The IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) is meeting in Erlangen at the invitation of the German engineering giant, Siemens. The two-day meeting on 14 and 15 January will focus on opportunities for standardization related to emerging and disruptive technologies.
The new IEC President, Dr Yinbiao Shu, will open the meeting. Other participants will include the IEC General Secretary, Frans Vreeswijk, and the MSB convenor, Dr Kazuhiko Tsutsumi, who is also a vice -president of the IEC.
Two other IEC vice-presidents, the chairs of the Conformity Assessment Board and the Standardization Management Board, respectively Shawn Paulsen and Ralph Sporer, are also taking part. Scott Colburn is representing the International Medical Device Regulators Forum, a voluntary group of regulators from around the world.
The meeting will include a visit to the high-tech Siemens factory in the Bavarian town of Amberg. The plant uses many of the technologies associated with the fourth industrial revolution, including artificial intelligence, robotics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The physical factory has a digital twin to help plan the production processes and programme machines, as well as designing products and testing them. All these technologies rely on standards created by the IEC and JTC 1, the joint technical committee for ICT set up by the IEC and ISO.
The MSB, which reports to the IEC Council Board, meets twice a year. It identifies the principal technological trends and market needs in the IEC’s fields of activity.
“The MSB sets strategies to maximize input from primary markets and establishes priorities for the technical and conformity assessment work of the IEC, improving the response of the IEC to the needs of innovative and fast-moving markets,” says MSB secretary Peter Lanctot.
The members of the IEC Market Strategy Board are corporate level leaders and principles of their companies. They represent mainly electrical equipment manufacturers, suppliers and utilities; however, it welcomes members who are from government and regulatory agencies, conformity assessment, software solution providers and ICT.
A coverage of the broad scope of the IEC is desired in the membership of the MSB, with an emphasis on new markets, technologies and opportunities.
At MSB meetings, the members join forces in spotting principal technological trends and market needs. Currently the MSB members are working to establish a repeatable process and actionable strategy to deliver mid-to-long term technology surveillance for the IEC.
Consultation and collaboration with the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) and IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) is necessary for this action, and it is likely that new entities for collaboration will be identified during this process. Outputs from the MSB include White Papers, Technology Reports and Briefing Papers.