Life’s course can be decided by a string of unexpected events and encounters, some lucky, others unfortunate. This has certainly been the case for world-renowned US [...]
ACOS (the Advisory Committee on Safety) organized a workshop on Safety aspects in the area of e-mobility, in Frankfurt, Germany, in February. The aim of the workshop, attended by IEC President Klaus Wucherer, [...]
The April issue of e-tech will focus on transportation and more specifically on EVs (electric vehicles), be they electric cars or electric urban transport vehicles.
Drivers tempted by EVs have more choice today as manufacturers introduce new [...]
Adam Murdoch became the Chair of SC (Subcommittee) 61H: Safety of electrically-operated farm appliances on 1 March 2013. He was an IEC 2010 Young Professional. e-tech spoke to Murdoch about his vision for this subcommittee, [...]
There is an urgent need for the development of robust, low-carbon energy systems to address global issues of long-term energy security. Despite this unanimous target, Smart Grids are still failing [...]
As winter comes to a close, your jacket may give you an electrostatic shock. You may get one from touching a metallic doorknob after crossing a carpeted room or from shaking someone’s hand. Although static electricity is ever present people rarely notice it.
IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, has launched the first mobile application to show international certificates for equipment used in explosive atmospheres.
Lightning is a huge natural electrostatic discharge between electrically charged areas within a single cloud, from one cloud to another or between a cloud and the earth. The discharge is [...]
Oceans offer an enormous source of renewable energy with the potential to satisfy an important percentage of the world’s demand for electricity. Marine energy however has not evolved at the same rate as other types of [...]
Audiovisual and information and communication technology equipment can be found in virtually all homes and working environments. The widespread existence of such electrically powered devices means they have to [...]
Electrical installations and supply can be directly and adversely affected by natural phenomena and disasters such as solar storms, hurricanes, extreme cold or heat, bad weather conditions, lightning, etc. A number of IEC TCs (Technical Committees) [...]
The latest International Standard for the safety of audiovisual products and information technology equipment is often incorrectly interpreted, clarification is needed. AV (audiovisual) products and ITE (information technology equipment) are found everywhere and used [...]
William A. Radasky
Since the geomagnetic storm in March 1989 that produced a power system blackout in the Province of Quebec, Canada, considerable scientific work has been undertaken in North America, Europe and [...]
Electrical equipment cannot always be powered down for maintenance or repair and work must therefore frequently be carried out on live installations, often at high voltages. IEC TC 78: Live working, develops International [...]
The forces of nature have to be reckoned with at all times. Whether a solar storm, water, dust or a heat wave, they can cause major damage. For centuries, inventors, scientists and engineers have been devising protective [...]
rom the beginning of April the IEC website homepage has a new look, designed to provide an improved user experience for existing and new users.
Navigation made simple
The new homepage has simplified navigation with tabs for Home, Work, Learn, News and Buy which [...]
Joseph Woodland, the inventor of the barcode, passed away aged 91 last December. Although Woodland and his associate Bernard Silver received a US patent for “Classifying Apparatus and Method” in 1952, it took until the mid-1970s [...]
Electric and electronic toys form a small but growing part of the toys and games industry. They are defined as products designed specifically for children for the purpose of entertainment or education, and that require [...]
Those of you who are frequent visitors to the IECQ website will undoubtedly be pleased to discover the new and totally revamped website that launched in mid-January. And for first-time visitors who want [...]
Domestic consumers, faced with the gradual phasing out of the incandescent light bulb that has lit their environment for well over a century, have some difficulty finding new energy-efficient bulbs that reproduce the same light and [...]
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