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Issue 05/2017

The shape of prints to come

3D printing will turn manufacturing on its head

Since the mid-18th century, manufacturing has been affected by technical innovations that have led to the gradual replacement of many craft-based activities by mechanized and automated processes. From weaving to the mass production of automobiles and consumer goods and the introduction of information technology (IT) in manufacturing, these processes have had an influence on all areas of life. The emergence of 3D printing is the latest in a long line of disruptive technologies to make its mark on manufacturing. 

Issue 05/2017

Is the future of lighting in OLED?

IEC publishes Standard for new lighting technology

The lighting market has been concentrating on energy-efficient solutions for years. After lamps relying on light emitting diode (LED) technology, new solutions based on organic LED (OLED) are emerging. Relevant International Standards for these are being developed by IEC Subcommittee (SC) 34A: Lamps. One such Standard covers performance requirements for OLED panels for general lighting.

Issue 01/2017

Why Smart is more than intelligent

The origin of the word Smart

Smart is today widely used to signify added intelligence in an increasing number of otherwise ordinary constructs. The question is: why and when did we start to use the word SMART?

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Issue 06/2016

Oil for the machine

IT activities facilitate the work of the community

For many years the IEC IT Department has provided services for the IEC community, i.e. the thousands of people in the National Committees (NCs) and Technical Committees and Subcommittees (TC/SCs). As a reminder, the IEC was a pioneer in introducing 100% electronic environment for its standardization work in the early 2000s. Since then, the number of IT services available has grown tremendously.