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Weighing in on the Value of Standards

Weighing in on the Value of Standards

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kevin Connelly, Senior Program Manager, NEMA   Companies from diverse sectors of our industries devote countless hours to standards development in areas such as electric vehicles, medical imaging equipment, wiring devices, and industrial controls. These sectors are as likely to cultivate evolving innovations as they are to protect mature technologies. It leads one to ask why do all industries with Read more [...]
Standardizing Electrical Products, 1936-1978

Standardizing Electrical Products, 1936-1978

How Did We Get Here?: A Brief History of NEMA, Part Two As the electrical economy began to recover after 1936, NEMA initiated a series of programs aimed at increasing sales. Rural electrification, promoted by the federal government during the Depression, formed the backbone of the NEMA business development strategy until the early 1960s. NEMA’s most important contribution to the country during the 1940s was standardization—a technical activity that had been the focus of the association’s Read more [...]
IEC Pleased to Announce Re-admission of IRAN

IEC Pleased to Announce Re-admission of IRAN

Late Friday, June 20th, Geneva based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced the immediate re-admission of the IEC National Committee of Iran as IEC’s 83rd member.  In its pronouncement, the IEC stated that the re-admission was made possible by the payment of Iran’s outstanding annual membership dues. It remains uncertain if the re-admission applies to IEC’s Conformity Assessment Activity.  The announcement of the initial suspension of Iran was followed by a strongly Read more [...]
IEC Issues Cautionary Statement on Iranian Sanctions

IEC Issues Cautionary Statement on Iranian Sanctions

Following the conclusion of a visit by a large French business delegation to Iran, aimed at reviving economic ties, Geneva based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) issued a strongly worded cautionary statement to countries participating in its Conformity Assessments Systems. IEC General Secretary & CEO, F.W.P. Vreeswijk, warned that it’s the responsibility of the member body in each participating country in the establishment of the national rules implementing any one of IEC’s Read more [...]
Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

U.S. electroindustry companies sell billions of dollars of equipment outside the U.S. each year. These companies employ many thousands of workers here in the U.S., workers whose employment depends on the ability of their company “teams” to innovate, make sales, and satisfy their customers. With most of the world’s people (95 percent) and supporting infrastructure outside the U.S., it makes sense that companies want to gain access to more markets, be competitive, and make more sales Read more [...]
The World for Electrical Standards is Flat

The World for Electrical Standards is Flat

Due to time constraints at the EE Global Conference on May 20th, Evan Gaddis had to truncate his remarks.  Included below is the full text of his speech: The World is Flat Evan R. Gaddis address to the EE Global Conference May 20, 2013   Thank you.  It’s an honor to be part of this panel and to have the opportunity to address this distinguished audience today.  I want to start out by thanking EE Global for the invitation and give a nod to the sponsors who’ve helped Read more [...]
Standards Harmonization Good for Growth of Solid State Lighting

Standards Harmonization Good for Growth of Solid State Lighting

Recently, NEMA published SSL 4-2012, SSL Retrofit Lamps: Suggested Minimum Performance Requirements.  The purpose of this standard is to provide suggested minimum performance levels for SSL retrofit products. Federal programs such as Energy Star set high performance goals to encourage growth of such products, but do not provide minimum acceptance criteria for products as a whole.  Since its publication, NEMA has been approached by several organizations wishing to adopt, in part or in total, Read more [...]
Comparing apples and oranges and energy storage

Comparing apples and oranges and energy storage

As more and more grid energy storage projects are planned, how do you select the best technology for the need, or even begin to report and compare performance?  Comparing pumped hydro, compressed air, sodium sulfur batteries, flow batteries, lead acid batteries, lithium ion batteries, flywheels, and capacitors is akin to comparing apples to oranges to pears to kumquats to….you get the point. Ambiguity in measuring performance in energy storage could result in slowing down adoption of Read more [...]
Expanded Redlined IEC standards a welcome improvement

Expanded Redlined IEC standards a welcome improvement

IEC’s decision to publish more redline versions of its standards – standards that show where changes from the previous release have taken place – should be a very welcome move for users of IEC publications who rely on knowing what amendments have taken place to current editions. Redlining is a much more manageable way to track changes in a standard than having to deal with a separate amendment publication that presents amendments in the form of instructions, such as “replace” Read more [...]
Advanced Batteries’ Progress Cited in State of the Union

Advanced Batteries’ Progress Cited in State of the Union

The progress of advanced batteries got the attention of President Obama in yesterday's State of Union address.  America's potential "to be the world's leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries" is one of the reasons to be optimistic about the future of the United States' manufacturing sector.    Innovative companies are responding to a number of marketplace demands with technologies to power our vehicles, improve electric reliability, gain efficiency, Read more [...]