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Article archive for International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC);

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Safe nuclear power in the energy mix? 13 September 2022

In addition to the numerous challenges it poses to countries all over the world, the current energy crisis has triggered a serious debate on nuclear energy, especially in Europe....

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Protecting people and equipment from explosions: IEC Technical Committee 31 16 June 2021

Martin Thedens is the Chair of IEC Technical Committee 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres. The Technical Committee publishes safety standards relating to equipment used in hazardous areas, where flammable liquids, vapours, gases or dusts are likely to occur in quantities sufficient to cause an explosion....

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Standards Update 25 August 2011

How important are international standards in the Ex world? How widely are they adopted? Who produces and revises them? How much influence can my country have on the content? How can I get involved? What is Committee TC 31 and why do there seem to be several TC 31s? What standards does TC 31 develop? How can I get my Ex equipment certified to the TC 31 standards?...

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Morocco joins the IEC 06 August 2010

The IEC has welcomed Morocco as its 81st member, joining a growing community of 162 countries involved electrotechnical standardization. Morocco is a major player in African economic affairs and the 5th largest African economy by GDP (close to USD 91 billion in 2009). Over the past five years, the country enjoyed an annual growth of about 5%....

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Functional safety comes of age with IEC 61511 revision 01 June 2009

Independent professional community Safety Users Group has conducted an unprecedented round table discussion with members of the IEC 61511 standard committee to explore the maintenance of the functional safety standard and addresses common misconceptions. ...

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Iraq becomes IEC’s 75th member 10 March 2009

Global standardisation took a welcomed step forward last week when Iraq became the 75th member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – the organisation that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies and that manages global conformity assessment systems. ...

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US experts win Lord Kelvin Awards 24 November 2008

US experts Donald N. Heirman and Scott K. Jameson have received the prestigious IEC Lord Kelvin Award for their outstanding contributions to electrotechnical standardisation. The awards are given by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the world’s leading organisation that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as "electrotechnology". ...

Electrotechnology experts gather in São Paulo 18 November 2008

More than 1 000 engineers, business leaders, technologists and representatives from governments from 53 countries are gathering in São Paulo, Brazil, for the 72nd General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission – the IEC – the world leading organisation that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as "electrotechnology". ...

WirelessHart specification approved by IEC 21 October 2008

The WirelessHart Communication Specification (Hart 7.1) was approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a Publicly Available Specification (IEC/PAS 62591Ed. 1) on 19 September 2008. The National Committees of 29 separate countries participated in the approval ballot. WirelessHart Communication is the first industrial wireless communication technology to achieve this level of international recognition. ...

IEC welcomes the Philippines as member 14 October 2008

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is pleased to welcome the Philippines as its 72nd member country. This brings the total number of countries participating in the IEC Family to 154 – 72 Members and 82 Affiliates from developing countries – encompassing more than 95 % of the world population. ...