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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A system by definition combines a number of different elements. Each of these elements by itself has a limited and defined function. However, when they are brought together in a system they are able [...]
Industrial robots have been around for over 50 years. The first one, an automated die-casting machine that took over hazardous tasks from workers, was installed at a General Motors plant in the US in 1961. [...]
Following the introduction of the first electric vacuum cleaners in the early 20th century, a range of different appliances have helped deal with many household chores. However, all required a certain degree [...]
FCs (fuel cells) convert the chemical energy of fuels such as hydrogen, methane or methanol into electricity through a chemical reaction. They are found in various power units and are used in portable, [...]
While the ever-growing demand for more powerful mobile electronic devices is pushing the conventional Li-ion (lithium-ion) battery to its limits, the latest portable fuel cell systems promise to deliver a longer-lasting alternative. IEC International [...]
The 2013 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show), held on 8-11 January 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, lived up to its reputation, showcasing not only products that have just reached the marketplace, but also a wide range of [...]
IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, and UNECE, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, presented a joint paper at the [...]
Cooperation agreements with other standardization and conformity assessment bodies have been on the IEC agenda for many years. One such agreement, made between the Commission’s three CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems, IAF (International Accreditation Forum) and
IEC Council elected Dr Junji Nomura of Japan as IEC President for a three-year term of office, starting 1 January 2014.
In March 2012, IEC members were asked to nominate candidates for the position of [...]
IEC Immediate Past President Jacques Régis ends his mandate at the end of this year. He shared his views and some of the milestones that marked his [...]
On 6 December, IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk addressed the Board of Directors ofANSI (American National Standards Institute). During his presentation, Vreeswijk noted that, while the importance of standardization and conformity assessment [...]
At the end of November 2012, the Italian IEC NC (National Committee) announced the death of a valued and distinguished member of the standardization community and former Lord Kelvin Award laureate, Giovanni Nozza, at the age of 87.
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