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

IEC e-tech – March 2010


IEC e-tech: December 2010

March 2010 edition

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Managing Editor e-tech :

Philippa Martin-King

 

Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich

 

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Electrified transportation – theme for the March e-tech

Electrified transportation – theme for the March e-tech

 

Public and private, the IEC is facilitating energy efficient vehicles and transportation around the globe.

 

This edition features a number of articles:

 

  • development of many types of electrified transport including trains
  • challenges of electric energy transmission & storage
  • use of fuel cells including micro transportable models
  • safety measures for the new X-ray detection equipment for travellers in airports

 

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SMB – Management of consensus and international standardization work

SMB – Management of consensus and international standardization work

 

The IEC SMB (Standardization Management Board) is responsible for the management of all IEC standardization work.

 

It also manages three other types of IEC body, namely:

 

  • Technical Advisory Committees
  • Sector Boards
  • Strategic Groups

 

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Organizing IEC meetings – What's new?

Organizing IEC meetings – What's new?

 

The IEC has developed a new electronic web application, MRS (Meeting Registration System) to facilitate the organization of meetings and on-line registration.

 

An evolution of the application developed for General Meetings, the system has now been adapted for the organization and registration of TC/SC meetings.

 

The resulting electronic tool provides a centralized on-line platform accessible to all users with an IEC user name and password.

 

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Grid ComForum - beyond smart grid technology

Grid ComForum - beyond smart grid technology

 

In the past, the concept of the grid was often simply that of responding to the need to supply local power. If demand exceeded the offer, the result was a blackout. Today, the additional elements of increasing unpredictability, social consciousness and environmental factors are drivers to manage power needs in a more efficient and economic manner.

 

The IEC was a partner at the two-day California conference, Grid ComForum at which an impressive panel of international speakers discussed some of the tools and means of getting smarter, better connected and dealing with changes quickly and accurately.

 

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New "Review and maintenance procedures" for IEC publications

New "Review and maintenance procedures" for IEC publications

 

The IEC has adopted new review and maintenance procedures for IEC publications which can be found in the latest edition of the ISO/IEC Directives Supplement – Procedures specific to IEC.

 

A non-exhaustive list of indicators to be used in the review process has been established covering:

 

  • Adoption or future adoption as a national standard or other publication
  • Use by IEC NCs (National Committees) without adoption or for products manufactured/ used based on the publication
  • Publication or its national adoption reference in regulation
  • IEC Central Office sales statistics.

 

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IECEE instrumental in the safety and performance of electric cars

IECEE instrumental in the safety and performance of electric cars

 

Electric vehicles were popular around the turn of the 20th century when they had the technical edge over fuel-powered cars. Their ensuing role in the development of the automotive industry was small. They resurfaced in the 1970s, but remained a minority until the 1990s with the emergence of environmental concerns about fossil fuels.

 

Today, the IECEE is an essential player when it comes to certifying EVs.

 

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IECEx and Personnel Competency in hazardous areas

IECEx and Personnel Competency in hazardous areas

 

To assure competency is maintained most companies provide their management and staff with additional training on a regular basis. But while it is important for any company to keep in touch with the world as it evolves, continuing education is even more vital in the Ex industry.

 

The Ex industry, comprises all areas where a concentration of flammable gases, liquids or combustible dusts may be present. These areas are called explosive atmospheres or hazardous locations. They include oil rigs, chemical processing plants, coal mines, sugar refineries, grain handling and storage sites, refuelling stations, and more. Working in such environments requires highly skilled people who are well aware of the potential dangers. While IECEx does not provide training programmes, it does provide an internationally structured system to assess the competence of persons for their ability to apply International Ex related Standards.

 

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IECQ and the extraordinary potential for growth in the 21st century

IECQ and the extraordinary potential for growth in the 21st century

 

Interview with Dave W. Smith, Chairman of the IECQ Management Committee.

 

He talks of some of the programmes of the IECQ system including the:

 

  • Electronic Component Management Plan
  • Hazardous Substances Process Management
  • Electronic Component Certification Board

 

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Rolling into a new age with electrically powered public transport

Rolling into a new age with electrically powered public transport

 

Efforts to build a cleaner future are galvanising many sectors of the transport industry. Enormous activity is occurring in the development of EVs (electric vehicles) and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) particularly where public transport, serviced by buses and trains, is concerned.

 

There are different approaches to power generation and the smart grid including supercapacitors and fuel cells, together with other projects such as regenerative braking for feeding back power and nickel-metal hydride batteries for increased storage.

 

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Fuel cells propel trains to a hydrogen future

Fuel cells propel trains to a hydrogen future

 

A "switch-locomotive" prototype rolled along the tracks in January in sunny Los Angeles, California, United States of America and more prototypes are under development worldwide.

 

This article looks at some of the uses of fuel cells and hydrogen as a replacement for the propulsion system of diesel locomotives

 

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TC 105 prepares standards as fuel cells go commercial

TC 105 prepares standards as fuel cells go commercial

 

Fuel cells pack an energy punch. They’re energy-efficient and can produce electricity for a variety of systems, including mobile telephones, laptop computers, ships, airplanes, forklifts, factories and private households. Such versatility means that fuel cells can be used worldwide, and worldwide applications call for International Standards.

 

IEC TC 105: Fuel cell technologies, has already prepared a number of standards on safety, installation and performance of both stationary fuel cell systems and portable and micro fuel cells to help shepherd fuel cell technologies from research and development to the market.

 

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Georgia and Jordan newest Associate Members of the IEC

Georgia and Jordan newest Associate Members of the IEC

 

Council approved in February 2010 the applications of Georgia and Jordan to become Associate Members of the IEC.

 

Both countries had been participants in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme, joining in 2002 and 2001 respectively.

 

They are the IEC's 77th and 78th Member countries.

 

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Brunei Darussalam adopts IEC Standards, putting safety first

Brunei Darussalam adopts IEC Standards, putting safety first

 

Brunei Darussalam recently announced new safety standards for household appliances.

 

Brunei, participant in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme, adopted 15 IEC International Standards to which it applies the national reference code PBD. It expects to adopt a further 79 IEC standards over a period of time.

 

Brunei has announced as national priority a public awareness programme.

 

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Extended chairmanships for TCs 116 and 93

Extended chairmanships for TCs 116 and 93

 

SMB has approved three-year extensions to the terms of office of the present chairmen of TC 116: Safety of hand-held motor-operated electric tools, and TC 93: Design automation, the secretariats of which are both held by the United States National Committee.

 

What are the duties of a chairman?

 

 

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Honduras forms its NEC

Honduras forms its NEC

 

What is an NEC?

 

On 14 October 2009 – World Standards Day – COHCIT, the Honduran Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, together with its associated organization OHN, the Honduran Standardization Organization, created the Honduran NEC.

 

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The electric car solution and the Better Place project

The electric car solution and the Better Place project

 

Transcript of Shai Agassi’s address to the National Committee Presidents’ workshop during the IEC General Meeting 18-22 October 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

“How would we run an entire country without oil?” Imagineering and engineering.

 

Agassi illustrates how without International Standards the Better Place project would be much more difficult, if not impossible, to conduct.

 

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X-ray airport scanners – stripped naked or...

X-ray airport scanners – stripped naked or...

 

The popular press continues to sensationalize the use of X-ray scanners in airports. Photos of buttocks, body piercings and other very personal items accompany the complaints of invasion of privacy, pornography, child abuse and so on.

 

IEC 62463, Radiation protection instrumentation - X-ray systems for the screening of persons for security and the carrying of illicit items, is in its final stages before publication. This publication deals with those X-ray screening assemblies that are used to examine people for such objects as weapons, explosives and smuggled or stolen items such as drugs or diamonds.

 

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New standard for risk management published

New standard for risk management published

 

The IEC recently released a new double logo, double prefix International Standard on risk assessment techniques which is a supporting standard for ISO 31000 Risk management -- Principles and guidelines.

 

IEC/ISO 31010 was developed by IEC TC (Technical Committee) 56: Dependability. It covers:

 

  • Risk assessment concepts
  • The risk assessment process
  • A selection of risk assessment techniques

 

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More in store concerning Functional Safety

More in store concerning Functional Safety

 

One of the IEC's most important series of standards deals with Functional Safety. The first edition was issued in 1998. Right from the start it became one of the most popular IEC publications.

 

Now the revision of IEC 61508-1 is about to be published as a "commented version", a new added value approach to IEC publications.

 

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