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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 job of describing the issue—“The multiplicity of technologies and their Read more [...]
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 affiliate members.  Within the Full Member category, there is an additional Read more [...]
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 welcome change to the rules under which IEC standards are developed.  This kind of flexibility is especially needed for standards for rapidly Read more [...]
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 through a joint venture co-sponsored by ASHRAE and NEMA.  This activity will result in a data model Read more [...]
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 amount of time goes into what to do with that Read more [...]
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 takes on new significance. Thanks to NEMA the meaning of standard has Read more [...]
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.  These two NEMA member groups are to be commended for their work and spirit of cooperation.  Read more [...]
AWG Wire Sizing System goes Global

AWG Wire Sizing System goes Global

On September 29th 2009 the IEC published IEC/TR 62602 Conductors of insulated cables - Data for AWG and KCMIL sizes.     The informative publication completed the first of several stages in a process initiated by NEMA members to ultimately produce a normative IEC standard for both metric based and N. American sized conductors.   A good reason to celebrate this important achievement is that it may now be referenced in other international normative documents, thereby Read more [...]
Congratulations to NEMA Cable Ties Section Members

Congratulations to NEMA Cable Ties Section Members

This Friday, UL, CSA and ANCE will publish a new North American standard for cable ties for electrical installations, based on IEC 62775 (same title).  Members of the NEMA Cable Ties Section and Technical Committee are to be congratulated for driving the development of this standard, an effort which began 3 years ago.  These members worked thoroughly and harmoniously to make sure that the standard aligned with the IEC requirements as closely as possible while taking into account essential Read more [...]
A Plug-in Pilot

A Plug-in Pilot

I just heard about The EV Project, which officially launched last month. The Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), using a $99.8 million grant from DOE, plans to install 11,210 chargers for electric vehicles in five states. During the 36-month project, chargers will be installed in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington State to power 4,700 cars. I’m really curious to see how this pilot will progress. Electric cars are coming [back], and the question is how, Read more [...]