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Author: Bill Buckson

Let’s Map Quest Harmonization

Let’s Map Quest Harmonization

As with most journeys, there are usually multiple ways to get to the final destination. Shortest route, shortest time, intermediate stop offs. We all get tired of going down the same old road, day after day, week after week and as in some standard development cases, year after year. Too bad there wasn’t a GPS for standard development. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just load in the resultant destination of our choosing…..in order to achieve U.S., CANADIAN, MEXICAN…..and Read more [...]
Why Not?

Why Not?

Canada has instituted integrated technical committees where relevant technical issues surrounding a specific product can be discussed and vetted by the various stakeholders (national, regional, international) represented, thereby reducing (in theory) considerable time in the review period normally experienced in the development cycle of a standard by multiple reviews. An example of one such activity has been designated as TCIP (Technical Committee on Industrial Products) by CSA and consists of representatives Read more [...]
Memorandum of Understanding?

Memorandum of Understanding?

Presently there exists between UL and CSA a Memorandum of Understanding on evaluations of end products and component products (UL_CSA MOU.cfm). The MOU was jointly developed by UL and CSA at the manufacturers request in order to reduce duplicity of testing by having only one agency, either UL or CSA, test a given product covering its use in either or both countries. For some products, the MOU has worked well and saved time. Less success has been seen for components. And in the 5 years, expansion Read more [...]
TRAVELING WHERE?

TRAVELING WHERE?

How many times have I heard….you’re traveling where? And for work?! Those that participate in standards development work are sometimes subject to more than what meets the eye relative to travel schedules and meeting venues. Those that regularly participate in IEC work are at times especially vulnerable to inaccurate perceptions of their activity.  To illustrate more clearly, please complete the following sentence by selecting the most appropriate from the itemized list below.    Read more [...]
Members of NEMA’S Industrial Automation And Control Systems Section Wonder….. What’s Going On Here?

Members of NEMA’S Industrial Automation And Control Systems Section Wonder….. What’s Going On Here?

For the last 17 years technical harmonization in the Americas has largely fallen under the domain of the Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas, familiarly known as CANENA. Surprisingly after almost 5 years under development, 3 terminal block standards that are IEC based (60947-7-1, 60947-7-2 and 60947-7-3),  one SDO (CSA), has determined that it will be better served to withdraw from the development process at the 11th hour, deciding to not publish Read more [...]
Veterans’ Day

Veterans’ Day

The difference between Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day  I have noticed that many (even within the media) confuse the meaning and are not aware of the difference between the Veterans' and Memorial Day Holidays.  Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. While deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans’ Day, it is the day set aside to thank and honor the 24.9 million veterans presently Read more [...]
WHY HARMONIZE?

WHY HARMONIZE?

Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way The time intervals between the initiation of harmonization projects and the publication of the developed standards as well as their adherence to a realistic maintenance cycle are cause for concerns by industry given the state of today’s economy.  While global trade and manufacturing require timely development of standards containing common requirements, some National processes remain transfixed in methods that predate the WTO mandate for technical Read more [...]
Is There a Ford in Your Future?

Is There a Ford in Your Future?

With the demise of corporately owned automotive manufacturing in the United States one wonders how the products offered by the remaining one of the once "Big Three" will appeal to the American consumer. Many pundits in their blogs and editorials have been reporting that they are being inundated with mail from Americans citing their intent to refrain from purchasing any automotive product made by either GM or Chrysler with many indicating if they do buy American at all, Ford would be their Read more [...]
Why a Memorial Day?

Why a Memorial Day?

Memorial Day did not start out as a celebration day, a party day, a shopping day or even a time to thank those who have served or who are serving the Nation. It was meant as a time of remembrance and honor for those who had given the ultimate sacrifice in protecting us while in the service of this country. Originally called Decoration Day, specifically for Northern solders killed during our Civil War, it was later expanded after WW1 to include all men and woman who had made the ultimate sacrifice Read more [...]
HOW MUCH IS A TRILLION DOLLARS?

HOW MUCH IS A TRILLION DOLLARS?

Whats's a trillion dollars? As we all become bombarded by the daily media blitz regarding the continuing saga in the varying amounts contained in projected stimuli (AKA Bailout) bills and financial shortfalls identified in millions, billions and even trillion dollar amounts, we run the risk of becoming either unmoved or apathetic due to the possible loss of our perspective on just how much for instance, a trillion dollars actually is. For comparison purposes, lets consider the following: Read more [...]