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Photo: A TOSLINK (Toshiba Link) fibre optic audio cable (Photo: Hustvedt in Wikipedia)

Faster connections

How to ensure high quality and reliability of fibre optic components


Fibre optic lines have revolutionized communications, from long-distance phone calls to cable TV and Internet. Business and industry have used fibre optic technology for years to move large amounts of data quickly. Fibre-based communication is expected to grow tremendously in years to come.


[read article] – IEC e-tech | Energy | June/July 2015

Photo: The BME280 sensor combines pressure, humidity and temperature measurement (Photo: Bosch Sensortec)

Sensored all the way

How to make sure devices and systems are smart and safe


Sensors: they are invisible, most people don’t even know what they look like, but they are omnipresent today. They have a major impact on our home and work environments and are making our lives much safer and easier in many ways.


[read article] – IEC e-tech | Manufacturing & Big Data | May 2015

Photo: Marie-Elisabeth d'Ornano, Chairman, IECQ

A woman at the top

Marie-Elisabeth d'Ornano, Chairman of IECQ


Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, careers are still very much the prerogative of men. Electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment are no exception. In recent years however, women have made dents in this long-standing tradition. Marie-Elisabeth d’Ornano, who became Chairman of IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, on 1 January 2014, is such a woman and a good example for others to follow.


[read article] – IEC e-tech | Transportation | April 2015

Photo: Contact with the slide has charged the child's hair positively so that individual hairs repel one another (Photo: Chris Darling)

Tiny bursts of energy

Static electricity: an old phenomenon but now more problematic than ever


Static electricity has been a serious industrial problem for centuries. As early as the 1400s, European and Caribbean forts were using static control procedures and devices to prevent electrostatic discharge ignition of black powder stores. By the 1860s, paper mills in the USA employed basic grounding, flame ionization techniques, and steam drums to dissipate static electricity from the paper web as it went through the drying process.


[read article] – IEC e-tech | Enclosures & dependability | March 2014

Photo: LEDs are increasingly used in lighting solutions, here in an airport

High-quality LEDs

IECQ provides structured approach to supply chain management


The United Nations proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, recognizing “the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health”. This global initiative ties in very smoothly with another, put forward by IECQ (IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components), namely the IECQ LED initiative.


[read article] – IEC e-tech | Multimedia & consumer electronics | January/February 2015