and monitor traffic. Many industry sectors resort to video surveillance in their manufacturing processes. And video cameras are playing a major role in the monitoring and management of explosive (Ex) areas. 

Issue 04/2016

The off-grid solar revolution

Off-grid solar powered products are booming and giving millions of people access to electricity

We don’t think twice about using lights at home during the day or after dark. We have also got used to charging our smart phones wherever we are – at the airport, on a train or in the office – so that we can make online purchases, read the news, send messages, do banking or make a call. When we forget our phones or there is a blackout for an hour and we can’t watch television, use the computer or boil the kettle, we find it very annoying, but imagine if this were the norm.

Issue 04/2016

A wealth of information at your fingertips

AR makes you see the world as never before

Augmented reality (AR) may not have developed its full potential yet but the technology evolves at such a rapid pace that it should soon be integrated in our personal and professional environment. Architecture, education, medical, sports and entertainment, workplace are just a few areas that can benefit from AR. Tourism and sightseeing may also be revolutionized by the use of AR.

Issue 04/2016

AR/VR underground

New technologies bring increased safety levels to miners

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), long associated with gaming and entertainment only, are really developing into essential tools for a number of industry sector: healthcare, education, architecture, urban design and civil engineering, tourism, sports viewing, film and so forth. The explosive (Ex) industry is also beginning to see the advantages of using AR/VR in their daily operations. The mining sector in particular has a lot to gain from adopting these new technologies.

Issue 03/2016

Curbing electricity consumption

A globally harmonized programme for motor efficiency

Electric motors have many uses, in heavy industry, hospital generators, power tools, pumps to clean swimming pools, and many transport vehicles. Yet, they are the single biggest users of electricity, driving pumps, fans and other machines.

Issue 03/2016

Powering devices and equipment

Very strict constraints for batteries, their containers and battery-powered devices in Ex areas

Batteries come in all forms and shapes and are probably the most common and widespread means of energy storage. From the AA or AAA type you buy at your local supermarket to the highly-sophisticated new generation of batteries used in smart portable devices, there are millions of products on offer. Not to forget electric vehicles (EVs). To increase their capacity and minimize their size, the batteries that power them are the focus of intense research and development throughout the world.

Issue 03/2016

From mechanic to electronic

How to ensure safety and reliability of automotive electronics

In the past, a little knowledge in mechanics was all it took to do minor repair on your car. Nowadays you probably need a degree in IT engineering to perform even the most mundane type of maintenance on your vehicle.

Issue 02/2016

Building trust is a must

Focus on conformity assessment at WSC Workshop

What is conformity assessment (CA)? Why is it important? Why is it inevitably linked to standards? Does it really add value to products and systems? Does it have a role in fighting counterfeit goods? Does it facilitate access to markets and trade? Those are just a few of the many questions that were raised during the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Workshop on Conformity Assessment that took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 1-2 December 2015. 

Issue 02/2016

Widespread risks

How best to ensure protection of industrial assets in hazardous areas

Contrary to preconceived ideas, hazardous areas are not the “privilege” of a few specific industry sectors. They can be found almost anywhere at any given time when certain conditions leading to the formation of an explosive atmosphere are met.

Issue 02/2016

Together we're stronger

Mentoring programme plays cohesive role in IEC community

“L’union fait la force” or “unity makes strength” in English is the national motto of Belgium and Bulgaria and appears on the coat of arms of several countries and regions around the world.

Issue 02/2016

Medical equipment in the digital era

How to ensure safety of state-of-the-art medical equipment

People live longer today than ever before. There are however major variations in life expectancy between continents and countries. Even within a given country, there may be differences between wealthier and poorer regions.

Issue 02/2016

Relying on healthcare wearables

IECQ meets all requirements for safe, green electronic components

The doctor-patient relationship has evolved tremendously in the past decade or so. There was a time when any medical exam had to be performed at a hospital or a doctor’s practice. The recent and rapid emergence of home healthcare technologies is slowly changing the whole medical landscape.

Issue 01/2016

Monitoring frenzy

24/7 connections: how to ensure that measurements are accurate

Is there a time of day or night when we do not rely on electrical or electronic devices in one way or another? Home and workplace are obviously full of appliances, devices and equipment that help us in our daily professional tasks and domestic chores. And with the ever growing number of wearables with us at all times, everything’s connected. Our reliance on electronics seems to be a 24/7 affair.

Issue 01/2016

Ex aspects of food safety

How to protect food processing from explosion risks

Do you realize that your local bakery may be a potentially hazardous location? In fact any area where flour, sugar, or any other type of powder is stored or processed is a potential risk area. Your kitchen as well, if you think of it, since you’re bound to regularly use a wide variety of ingredients in powder form.

Issue 01/2016

Power to the people

Be energy efficient, make a difference

On the one hand, energy efficiency is a new way of life that requires behavioural changes on the consumer’s part. On the other, the pressure is on the manufacturers of electrical equipment and devices to produce goods that consume as little energy as possible.

2015
Issue 09/2015

Energy Efficiency: from theory to reality

Council Open Session – 16 October 2015

Increasing the efficiency on how energy is generated and then used, should not remain idle talk. And while measuring is important to know where to improve, factual changes on the ground will make all the difference.

Issue 09/2015

You are the IEC

IEC General Secretary addresses Council

During his address to Council, the IEC General Secretary & CEO, Frans Vreeswijk, provided a brief overview of key accomplishments since Tokyo and drew the audience’s attention to a number of topics of high importance for the future relevance of the Commission.

Issue 09/2015

IEC present on five continents

The General Meeting paves the way for the future of the IEC

Traditionally, the December issue of e-tech provides feedback on the IEC General Meeting (GM), held in Minsk, Belarus, on 12-16 October 2015.

Issue 09/2015

Moving forward

Affiliate Plus, NECs, mentoring and training on the Affiliate Forum agenda

The Affiliate Forum has been part of the IEC General Meeting (GM) agenda since 2009 and is a great opportunity for Affiliate delegations to meet, exchange views, share experiences and discuss common challenges and best practices, both at the global and regional levels.

Issue 08/2015

Obituary - Ron Collis

IECEE Chairman passed away on 10 November 2015

It is with immense sadness and regret that we have to inform the IEC community of the tragic death of IECEE Chairman Ron Collis on 10 November 2015. Ron Collis had been the victim of an unfortunate accident a month ago and never woke from a deep coma. He leaves behind his wife Marion.

Issue 08/2015

IECEx extends mobile offer

Access all IECEx Certificates anytime, anywhere

Workers are increasingly mobile and a growing number of enterprises around the world provide their workforce with mobile devices such as tablets, phablets or smartphones. Moreover, many people favour tablets over laptops when traveling or doing field work. The Ex industry sector is no exception.

Issue 08/2015

Upcoming IEC and global events

Final events for 2015

The IEC organizes events, as well as regularly supporting other key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

Issue 08/2015

Outstanding contributions

IEC Young Professionals Programme alumni receive 1906 Award

The IEC has recognized the efforts of three Young Professionals Programme alumni with 1906 Awards in 2015. Congratulations on this achievement.

Issue 08/2015

Shedding a light on LEDs

Build trust in your products with new IECQ Scheme for LED Lighting

Solid-state lighting (SSL) is rapidly becoming the preferred light source for many lighting applications and the demand will continue to grow. SSL solutions are widely used in industrial and commercial environments. They are also making inroads in urban and airport lighting, automotive headlamps, traffic signals and advertising. They can be used in almost any kind of applications.

Issue 08/2015

IEC, IAF and ILAC join forces

Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding prolongs collaboration for the next three-year

The IEC has had a tradition of cooperating with other standardization and conformity assessment (CA) organization for many years. In addition to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with which it forms the World Standards Cooperation (WSC), one of the Commission’s main partners is the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the context of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. These are but a few of the 180+ bodies with which the IEC has close links.

Issue 07/2015

Register now!

Participate in the WSC Workshop on Conformity Assessment

Want to learn about conformity assessment (CA)? Get personalized and practical insights on topics of interest to you? Exchange views and network with experts and peers? Don’t look further, the WSC Workshop on Conformity Assessment will help you get answers and meet people that matter in the CA field.

Issue 07/2015

Long-term commitment to safety

IECEE: 30 years of experience in testing and certification of electrical and electronic equipment

The number of CB Certificates issued by members of IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, keeps increasing each year and is again expected to break the 80 000 mark at the end of 2015. Add to that the successful and fruitful collaboration with international organizations, the outreach to developing countries and the introduction of new programmes and you have confirmation that IECEE is THE global certification system for electrical and electronic products. In 2015, IECEE is celebrating its 30th anniversary!

Issue 07/2015

Gearing up

Fast-paced development for IECRE – the CA System is now operational

Global energy needs are increasing constantly and with the diminishing supply of fossil fuels and rising environmental and safety concerns, renewables are likely to occupy a growing share of the future energy mix. Through its standardization and conformity assessment (CA) work, the IEC is promoting the development of renewable sources for electricity production.

Issue 07/2015

Shedding a light on IECQ

How to make electronics smart, safe and reliable

Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Energy and Smart everything…None of these would be remotely possible without electronics. Sensors in particular are present everywhere and they have a major impact on our home and work environments.

Issue 07/2015

Safety in Ex areas is paramount

IECEx helps mitigate risks in explosive atmospheres

Taipei in June, Bosley in July and Tianjin in August: colour powders blown in the air and allegedly ignited by the heat emanating from the spotlights during a colour festival in Taiwan, a building collapsing at a flour mill site in the UK and warehouses storing hazardous chemicals totally devastated in China. These three cities made headline news for dramatic reasons, i.e. massive explosions that killed many, seriously injured many more and caused significant damage.

Issue 06/2015

Powder and dust: a risky business

How to protect people and equipment from combustible dusts

The dramatic incident at the Formosa Fun Coast, a water park in Taiwan, at the end of June was an extremely tragic but important reminder that dust explosions are real and that any activity that involves the use of powder or dust is potentially hazardous.

Issue 06/2015

Upcoming global events

IEC participants may get discount on attendance fees

The IEC regularly lends its support to key global and regional industry events allowing them to put forward IEC endorsement on their website and materials. We would like to draw your attention to several events that may be of interest to the IEC community.

Issue 06/2015

Safety inside out

How to ensure safer commercial and office environments through IECQ certification

Electronics are everywhere in commercial and office buildings. Elevators, escalators, automatic sliding doors or lighting all rely heavily on electronics nowadays. The same can be said of most of the smaller devices that equip stores and offices. While safety is an important issue for any electronic device, it is becoming crucial for equipment that is used by hundreds, if not thousands, of people every day.

Issue 06/2015

Energy-efficient living

IECEE certification targets energy efficiency

How many electrical appliances and devices do we rely on in any one day? From the lights that we switch on, to the hair dryer, oven and television at home and the computer in the office, most of the tasks we accomplish require the assistance of electrical devices. And then there are the appliances that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week: refrigerators and heaters, for example.

Issue 05/2015

Faster connections

How to ensure high quality and reliability of fibre optic components

Fibre optic lines have revolutionized communications, from long-distance phone calls to cable TV and Internet. Business and industry have used fibre optic technology for years to move large amounts of data quickly. Fibre-based communication is expected to grow tremendously in years to come.

Issue 05/2015

Switched on to safety

IECEE helps build strong consumer confidence

When buying a new electrical appliance, who pays much attention to the cord – or to the control switch, for that matter? Customers tend to focus on the design, the look, the size, the price or the overall performance of the product. Cords and switches, seen as necessary appendages that don’t merit close examination, are seldom, if ever, part of the decision-making process that leads to the purchase of household goods. Consumers usually take it for granted that the device they acquire is safe and reliable, and will perform without any problems.

Issue 05/2015

How to prevent leakage or environmental damage

IECEx-certified pigs essential in pipeline maintenance

Pipelines are widely used throughout the world to transport oil, gas and other fluids over long distances and across continents. They are frequently subjected to extreme climatic conditions and huge temperature variations that can cause serious damage to the outer shell. This is why companies operating these lines use preventive methods to detect clogging or worse, cracks and flaws that can have disastrous consequences.

Issue 04/2015

Safety on the factory floor

IECEE certification brings benefits to industrial automation

The development of automation throughout the 20th century brought enormous changes to the industrial world: some jobs disappeared, others underwent major transformation, new ones were created and, most importantly, the interaction between man and machine was altered forever. In recent years, the emergence and proliferation of robots on the factory floor has raised automation to a new level.

Issue 04/2015

Smart oil and gas

Ex-tremely safe Big Data

Big Data is set to change the way we work by improving operations and allowing faster, more accurate analyses which lead to more informed decisions being made. Confident decision-making could in turn lead to greater efficiency, reduced risks and cost savings. While the oil and gas sector hasn’t really embraced the concept yet, it could derive huge benefit from it.

Issue 04/2015

Sensored all the way

How to make sure devices and systems are smart and safe

Sensors: they are invisible, most people don’t even know what they look like, but they are omnipresent today. They have a major impact on our home and work environments and are making our lives much safer and easier in many ways.

Issue 03/2015

Fuelling safety

IECEx certification helps keep explosions or fires at bay

Anyone of us can be in close contact with Ex or explosive atmospheres. They are not restricted to oil refineries, offshore oil rigs, gas plants or mines. While many industries operate in potentially hazardous environments, risks are also present in transportation: gas station or aircraft refuelling zones fully qualify as Ex areas.

Issue 03/2015

How to accelerate EV adoption

Certification to boost buyer confidence in EV range and technologies

Although many automotive manufacturers have added EVs (electric vehicles) to their product lines in recent years, they remain very much a niche market, albeit one that is dynamic and developing steadily. And while potential buyers may still be somewhat concerned by the short range and long charges generally associated with EVs nowadays, industry is striving to come up with innovative solutions to remedy these problems.

Issue 03/2015

A woman at the top

Marie-Elisabeth d'Ornano, Chairman of IECQ

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, careers are still very much the prerogative of men. Electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment are no exception. In recent years however, women have made dents in this long-standing tradition. Marie-Elisabeth d’Ornano, who became Chairman of IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, on 1 January 2014, is such a woman and a good example for others to follow.

Issue 02/2015

Have you ever been shocked?

Some simple rules and useful tools that protect against electric shock

Who among you hasn’t at least once in your life received an electric shock, for example while changing a light bulb? In most cases you don’t feel much and it has no serious consequences. So much so that you will not do anything about it once the new light bulb is in place. That’s where the problem starts. An electric shock is a first sign that something may be defective in the electrical installation of the building.

Issue 02/2015

Containing explosions

The Ex sector can rely on IECEx testing and certification for explosion prevention

More than a century ago, the introduction of electrical apparatus for signalling and lighting in coal mines provoked many electrically-induced explosions of flammable gases and dust. Consequentially, specific types of protection were developed to prevent explosions by eliminating contact between an explosive atmosphere and an ignition source.

Issue 02/2015

Tiny bursts of energy

Static electricity: an old phenomenon but now more problematic than ever

Static electricity has been a serious industrial problem for centuries. As early as the 1400s, European and Caribbean forts were using static control procedures and devices to prevent electrostatic discharge ignition of black powder stores. By the 1860s, paper mills in the USA employed basic grounding, flame ionization techniques, and steam drums to dissipate static electricity from the paper web as it went through the drying process.

Issue 01/2015

Poland to host IECEx event

Third IECEx International Conference to take place in Europe

In just three years, the IECEx international conferences have made their mark and are becoming must-go events on the annual conference circuit for the Ex industry sector. After Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) in 2012 and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2014, the city of Gdańsk, in Poland, will host the 2015 IECEx International Conference on 22-23 April, so please save the date in your calendar!

Issue 01/2015

Fruitful workshop in Mongolia

Acting on recommendations brought immediate results

IEC Affiliate Country Programme Executive Secretary Françoise Rauser usually combines the IEC GM (General Meeting) with a visit to a neighbouring country participating in the programme. This year, following the GM in Tokyo, Japan, she flew to Mongolia, accompanied by IEC-APRC (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre) Regional Director Dennis Chew.

Issue 01/2015

Safe lighting for everyone, everywhere

IECEE certification of great value to industry and consumers alike

For many of us, switching a light on or off is such a routine task that we take it for granted. With the exception of extreme situations – major power outages – we’ve never had to worry about lighting in our homes offices, factories, streets, and so forth. But there are still millions of people with limited or no access to electricity who don’t have that privilege. The United Nations have declared 2015 the International Year of Light to raise awareness on the central role played by light-based technologies in providing solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.

Issue 01/2015

High-quality LEDs

IECQ provides structured approach to supply chain management

The United Nations proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, recognizing “the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health”. This global initiative ties in very smoothly with another, put forward by IECQ (IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components), namely the IECQ LED initiative.

2014
Issue 09/2014

Shaping the future

IEC CAB focuses on the evolution of IEC Conformity Assessment

Highlights of the IEC CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) meeting that took place in Tokyo, Japan, during the 78th IEC General Meeting.

Issue 09/2014

Getting ready for new challenges

The General Meeting paves the way for the future of the IEC

Traditionally, the December issue of e-tech provides feedback on the IEC GM (General Meeting), held in Tokyo, Japan, this year.

Issue 09/2014

A smart organization for a smarter world

IEC President addresses Council

Addressing Council for the first time as IEC President, Junji Nomura expressed his pleasure at doing so in his home country, Japan. Satisfied with the state of the organization which he described as ‘strong and healthy’ with a ‘truly global reach’, he nonetheless emphasized the need for the IEC to continue to improve its services while keeping up with the fast-changing global market.

Issue 09/2014

Reaching its full potential

IEC General Secretary addresses Council

The IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk addressed Council at the 2014 IEC GM (General Meeting) in Tokyo, Japan, and presented highlights of the Commission’s work and accomplishments in the year since the Dehli GM.

Issue 08/2014

A leader in its field

IECEE is a truly international partner for the electrical and electronic industry

The number of CB Certificates issued by members of the IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) keeps increasing each year (more than 80 000 in 2013). Add to that the successful and fruitful collaboration with international organizations, the outreach to developing countries and the introduction of new services and product categories and you have confirmation that IECEE is THE global certification system for electrical and electronic products.

Issue 08/2014

The ultimate safeguard in Ex areas

IECEx is a trusted partner for the Ex industry

IECEx (IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres) has continued to grow in the past year. The IECEx International Conferences – in 2012 in the UAE (United Arab Emirates), and in 2014 in Malaysia – have contributed to increase awareness and visibility in the Middle East and Asia. The IECEx Certified Persons Scheme, launched in late 2010, has really taken off since 2013, benefitting from the support of several majors in the oil and gas industry.

Issue 08/2014

Quality and reliability at the forefront

IECQ provides independent verification of compliance with International Standards

IECQ (IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components) has been thriving in the past 12 months. The launch in 2013 of new programmes for the automotive industry and counterfeit avoidance have enriched its portfolio and broadened its scope. Together with the complete restructuring of the Schemes and a new website, they have brought new dynamics to the System. Not resting on its laurels, IECQ is actively working on new developments.

Issue 08/2014

International debut for IECRE

Testing and certification for renewable energies

The IEC, which has been at the forefront of international standardization in the wind, solar and marine energy fields for many years, has now gone a step further and launched IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications.

Issue 07/2014

Protection against electromagnetic effects

Specific IECEE EMC programme ensures safety and reliability of electrical and electronic devices

Lightning is a huge natural electrostatic discharge between electrically charged areas within a single cloud, from one cloud to another or between a cloud and the earth. The discharge is accompanied by a flash or strike, can result in serious injuries or fatalities when people are exposed to it, and can cause serious damage to equipment, installations and buildings when it hits the ground.

Issue 07/2014

Raising awareness on high-risk mining operations

IECEx and AFSEC international seminar in DRC

The DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) is extremely rich in natural resources. In its soil lie huge amounts of metal and mineral ores such as diamonds, gold, copper, tantalum and the world’s largest reserves of cobalt. While artisanal and small-scale mining still plays an important role in ore extraction, the country is increasingly developing its industrial mining sector.

Issue 07/2014

Interoperability

A must for today’s “Made in the World” products

Even if the packaging of the brand-new device you just acquired indicates that it was made in a specific country, you can be assured that it isn’t quite the whole picture. Chances are great that some of the components came from country A, others from country B, and the rest from country C. Nowadays, very few manufacturers can boast that their products are made in one country.

Issue 07/2014

MEMS tested and certified by IECQ

Little components do more and are smaller

In thousands of ways, new and smaller technologies are helping us move forward. From surgical tools that are smarter to toys that let us compete at playing tennis with someone around the world, electronics and their components are doing more than ever before.

Issue 06/2014

IECEE helps build customer confidence

Safe and reliable consumer goods for everyone, everywhere

Fast-evolving technologies and a wealth of electronic devices and equipment on the market have dramatically altered people’s lives in recent years. All facets of life have been affected by these changes; home chores, office and factory work, education, leisure activities and commercial endeavours have at some point all embraced a new technology.

What makes a person buy a certain type of equipment, a particular brand? What are the criteria that come into play?

Issue 06/2014

Lighting up Ex areas

IECEx certifies new generation of LED-based lighting solutions

In less than 20 years, the LED (light-emitting diode) technology has emerged as an increasingly popular light source. LED-based lighting solutions, first used in commercial and industrial environment, can now be found in all kinds of environments and applications. The new generation of LED lights is more efficient, less costly, lasts longer and can be fitted in any kind of lamp or luminaire available on the market.

Issue 06/2014

Casting a light on LEDs

IECQ provides solution for certification of LED-based lighting sources

From indicator lamps on electronic devices or numeric readouts on digital clocks to their current use in a wide variety of lighting solutions, LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have come a long way in a few decades. They are now replacing incandescent or CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) light bulbs in domestic, residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Issue 05/2014

Tackling cybersecurity threats

IECEE is developing the necessary strategy and business plan to minimize exposure to these risks

The development of automation throughout the 20th century brought enormous changes to the industrial world: some jobs disappeared, others underwent major transformations, new ones were created and, most importantly, the interaction between man and machine was altered forever. The rapid evolution of IT (information technology) in the second part of the 20th century enabled engineers to create increasingly complex control systems that integrated fully between the factory floor and the office environment.

Issue 05/2014

Global safety and security

IECEx helps minimize risks in the Ex sector

Batteries are probably the most common and widespread means of energy storage. From the AA or AAA type you buy at your local supermarket to the highly sophisticated new generation of batteries used in EVs (electric vehicles) or by utilities, there are millions of products on offer.

Issue 05/2014

Renewing ties with a former partner

Russia shows keen interest in IECQ participation

More than a century ago, the first IEC President, Lord Kelvin, was quoted as saying: “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it”. This is as true today as it was then. One thing that has changed since those words were uttered is the way we measure things today.

Issue 05/2014

International certification for solar, wind and marine energy

IEC launches IECRE, the new CA System for the renewable energy sector

The ever increasing demand for electricity and the need to reduce the share of fossil fuels in power generation have led to rapid development and growth of the RE (renewable energy) sector. The IEC, which has been at the forefront of international standardization in the wind, solar and marine energy fields for many years, has now gone a step further and launched IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications.

Issue 05/2014

Benefits of IECEx certification

AFSEC-IECEx seminar for the mining sector in Africa

AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) and IECEx (IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres) are organizing an international seminar in Lumumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 7-8 September 2014. The event is organized in collaboration with AFREC (African Energy Commission) and OCC (Office Congolais de Contrôle), and in partnership with the Katanga mining authorities and Moïse Katumbi Chapwe, the governor of the Katanga Province.

Issue 05/2014

Chairmen and Member nominations

A roundup of the latest nominations approved by the SMB (Standardization Management Board).

TC 121 has welcomed its new Chairman and SG 6 has a new Japanese NC member.

Issue 04/2014

Compatibility and interconnectivity

All power grids need IECEE certification for trouble-free operation

Electricity is so deeply entrenched in our lives that we take it for granted…until there’s a power outage. Whether on a small or large scale, power outages may have dire social and economic consequences: no lights in homes, offices, public places; disruption of public transportation services; temporary factory shutdown, to name but a few. In recent years, major power outages have been able to paralyze whole regions or countries in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Can this happen again? Probably, but there are ways of ensuring that energy generation, transmission and distribution occurs in the safest, most reliable and efficient way possible.

Issue 04/2014

Minimizing risks

IECEx ensures the safety of personnel and equipment in fossil fuel extraction

While many countries throughout the world are integrating renewable energy sources into their energy mix, they still rely heavily on fossil fuels. According to the IEA (International Energy Agency), as primary sources of electricity generation, oil, gas and coal together account for the lion’s share (67,4%) of the world’s supply (IEA 2010).

Issue 04/2014

Have faith in your electronics

IECQ certification helps make the world a smarter place

Electronics is omnipresent in our lives today. From mobile devices and wearables to home appliances, office equipment, industrial automation, healthcare facilities, transportation and entertainment, it is integrated in every device, piece of equipment and machinery, in every installation and system. That goes for energy transmission and distribution as well, which have been brought sharply into focus now that Smart Grids and Smart Cities are a hot topic.

Issue 03/2014

Medical equipment advances at lightning speed

IECEE focuses on its safety and reliability

Since 2007, IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) has been managing the risks surrounding medical electrical equipment. Its task has become more important as technological changes and enhancements have radically increased the complexity of the sector.

Issue 03/2014

Health-giving robots

The quality of IECQ Certification helps advance the health sector

The vision of the future sees robots doing a number of things that humans don’t want to do, such as vacuuming. Though the use of artificial intelligence is not yet widespread, robots are moving into sectors that seemed unlikely even a decade ago; for example, assisting in surgical procedures. IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, helps to ensure the reliability of components used in any robots that care for us.

Issue 03/2014

Exploding silos

Staple support from IECEx

Wherever cereals are grown in large quantities it is common to see silos used to store grain. Not so common is the knowledge that in these silos, or with any of the food processing equipment likely to be found alongside them, the thin layer of dust resulting from the processing has the potential to make a farm go up in flames.

Issue 02/2014

Getting to know Kerry McManama

A mind open to all possibilities

e-tech talks to Kerry McManama, the new Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) to find out how he arrived at this point and the challenges he sees in his new role.

Issue 02/2014

Knowledge supports safety in Ex areas

Chris Agius presents at the ATEX Forum in Denmark

It is important that the people working in explosive areas are competent and have the most up-to-date knowledge. Not having this knowledge could have serious repercussions, including costing live

Issue 02/2014

Safer cars, smarter drives

Cars and world connect

Some days it looks if you are going to be stuck in traffic forever. Sometimes it is because traffic volumes have suddenly increased. All you can see is car ahead of car as far as the eye can see. At other times, you hear the squeal of tyres and then you see two cars collide. About 1.24 million people died on the world’s roads in 2010, said the Global Health Observatory of the WHO (World Health Organization). But technology may be able to increase safety or save you from being stuck in traffic sooner than you think.

Issue 01/2014

Nightmare of a child chewing on a cord

IECEE Certification means safety

It happens to every parent at some point. Your child is playing with her toys in the living room. You step out of the room for a minute, knowing that the room has been baby proofed, feeling confident that nothing could happen. Then you come back and see that your curious little one is chewing on the television cord. A raft of nightmare scenarios pass before your eyes as you imagine what could have happened while you were gone. Then you shake yourself and remove the cord from your child’s grasp. You are able to do this because IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, tests and certifies the safety of audio/video equipment.

Issue 01/2014

Failure can lead to disaster

IECEx International Conference in Malaysia

In explosive areas, seemingly small failures can have disastrous effects. To meet the world’s ever increasing demand for energy, the oil and gas industries have built larger and more complex installations for extraction, processing and distribution, requiring increasing levels of capital investment. To protect these investments and the people working in the installations, compliance with International Standards is paramount.

Issue 01/2014

Gifts that can be hazardous

IECQ promotes safety in electronic components

Children born in the 1990s probably can’t remember what it was like without internet access, when making a mixed tape was cool or when the newest game from Sega was the Christmas gift that everyone yearned for. Since that time kids’ toys and children’s own technological understanding have advanced. But how safe is that robotic dog that you want to buy for your child?

2013
Issue 10/2013

CAB report to IEC Council

Dr Hiromichi Fujisawa, IEC Vice-President and Chairman of CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) reported to the IEC Council.

Fujisawa gave an update on CAB activities in the 12 months since the Oslo GM (General Meeting). He talked about the creation of IECRE, the new IEC CA (Conformity Assessment) System for renewable energies, presented the work of some of the CAB working groups and of the WT CAC (Wind Turbine Certification Advisory Committee). Furthermore Fujisawa provided insights into the process that is currently being undertaken to harmonize the basic rules of the three CA Systems, IECEE, IECEx and IECQ.

Issue 10/2013

Continued safety and strength

Kerry McManama joins IECEE

IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, has a new Executive Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. Kerry McManama will assume this role on 1 January 2014. McManama, a US citizen, has been involved in Conformity Assessment almost since its beginning. His goal is to continue to ensure the safety of the products that are certified and tested by IECEE.

Issue 10/2013

Electronics through the looking glass

IECQ AQP showcased at TAITRONICS

TAITRONICS, one of the world’s largest electronic shows, took place in October with IECQ leading the way.

Issue 09/2013

Testing and certifying

IECEE PSC Working Group 2A on Smart Grid

IECEE has a working group that is trying to satisfy the needs of industry in terms of Smart Grid. It is looking to help industry ensure that its products are safe, of high quality and interoperable.

Issue 09/2013

IECQ past, present and future

The best tool for international electronic component certification

Since it first began, IECQ has been gaining worldwide recognition as the international system for providing independent verification that electronic components, related materials and processes comply with appropriate standards and specifications.

Issue 08/2013

Making the world a safer place

IECEE is an internationally trusted partner

The last 12 months have been extremely successful and fruitful for IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components. Increased collaboration with international organizations, outreach to developing countries and the introduction of new services and product categories have contributed greatly to confirming IECEE as the leading global certification system for electrical and electronic products.

Issue 08/2013

Failures avoided

IECQ certification makes components reliable

IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, ensures the safety and reliability of electronic components used in the IT, avionics, and a number of other industries. It also monitors and tests the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and provides assessment and certification for facilities that handle unprotected ESD (electrostatic discharge) sensitive devices.

Issue 07/2013

Brighter, cleaner and cheaper lights

More efficient and robust technologies will benefit users and the environment

In 2007, the International Energy Agency estimated that lighting accounted for just under 20% of electricity use worldwide. Public policies, reflecting environmental and energy saving concerns, are driving the global take-up of energy-efficient bulbs. The lighting industry's need for proper International Standards to ensure the safety and measure the performance of these bulbs is obvious and proceeding apace under the aegis of IEC TC (Technical Committee) 34: Lamps and related equipment, and its SCs (Subcommittees).

Issue 07/2013

Walking through history

Sensors let us walk through museums safely

The Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world, is a grand sight to behold. Its front entrance, a glass pyramid built in the late 1980s, is imposing in its size and shine. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres. Around 9 million visits are made to the Louvre every year.

Issue 06/2013

He did it his way

IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo to step down end 2013

IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo will step down at the end of 2013. As in previous years, IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, held its annual series of meetings at the beginning of the summer, this time in Vancouver, Canada, from 17 to 21 June 2013. What distinguished this year’s gathering was the announcement that IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo would step down at the end of the year.

Issue 06/2013

Life and property on the line

IECQ CAP battles counterfeit components

Counterfeiting has proven to be a viable and lucrative industry in many areas of the world, specifically the counterfeiting of microcircuits used in electronic devices. IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, has launched a programme designed to address the international counterfeit crisis faced by the aerospace, defense and high performance (ADHP) sectors

Issue 05/2013

Focus on industrial automation

IECEE launches INDAT, a new service for products and installations in the automation field

The development of automation throughout the 20th century brought enormous changes to the industrial world: some jobs disappeared, others underwent major transformations, new ones were created and, most importantly, the interaction between man and machine was altered forever. In the pre-automation era, machinery had been used to assist workers.

Issue 05/2013

MEMS tested and certified by IECQ

Little components do more and are smaller

In thousands of ways, new and smaller technologies are helping us move forward. From surgical tools that are smarter to toys that let us compete at playing tennis with someone around the world, electronics and their components are doing more than ever before.

Issue 04/2013

Trust is the keyword

IECEE leads the way in electromedical equipment safety and performance

A few weeks ago, as I underwent eye surgery, I realized that I was much more worried about the outcome than about the operation itself. Why was that? Given the numerous problems caused by poor eyesight since I was a kid, I had difficulties imagining a world that wasn’t hazy and out of focus, a world in which I would see sharp outlines and well-defined silhouettes. As for surgery, I had total confidence in the skills of my ophthalmologist. I trust him.

Issue 04/2013

Hearts are not meant to be broken

IECQ components help to advance artificial hearts

The heart has been a symbol of human emotion and complexity since before Common Era. The ancient Egyptians believed that the heart ruled the way people thought, their wisdom and who they were. The ancient Greeks thought that it was the heart, and not the brain, that controlled logic and emotion. It was in the Middle Ages, when Valentine’s Day gained popularity, that the concept of romantic love became associated with the broken heart.

Issue 03/2013

Transportation

Driving and flying made safe

The April issue of e-tech will focus on transportation and more specifically on EVs (electric vehicles), be they electric cars or electric urban transport vehicles.

Issue 03/2013

Supporting EV development

IECEE certification key to EV technologies

Although many automotive manufacturers have added EVs (electric vehicles) to their product lines in recent years, they remain very much a niche market, albeit one that is dynamic and developing steadily. And while potential buyers may still be somewhat concerned by the short range and long charges generally associated with EVs nowadays, industry is striving to come up with innovative solutions to remedy these problems.

Issue 03/2013

Avionics aims to manage green issues

How the avionics industry limits the use of lead in its components

The IEC has recently published the 2nd edition of IEC/TS 62239-1, Process management for avionics – Management plan – Part 1: Preparation and maintenance of an electronic components management plan, which now includes the management of lead-free termination finish and soldering of avionic components.

Issue 02/2013

A CA System for marine energy?

IEC working on new conformity assessment structure

Oceans offer an enormous source of renewable energy with the potential to satisfy an important percentage of the world's demand for electricity. Marine energy however has not evolved at the same rate as other types of renewable energy. While research in this field has been ongoing for more than 30 years, the technologies used to harness the energy from waves and from tidal and water currents are still in development. Driven by the necessity to look for alternative options to increase the amount of energy produced, some countries have started to invest in projects that convert ocean power into electric power.

Issue 02/2013

Protection against electromagnetic effects

Specific IECEE EMC programme ensures safety and reliability of electrical and electronic devices

Lightning is a huge natural electrostatic discharge between electrically charged areas within a single cloud, from one cloud to another or between a cloud and the earth. The discharge is accompanied by a flash or strike, can result in serious injuries or fatalities when people are exposed to it, and can cause serious damage to equipment, installations and buildings when it hits the ground.

Issue 02/2013

Shocking

Understanding electrostatic discharge

As winter comes to a close, your jacket may give you an electrostatic shock. You may get one from touching a metallic doorknob after crossing a carpeted room or from shaking someone’s hand. Although static electricity is ever present people rarely notice it.

Issue 01/2013

IEC, IAF and ILAC increase cooperation

New tripartite Memorandum of Understanding is signed

Cooperation agreements with other standardization and conformity assessment bodies have been on the IEC agenda for many years. One such agreement, made between the Commission’s three CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems, IAF (International Accreditation Forum) and ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) has proved highly rewarding, with levels of collaboration increasingly constantly.

Issue 01/2013

New IECQ website launches

Faster and more accurate information lies just a click away

Those of you who are frequent visitors to the IECQ website will undoubtedly be pleased to discover the new and totally revamped website that launched in mid-January. And for first-time visitors who want to learn about IECQ, finding their way around the different sections will be child’s play.

2012
Issue 08/2012

Hazardous substance-free components

IECQ provides tools to meet the strictest requirements

IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, has recently published the 3rd edition of IECQ QC 080000, Hazardous Substance Process Management System Requirements. The specification and its requirements are based on the strong belief that the provision of hazardous substance-free products and production processes can only be achieved by integrating management disciplines fully.

Issue 07/2012

Safer electronics

IECQ focuses on “green” electronics and fights counterfeiting

Electronic components play an ever increasing role in our lives. Homes, offices, factories and transportation systems all rely heavily on them. Mobile telephones, computers, car and airplane navigation systems and automated production chains wouldn’t exist without them. They make our lives easier and provide better communication in a world that has become global and interconnected.

Issue 06/2012

Keeping components cool

IECQ ensures safety and reliability of all electronic components

Invisible yet omnipresent, electronic components play a crucial role in modern technology. Found in parts as diverse as integrated circuits to resistors, capacitors, transistors, LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and switches, they are an essential part of all electrical and electronic devices, equipment and installations, including the heating and cooling systems that form the topic of this month’s e-tech.

Issue 05/2012

Connecting people

IECEE celebrates WTO ITA 15th anniversary

The past 15 years have seen the extraordinary growth of the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector. The emergence of mobile devices, and their immediate success in markets worldwide, has provided an additional boost to a sector that was already expanding rapidly.

Issue 05/2012

Joining forces in the Ex sector

IECEx and UNECE present joint paper at PCIC Europe

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, and UNECE, the United Nations Economic Commission, were invited to present a joint paper at the 2012 PCIC (Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee) Europe Conference, which takes place in Prague, Czech Republic, on 19-21 June.

Issue 05/2012

Can't do without them

IECQ-certified electronic components for consumer electronics

In countless ways, modern day technologies have changed the way we live. The emergence and extraordinary success of small mobile devices has increased our reliance on electronics at all times of day – and night. Whatever we do, wherever we are, we rely on them for communication, connecting with others – whether at work or at home – travelling, playing and keeping fit.

Issue 04/2012

One test, one standard, everywhere

IECEE Affiliate status explained to ASEAN member countries

In an effort to establish a single market and production base with an aim to facilitate the free flow of goods, services and investment, ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries are moving towards establishing the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community). The goal is to allow capital to flow more freely and to stimulate more equitable economic development, while reducing poverty and socio-economic disparities.

Issue 04/2012

Successful beyond expectations

Dubai 2012 Conference marks launch of IECEx in the Gulf

The 2012 ‘IECEX International Conference: Equipment and Services in Explosive Atmospheres’ was held in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) on 20-21 March, marking the launch of the IECEx in the Gulf. The conference was organized by ESMA (Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology) in collaboration with IECEx and UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe).

This original article was published in Hazardous Area International, a media sponsor of the Dubai conference.

Issue 04/2012

Hazards under control

IECQ certification for green and reliable electronic components

In issue after issue of e-tech, we see that electronic components play an ever increasing role in our lives. At home, at work, on the road, in the air, whatever we do, wherever we are, we rely on electronics to make our lives easier, to provide better communication and operate in a world that has become global and interconnected.

Issue 03/2012

Taking developing countries onboard

IEC Affiliate Countries can participate in IECEE activities as observers

Standardization and conformity assessment are complementary. While it is essential that products and systems comply with standards, this compliance has then to be verified and certified. This may be a given in industrialized countries; it is less obvious for developing and industrializing countries.

Issue 03/2012

Fruitful IEC, ILAC and IAF cooperation

Canada’s SCC recognizes IECEE CB Scheme qualified laboratories

When it was signed in October 2010, the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between IEC, ILAC(International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) and IAF (International Accreditation Forum) was seen as a cornerstone of enhanced collaboration for the three organizations involved. Now this agreement, which generated much interest in the CA (conformity assessment) community, is bearing more fruits.

Issue 03/2012

Building on experience

IECEx International Conference in Dubai addresses safety issues in the Ex field

The 2012 IECEx International Conference on Equipment and Services in Explosive Atmospheres took place in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) on 20-21 March. Holding about 10% of the world oil reserves and 20% of natural gas resources, the United Arab Emirates was a natural location for this conference.

Issue 03/2012

Under control

IECQ helps manage electronic components in avionics systems

Avionics – a blend of aviation and electronics – comprises all electronic systems used in aircraft, satellites and spacecraft. It includes communications, navigation, flight and engine control, collision-avoidance and weather-based systems.

Issue 02/2012

Raising awareness

IEC speaks at UNIDO conformity assessment workshop for developing countries

While conformity assessment is a given in industrialized countries, the concept has not necessarily been fully integrated into developing economies. Recognizing the need to raise awareness and provide a better understanding of the specific requirements linked to standardization and conformity assessment activities, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) has been implementing a series of projects, tailored specifically for developing countries.

Issue 02/2012

From singing to sensing

IECEx certifies modern gas detectors and sensors

A BBC News item dated 30 December 1986 announced that more than 200 canaries still employed in UK mines were to be made gradually redundant throughout 1987. The article stated that “new electronic detectors will replace the birds because they are said to be cheaper in the long run and more effective in indicating the presence of pollutants in the air otherwise unnoticed by miners.”

Issue 02/2012

And the winner is...

IECEx Executive Secretary Chris Agius honoured for lifetime contribution to Ex industry

Based on an article published on the HazardEx website

IECEx Executive Secretary Chris Agius received the HazardEx Lifetime Contribution to the Industry Award on 29 February 2012 at a gala dinner that took place during the annual HazardEx event in Harrogate, UK. The Award recognizes an individual for making a significant personal contribution to improving health and safety in hazardous areas.

Issue 02/2012

Extremely reliable and incredibly safe

Safe sensors for safe devices through IEC Certification

We don’t see them, most of us don’t even know what they look like, but we are all dependent on them. They make life easier and safer. Modern technologies couldn’t do without them. In short, sensors are indispensable.

Issue 01/2012

Electrical energy efficiency certified

New IECEE service is fully operational

How many electrical appliances and devices do we rely on in any one day? From the lights that we switch on, to the hair dryer, oven and television at home and the computer in the office, most of the tasks we accomplish require the assistance of electrical devices. And then there are the appliances that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week: refrigerators and heaters, for example.

Issue 01/2012

A first for Dubai and the Middle East

IECEx international conference addresses overall safety in Ex field

The oil and gas industry makes a large contribution to the financial well-being of middle-eastern economies. All countries in the region have huge oil and gas resources. Oil producing and processing operations are well established, and the gas industry sector is expanding rapidly. This also means that a great number of people are employed by oil and gas companies, either directly on the production and processing side of the business or in repair and maintenance.

Issue 01/2012

LEDs for Ex

IECEx-certified lighting fixtures for hazardous areas

Offshore oil platforms, refineries, shipyards, gas and oil tankers operate 24 hours a day. Most human activities may go at a reduced pace at night but the tanker will continue to trace its route across the ocean, the rig will continue to drill or pump oil, and refineries never stop refining crude oil. Night-shift crews need powerful and reliable lighting to be able to work when it is dark. Lighting fixtures, as with any other piece of equipment or device used in hazardous areas, have to be explosion-proof.

Issue 01/2012

Smaller, smarter, safer

IECQ: the best tool for electronic component certification

Smart is the word. Appliances, multimedia equipment, security systems are all becoming more sophisticated, making life much easier and safer. All these devices and systems would not exist without electronic components. To accompany the rapid technological developments of recent years, electronic component manufacturers have been designing products that are smarter, smaller and offer enhanced performance and functionality.

2011
Issue 10/2011

Safety in Ex environments

Practical approach to IECEx certification for industrializing countries

Incidents such as the explosion that caused the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 clearly demonstrate the need for the strictest safety measures not only for equipment operated in hazardous environments, but also for the people who man these installations and often work in harsh and extreme conditions.

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, was invited to address these issues, focusing primarily on personnel competence, at the IEC industrializing country workshop which took place during the General Meeting in Melbourne. IECEx is the only international system that covers the testing and certification of equipment, repair and overhaul facilities and personnel competence.

Issue 10/2011

Pooling resources

IEC-OIML agreement helps reduce costs, time and complexity

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it”. Lord Kelvin, First IEC President.

What Lord Kelvin said more than a hundred years ago is still true. The technology of the 21st century may be a far cry from that of Lord Kelvin’s era, but metrology is still a key element of standardization and conformity assessment, essential to the work of the IEC and the OIML, the International Organization of Legal Metrology.

Issue 10/2011

Men of Ex-perience

Improving safety of hazardous areas through certified personnel competence

Testing and certification of Ex (explosive) equipment and its servicing is essential, as is the assessment and certification of competence of those individuals that install, repair and handle equipment in hazardous areas. Safety depends on it.

Issue 10/2011

LEDs lead

Strong IECQ presence in Asia-Pacific

An LED (Light-Emitting Diode) is basically a semiconductor light source. LEDs, primarily used as indicator lamps in many devices, are increasingly used for industrial, commercial, residential and domestic lighting. The market for LEDs is large, growing fast and is dominated by Asian manufacturers from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Issue 09/2011

Switched on to safety

IECEE helps build strong consumer confidence

When buying a new electrical appliance, who pays much attention to the cable – or to the control switch, for that matter? Customers tend to focus on the design, the look, the size, the price or the overall performance of the product. They are likely to overlook other aspects and see the cable and the switches as necessary appendages that don’t merit close examination. They usually take it for granted that the device they acquire is safe and reliable, and will perform without any problems.

Issue 09/2011

Freeze protection

IECEx certifies trace-heating cables

Pipelines, tanks and vessels that store or transport potentially explosive substances are frequently subjected to extreme climatic conditions and huge temperature variations. Confronted with the problem of protecting equipment from freezing or ensuring that products were stored at the correct temperature, engineers were quick to find a solution: electric trace-heating cables.

Issue 09/2011

Speedy delivery

IECQ certification ensures high quality of components used in fibre optics

Fibre optic lines have revolutionized communications, from long-distance phone calls to cable TV and Internet. Business and industry have used fibre optic technology for years to move large amounts of data quickly. Fibre-based communication is expected to grow tremendously in years to come.

Issue 08/2011

Safe batteries

Harmonization of safety requirements for batteries is underway

Batteries are used in numerous devices and their safety determines the lifespan and faultless operation of countless products. With converging technologies and the advent of horizontal standards comes the need to regularly review, compare and update the standards that define safety requirements in order to ensure that testing and conformity assessment processes are coordinated. This is what is currently happening for the standards issued by IEC TC 108 and IEC SC 21A.

Issue 08/2011

Moving forward

IECEE developments to meet industry demand

IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Testing and Certification for Electro-technical Equipment and Components, is a truly international conformity assessment system. The IECEE CB Scheme opens up access to the global market, while the IECEE CB-FCS (Full Certification Scheme) takes testing and certification a step further with a complete factory inspection process. IECEE is also the exclusive provider of the PV (photovoltaic) Quality Seal and Quality Mark. Technological innovations and environmental issues have prompted the setting up of additional services to meet specific demands from industry and governments worldwide.

Issue 08/2011

Taming the Ex factor

Kerry McManama plays major role in IECEx development and growth

Oil and gas refining, chemical processing, coal mining, paper and textile manufacturing, grain handling and storage, sugar refining. These are very different industrial sectors that have one thing in common. They all have hazardous areas in which flammable liquids, vapours, gases or combustible dusts present a fire or explosion hazard. The use of on-site electrical equipment just adds another spark to this dangerous mix. IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, is globally recognized as helping companies tame hazards in Ex (explosive) areas.

Issue 08/2011

Dubai to host major IECEx event

First IECEx International Conference in the Middle East

Middle Eastern countries that have a large number of oil producing and processing operations are expressing a strong interest in IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres. To help educate interested parties about the System and learn how the region can benefit from it, ESMA (Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology) has taken the initiative and approached IECEx to host a major event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Issue 08/2011

Safety inside

IECQ certification ensures reliability and consistency in electronics

Electronic components. We don’t see them. Most of us don’t even know what they look like. But we cannot do without them. Homes, offices, factories and transportation systems all rely heavily on them. Mobile telephones, computers, car and aircraft navigation systems, and automated production chains wouldn’t exist without them.

Issue 07/2011

Industrial automation certified

IECEE responds to market demand

From the wheel that helped transport heavy loads to the fire that provided heat, inventions and discoveries have made life much easier. The advent of electricity was a turning point in the industrial world. Automated operations were introduced that could be performed without the need for human intervention. The development of automation throughout the 20th century brought enormous changes: some jobs disappeared, others underwent major transformations and new ones were created.

Issue 07/2011

The way forward

Training Iraqi engineers for major oil production project

In Iraq, one of the world's three leading oil-rich countries, the first signs of economic recovery are in place, but total reconstruction and restoration of existing superstructures and infrastructures is still a long way off.

Issue 07/2011

Keeping electronics safe

IECQ: the best tool for tackling counterfeit and hazardous substances

The global market for electronic components has shown strong growth for many years. This is a real success story, achieved as a result of consistent technological and industrial innovation. In recent years, electronic manufacturers have had to address new concerns: national and regional endeavours to pass legislation restricting or forbidding the use of hazardous substances in components, and the emergence of counterfeit products

Issue 06/2011

Taming ocean's energy

IEC looks into conformity assessment solution for marine energy equipment

While oceans are an enormous source of renewable energy with the potential to satisfy an important percentage of the world's demand for electricity, marine energy has not evolved at the same rate as other types of renewable energy. Although there has been on-going research in this field for the last 30 years, the technologies developed to harness the energy from waves, tidal and water currents are still at early stages of development. Driven by the necessity to look for alternative options to increase the amount of energy produced, some countries have recently started to invest in projects that convert ocean power into electric power.

Issue 06/2011

From the very big to the very small

Robotic applications in Ex environments

Potentially explosive environments are obvious terrains in which to choose to deploy robots. During the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, robotic submersibles were sent underwater to contain and ultimately cap the spill on the sea floor, where direct human intervention was impossible. But most robots used in Ex atmospheres don't operate in such difficult and extreme conditions.

Issue 06/2011

Robotics for electronics

Use of robots in electronics assembly lines accelerates fast

There are all types of robots loaded with electrotechnology and the electronics and semiconductor industries are relying increasingly on robotics for their product assembly processes. According to data compiled by the US Robotic Industries Association, the volume of robot sales to the electronics and semiconductor industry rose by nearly two-thirds during the first quarter of 2011.

Issue 06/2011

High rise

Number of IECEE CB Test Certificates issued is growing fast

IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, held its annual series of meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, during the last week of June 2011. IECEE Executive Secretary Pierre de Ruvo made a presentation on the System's activities over the past 12 months and highlighted the good results obtained by CB Test Certificates.

Issue 05/2011

Certifying energy efficiency

Certifying energy efficiency

In commercial and office buildings, energy is consumed by appliances and equipment, from computers and copiers to water coolers and lighting. Heating and cooling equipment – often out of sight – is another major source of energy consumption.

Issue 05/2011

IECEx in China

Chinese Testing Laboratory promotes the system at major event

China has seen huge economic changes in the past three decades. The state began to reform its economy at the end of the 1970s, shifting from a state-planned to a market economy. This move gave many industry sectors free rein to develop and grow, locally and internationally. Chinese industry is now a major player in the global market. China is also the country that has the world’s largest population.

Issue 05/2011

Riding high

IECQ makes commercial and office environments safer

Electronics are everywhere in commercial and office buildings. Elevators, escalators, automatic sliding doors or lighting all rely heavily on electronics nowadays. The same can be said of most of the smaller devices that equip stores and offices. While safety is an important issue for any electronic device, it is becoming crucial for equipment that is used by hundreds, if not thousands, of people every day.

Issue 04/2011

DIY and gardening made safer

IECEE at forefront in certification of portable electric tools

Sunny days. Milder temperatures. No doubt spring is back. If you have a garden, it’s time to resume all the great outdoor activities the winter interrupted. Mowing the lawn, pruning the trees, fixing things around the house, uncovering and filling the pool (if you’re lucky enough to have one) and getting the barbecue ready are some of the tasks to be performed before you can relax and enjoy the good life in your garden.

Issue 04/2011

Quality systems for Ex equipment

New IEC Standard to be used as basis for IECEx certification

In April, IEC TC (Technical Committee) 31 and SC (Subcommittee) 31M were proud to announce the publication of ISO/IEC 80079-34, the first standard to be developed by this unique subcommittee.

Issue 04/2011

Sophisticated tools for outdoor use

Sophisticated tools for outdoor use

Modern-day technologies are not confined to homes, factories or offices. They have also reached the outdoors. While electric lawn mowers and gardening tools have been around for some time, they have, in recent years, benefitted from the numerous developments in the electronics sector, as have other outdoor devices and equipment.

Issue 03/2011

Keep the engine running

Safety and performance of batteries certified by IECEE

As EVs (electric vehicles) make their comeback — they were first seen in the 1900s and then briefly in the 1970s — much of the focus is on batteries, their main power source. Fuel-powered and hybrid cars, trucks, buses, locomotives and aircraft also rely on batteries to start their engine or, in some cases, the APU (auxiliary power unit).

Issue 03/2011

Safe (re)fuelling

IECEx Schemes help reduce risks

Ex or explosive atmospheres are not restricted to oil refineries, offshore oil rigs, gas plants or mines. Many other industries also operate in potentially hazardous environments: sugar refineries, flour mills, grain silos and the paper and textile sectors, to name a few. Ex risks also exist in transportation.

Issue 03/2011

United Nations endorses IEC

New UNECE publication offers regulatory framework for Ex areas

In January 2011 the United Nations, via UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), recommended the IEC and IECEx, one of the three IEC Conformity Assessment Systems, as the world’s best practice model for the verification of conformity to International Standards.

Issue 03/2011

High-tech travel

IECQ helps make electronic devices and systems safer

The boom in air and road traffic in the past 40 years or so has been determinant in the development of electronics in those sectors. Today, all modes of transportation rely on electronics for navigation, communication or engine-control management as well as for entertainment. Electronic devices and systems are designed to bring more safety, reliability and comfort to pilots, drivers and passengers alike.

Issue 01/2011

Reducing risks and injuries

IECEE tests essential in reducing risks

It is safe to assume that there is at least one electrical appliance in every room of your house or apartment. If nothing else, there is at least a lamp.

Issue 01/2011

MBE

IECEx ExTAG Chairman and Baseefa leader honoured

Ron Sinclair, Managing Director of the private certification body Baseefa Ltd., was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the UK’s (United Kingdom’s) 2011 New Year’s Honours List for his services to Certification and Standards.