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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…

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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,…

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Shedding Some Light on Consortium Collaboration

Shedding Some Light on Consortium Collaboration

In October 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.  Thus, the incandescent lamp was born.  More than 80 years later, the first practical visible-spectrum (red) light emitting diode (LED) was developed by Nick Holonyak at General Electric Company.  Almost 50 years later, the lighting industry has evolved and added a variety of…

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Technical Experts Needed to Write Systems Standards!

Technical Experts Needed to Write Systems Standards!

Systems standards.   Much of the technology world seems to be talking about systems standards these days.  You’d think we didn’t have any standards that allow products to operate effectively with other products in applications.   But we do . . . and they do.  So what’s all the discussion about systems standards?     The IEC Master Plan 2011 does a nice…

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Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

In the world of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) there are several categories of membership for the countries that participate in that international standards body.  Full members are those National Committees that have access to all technical and managerial activities and functions, at all levels of the IEC, including voting rights in the IEC Council.  There are also Associate members and…

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IEC Pilot for Reduced CDV Voting Period a Good Call

IEC Pilot for Reduced CDV Voting Period a Good Call

It will be interesting to see how well the IEC's trial period for a reduced voting time for Committee Draft Voting documents (CDV's) works out over the next year. If the trial procedure is adopted, the ability of an IEC Technical Committee to shorten a CDV voting period from the standard 5 months down to say, 3 or 4, would be a…

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Smart grid impact deepens

Smart grid impact deepens

The promise of a more efficient electric power grid is coming closer and closer to reality.  Many of the overarching concepts have been defined and now considerable activity is underway to define the myriad of interactions between the multitude of actors in this huge play.  One such activity, sponsored by North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB)  is just getting started…

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Standards, Consensus, and the 80/20 Rule

Standards, Consensus, and the 80/20 Rule

A standards geek knows that “consensus is general agreement—not necessarily unanimity.” Recently, a NEMA member commented publicly on standards development, collaboration, and the “80/20 rule,” which generally states that: 80% of effects are generated by 20% of causes, or, conversely, that 20% of effects are generated by 80% of causes. For standards development, the NEMA member observed that “…an inordinate…

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The Meaning of Standard Has Never Been So Significant

The Meaning of Standard Has Never Been So Significant

Although the development and implementation of standards often goes overlooked their importance has never been greater. Standardization creates similar domestic (and often international) expectations ensuring that the products we buy, the services we receive and the messages we communicate are comparable no matter where we are located. In light of the ever-increasing rate of globalization the importance of comparable standards…

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Kudos to NEMA "flex conduit" groups

Kudos to NEMA "flex conduit" groups

A new 2010 edition of NEMA RV 3, Application and Installation Guidelines for Liquidtight Flexible Metallic and Nonmetallic Conduits, will be published soon.  Thanks to a joint effort of the NEMA Flexible Metal Conduit Voting Classification and the Polymer Raceway Technical Committee, RV 3, which used to contain only guideline information for LFMC, will now include both LFMC and LFNC. …

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