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IEC e-tech – August / September 2010


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August/September 2010 edition

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Managing Editor e-tech :

Philippa Martin-King

 

Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich

 

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Academia – theme for the August/September e-tech

Academia – theme for the August/September e-tech

 

This month's e-tech focuses on academia and promoting standardization through education.

 

How do learning institutions perceive the message of standards as tools for economic growth, innovation, and so on?

 

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Strengthening ties with academia

Strengthening ties with academia

 

In July 2010, WSC organized Academic Week.

 

How does academia approach standardization as a subject of technical research? How do institutes deal with technology transfer or promote the use of standards for sustainable development, public welfare and international trade?

 

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Well connected

Well connected

 

Continuing to be extremely active in global Smart Grid projects, the IEC has, or will be participating in several major Smart Grid events throughout the world.

 

These include the precursor to the G20 Summit meeting when the world's energy experts will be meeting in South Korea's Jeju Island.

 

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Environmentally conscious design

Environmentally conscious design

 

As countries begin to legislate more heavily on the use of potentially dangerous substances, manufacturers are taking a closer look at their supply chain processes and at each stage of the lifecycle of their products.

 

Some of the world's most prominent academic institutions now offer courses on ECD (environmentally conscious design).

 

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Ensuring safe and efficient use of electricity

Ensuring safe and efficient use of electricity

 

Amaury Santos, Regional Manager, IEC-LARC (Latin American Regional Centre), spoke at the Latin American energy symposium that recently took place in Mexico.

 

He was there to provide an international perspective on electrical energy efficiency.

 

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IECEE enabling and testing renewable energy

IECEE enabling and testing renewable energy

 

Energy efficiency, renewable energies, Smart Grid, intelligent homes.

 

Not a day passes without an article, news programme or web post discussing or explaining or commenting about these topics.

 

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Assessing competency with IECEx certification

Assessing competency with IECEx certification

 

For the first time, the competence of personnel working in hazardous areas can be certified.

 

Some of the highest industrial explosive risks are to be found in sugar refineries, grain handling and storage silos, wood and metal saw mills.

 

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IECQ is key in fight against counterfeit

IECQ is key in fight against counterfeit

 

Counterfeit has become a major issue in global trade. It affects a number of industry sectors.

 

But, where copying a designer handbag won’t pose a safety threat, when it comes to counterfeit in electronic components, that's another story altogether.

 

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Importance of standards education

Importance of standards education

 

An extraordinary paradox exists throughout international standardization.

 

Many entities work on the standards process. "As an academic discipline, however, standards are almost invisible," says John Ketchell, Director Innovation, CCMC (CEN-CENELEC Management Centre) Belgium.

 

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Educating on standards

Educating on standards

 

Many students about to start a career in industry are unaware of the value that attaches to standardization or its importance in everyday professional life.

 

Why is standardization a vital ingredient of the education package and why should it form part of the curriculum of students in technical and humanities branches alike?

 

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New IEC Member: Morocco

New IEC Member: Morocco

 

In late July 2010, Morocco became the IEC’s 81st member, joining a growing community of 162 countries involved in electrotechnical standardization.

 

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Living and sharing electrotechnology:

Living and sharing electrotechnology:
from teaching to electricity generation and distribution

 

Ralph Craven, who has worked in a broad spectrum of privately-owned and state-run energy and resource sectors, has just joined the IEC Council Board.

 

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Living and sharing electrotechnology:

Crossing frontiers

 

"International Standards provide social and economic benefits to industry, regulators and consumers in general," said Jonathan Buck, IEC Director to an audience of delegates, observers and representatives of standards bodies at a WTO TBT special meeting on information exchange.

 

Buck was speaking on behalf of the IEC and ISO.

 

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Spreading know how

Spreading know how

 

The African continent is taking a growing interest in international electrotechnical standardization, reports Françoise Rauser.

 

She was attending the AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) General Assembly in South Africa, for the implementation of the IEC/AFSEC Cooperation agreement.

 

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Raising awareness

Raising awareness

 

Representatives from permanent missions to the UN and other Geneva-based international organizations attended an information session on the IEC set up for the benefit of Asia-Pacific countries.

 

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Crossing the ocean

Crossing the ocean

 

Attendees from Peru were able to test online conferencing with IEC Affiliate Country Programme Secretary, Françoise Rauser, and Regional Manager, IEC-LARC, Amaury Santos in June.

 

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Recent IEC nominations

Recent IEC nominations

 

Recent nominations include a new President for the IEC NC of Slovakia and a new member to the IEC Sector Board 4.

 

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IEC officers and experts reap awards

IEC officers and experts reap awards

 

The 2010 ANSI honours list includes numerous personalities from the world of electrotechnology.

 

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TC/SC Officers workshop in Seattle

Learning about the IEC

 

Two members of the IEC Family, Malaysia, a Full Member, and Jordan, an Associate Member, held special meetings this summer to learn more about different aspects of the electrotechnical world.

 

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Standards enable innovation

Standards enable innovation

 

Peter Swann is one of the authors of a 2005 report for the British DTI entitled, "The Empirical Economics of Standards". In addition to chairing a session at the July 2010 EURAS (European Academy for Standardization) conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, he also spoke on standards and their effect on innovation.

 

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Cloud computing for a greener world

Cloud computing for a greener world

 

KATS recently held a seminar aimed at discussing ways of making better use of smart IT and global standardization to enhance eco-friendly growth in the ICT industry, placing the accent on green growth strategies, cloud computing, the Smart Grid and relevant security issues.

 

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Atmospheric radiation

Atmospheric radiation

 

Bob Edwards talks about dealing with atmospheric radiation effects on avionics electronic equipment at aircraft altitudes.

Edwards is Project Leader, IEC TC 107/PT 62396: Accommodation of atmospheric radiation effects via single event effects within avionics electronic equipment.

 

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Special time-limited offer for academic institutions

Special time-limited offer for academic institutions

 

A special opportunity for academic institutions to purchase an Educational package of Horizontal, Basic and Group standards at an extremely attractive price.

 

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Spanish translation of IEC International Standard, IEC 60335-1, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 1: General requirements

¡Oye, oye!

 

Spanish translation of popular household safety publication, IEC International Standard, IEC 60335-1, Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 1: General requirements now available.

 

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