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Harmonization: Good for Business

Harmonization: Good for Business

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Danny Abbate, Industry Director, Commercial Products, NEMA Most engineering and business students receive only a cursory introduction to standards and harmonization when studying for their undergraduate degrees. The leaders of tomorrow do not understand why standards and harmonization are important. Simply put, harmonization allows manufacturers to use one standard, for one test, to follow only one set of Read more [...]
Global Assessments of Value

Global Assessments of Value

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. In July 2007, the Conference Board of Canada conducted a study on the value of standardization to the Canadian economy on behalf of the Standards Council of Canada. The study found standardization helped to increase labor productivity by 17 percent between 1981 and 2004, accounting for nearly nine percent of economic growth during that period (“Economic benefits of standards—research reports”). In June Read more [...]
Return of Quebec’s Linguistic Roadblocks

Return of Quebec’s Linguistic Roadblocks

A resurgence of Quebec’s minority government, the Parti Québéco, has resurrected French only language restrictions to a level which has not been seen since the 1980s.  Approval organizations are advising their customers to review the wordings in their labels to comply with Canadian laws and regulations and to seek advice from Canadian legal counsel as to what language(s) is/are required for a specific product.  So far there are no reported instances of manufacturers Read more [...]
ACTA-tion on Trade

ACTA-tion on Trade

Tomorrow (Oct. 1) in Japan representatives from several governments, including the U.S., are expected to put pen to paper and formally sign an international agreement to combat theft of intellectual property rights. As NEMA has pointed out repeatedly, product counterfeiting as well as trade- and certification-mark piracy are not just an issue for movies and handbags but also for some sectors of the global electroindustry. These can also present safety issues, as explained by the Electrical Safety Read more [...]
Does Canada Need Harmonics Emissions Limits?

Does Canada Need Harmonics Emissions Limits?

The Canadian Standards Association has been pursuing adoption of IEC 61000-3-2: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-2 and 61000-3-12: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-12 that provide requirements on limiting device harmonic current emissions.  These documents, and IEEE 519, provide requirements for limiting the effect of various products on power quality due to the way they process power for their operation.  However, why are these documents Read more [...]