Interoperability

A must for today’s “Made in the World” products

By Claire Marchand

Even if the packaging of the brand-new device you just acquired indicates that it was made in a specific country, you can be assured that it isn’t quite the whole picture. Chances are great that some of the components came from country A, others from country B, and the rest from country C. Nowadays, very few manufacturers can boast that their products are made in one country.

IEC International Standards and CA Systems are central to the integration of parts and components from various origins and to the expansion of global trade
IEC International Standards and CA Systems are central to the integration of parts and components from various origins and to the expansion of global trade

This is especially true for electrical and electronic products. When integrating components from every possible origin into their products, manufacturers need to make sure they have the ability to operate together seamlessly, reliably and safely.

This is where the IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems play a major role. Many IEC TCs (Technical Committees) develop Standards for components, assemblies, and installations; they also cover other aspects such as terminology, dependability, safety and so forth. They ensure that all manufacturers and suppliers speak the same language when it comes to technology.

In addition, the IEC CA Systems, based on IEC International Standards, provide independent testing and certification to ensure the safety, reliability and performance of products and systems.

Gallery
When integrating components and assemblies from various origins... When integrating components and assemblies from various origins...
...manufacturers have to ensure that they operate together seamlessly, reliably and safely ...manufacturers have to ensure that they operate together seamlessly, reliably and safely
IEC International Standards and CA Systems are central to the integration of parts and components from various origins and to the expansion of global trade IEC International Standards and CA Systems are central to the integration of parts and components from various origins and to the expansion of global trade
Claire Marchand Claire Marchand, MAnaging Editor e-tech