International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
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Electrical Energy

IEC helps keep the power on

 

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Electronic components are needed to build devices that are part of our everyday lives and are often the unseen enablers of electrical devices and equipment. Without switches and cables very little can be charged or connected.

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Connectors

 

 

 

 

 

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Switches

 

 

 

 

 

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Certification of components

 

 

 

 

 

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Cables

 

 

 

 

 

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Plugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Components, connectors, cables and switches

 

Electronic components are needed to build devices that are part of our everyday lives and are often the unseen enablers of electrical devices and equipment. Without switches and cables very little can be charged or connected.

 

 

Connectors

 

SC 48B: Connectors prepares International Standards for electric connectors, component devices and value added devices.
Connectors and interfaces are central to computer and multimedia devices, allowing them to communicate and exchange all forms of data and content. With a total installed base now in excess of 10 billion units, the USB (Universal Serial Bus) is by far and away the most successful interface. IEC TC 100 - TA (Technical Area) 14: Interfaces and methods of measurement for personal computing equipment, prepares International USB device Standards.

 

 

Switches

 

SC 23B: Plugs, socket-outlets and switches, prepares International Standards for electronic switches, time-delay switches, remote control switches, isolating switches and for switches and related accessories for use in Home and Building Electronic Systems (HBES).SC 23B also prepares International Standards for plugs, fixed and portable socket-outlets, fused plugs, socket-outlets for appliances, and switched socket-outlets.
TC 17: Switchgear and controlgear, prepares International Standards that establish specifications for circuit-breakers, switches, contactors, starters, disconnectors, busbars and other types of switchgear assemblies. Its four Subcommittees cover both high- and low-voltage switchgear and controlgear, together with assemblies and their associated control and/or power equipment and measuring and signalling equipment.

 

 

Certification of components

 

Appliances, multimedia equipment and security systems all require components. Whether it’s a switch, cable, or electronic component, manufacturers and suppliers can demonstrate that their components meet International Standards by having either an IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) Certificate or IECQ (IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components) Certificate of Conformity.

 

 

Cables

 

TC 20: Electric cables, covers the design, testing and end-use recommendations for insulated electrical power and control cables, their accessories and cable systems, for use in wiring and in power generation, distribution and transmission.

 

 

Cables

 

The IEC work covers the standardization of many different kinds of plugs and sockets including
SC 23B: Plugs, socket-outlets and switches, and SC 23H Plugs, Socket-outlets and Couplers for industrial and similar applications, and for Electric Vehicles.
Relevant IEC publications include:

IECEE has a specific programme for EVs, called ELVH The IECEE CB Scheme, whereby its registered CBTLs (Certification Body Testing Laboratories), and NCBs (National Certification Bodies), can test and certify charging systems & stations and plugs against two series of IEC International Standards:

  • IEC 61851, Electric vehicle conductive charging system
  •  IEC 62196, Plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors and vehicle inlets