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Issue 06/2018

Recognizing exceptional achievements

2018 Thomas A. Edison Awards laureates

Every year, the IEC pays tribute to people from its organization, for their distinguished work and commitment to improving the safety, compatibility and energy efficiency of electrical products and systems, with its Thomas Edison Award.

Issue 04/2018

2018 IEC Awards

Recognizing excellence and commitment to IEC

Every year 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. 

2017
Issue 07/2017

Turn up the heat

New Technical Specifications on electromagnetic nearfields

Safety is a crucial concern for anyone working in industries that use electroheating. The IEC has established key International Standards in that area under the remit of  IEC Technical Committee (TC) 27: Industrial heating and electromagnetic processing. The TC, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, is not resting on its laurels and has just issued two major publications on electromagnetic nearfields.

Issue 04/2017

Energy efficient is definitely cool

New publication aims at making refrigerators and freezers more energy efficient

Refrigerators are among the first appliances purchased by practically any household that has electricity access. Unlike many other appliances they are permanently plugged in, so ensuring they are energy efficient is important for households and for the wider world. A new publication that takes into account the concept of “adjusted volume” has just been issued. 

2016
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 09/2016

Eight technology leaders recognized for outstanding contributions

2016 Thomas A. Edison Awards for exceptional achievement

Each year with the Thomas Edison Award, the IEC pays tribute to members of the IEC Family for their distinguished work and commitment to improving the safety, compatibility and energy efficiency of electrical products and systems. The Thomas Edison Award is in the spirit of Thomas Alva Edison, one of the greatest inventors in history. He developed a system of electric power generation and distribution which was a major development in the modern industrialized world. 

Issue 09/2016

IEC Lord Kelvin Award 2016

Uwe Kampet of BSH Home Appliances receives highest global prize in electrotechnology

The IEC Lord Kelvin Award, the highest global prize in electrotechnology honours Uwe Kampet’s outstanding commitment to the mission of the IEC and long-term contribution to increasing safety as well as enabling the technical harmonization that underpins global trade

2011
Issue 01/2011

Around the house wirelessly

Household electronics

From fingernail-painting printers to rechargeable electric vehicles with integrated smartphones that can search for cheap off-peak electricity rates or charging stations, CES, the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, had it all. There were new smarter smartphones equipped with voice recognition to take dictation; tablets galore – some with an additional Bluetooth keyboard; and Internet radios with wireless network security keys, rechargeable batteries and automated access to social media website pages such as Facebook and Flickr.