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In 2018, IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, held its annual meetings in October, in conjunction with the 82nd IEC General Meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea. One of the highlights of the week-long events was the official launch of the IECQ Avionics Users Forum (AUF), a discussion platform that aims to bring together professionals working in the avionics field as well as in counterfeit avoidance.
Artificial intelligence, robotics, biometrics, virtual and augmented reality, smart transportation, digital health and 5G connectivity are hot topics these days. What is their common denominator? They all rely heavily on electronic components – in fact they would not even exist if not for them.
New technology is revolutionizing the way we will consider transport in the near future. Flying cars are one of the options on the cards and a number of IEC Standards can help the various industries involved.
Avionics - a term coined from the merging of aviation and electronics - deals with all electronic devices and systems that perform specific individual functions on aircraft, satellites and spacecraft.
Take the 170 countries in the IEC family, the 20 000 technical experts who work in standards development, the many certification bodies (CBs) and test laboratories (TLs) in the IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems, and add to the mix the rapid pace at which technologies are evolving today and you have hundreds, if not thousands of stories that can be told within the IEC community.
The term "3D printing", also known as additive manufacturing, originally referred to a process that deposits a binder material onto a powder bed with inkjet printer heads layer by layer. Recently, it has been used increasingly to include a broader set of additive manufacturing techniques, such as directed energy deposition, material extrusion, material jetting, powder bed fusion, sheet lamination and photopolymerization.
What is the future for cars, buses and trucks? Manufacturers are competing to stay relevant in the years ahead. The IEC is also paving the way with a number of forward-looking Standards.
Electronic systems used on most modern commercial aircraft include hundreds of systems that help perform specific functions.
Smart and connectivity are two of the words that probably best describe our society in the 21st century. Everyone and everything is connected nowadays. Cities, buildings, transportation means, mobile devices are becoming smarter. Even the most mundane objects – the smart frying pan is a good example – have their connected version.
IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, ensures the safety and reliability of electronic components used in the IT, avionics, and a number of other industries. It also monitors and tests the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and provides assessment and certification for facilities that handle unprotected ESD (electrostatic discharge) sensitive devices.
The April issue of e-tech will focus on transportation and more specifically on EVs (electric vehicles), be they electric cars or electric urban transport vehicles.
The IEC has recently published the 2nd edition of IEC/TS 62239-1, Process management for avionics – Management plan – Part 1: Preparation and maintenance of an electronic components management plan, which now includes the management of lead-free termination finish and soldering of avionic components.
Electronic components play an ever increasing role in our lives. Homes, offices, factories and transportation systems all rely heavily on them. Mobile telephones, computers, car and airplane navigation systems and automated production chains wouldn’t exist without them. They make our lives easier and provide better communication in a world that has become global and interconnected.
Avionics – a blend of aviation and electronics – comprises all electronic systems used in aircraft, satellites and spacecraft. It includes communications, navigation, flight and engine control, collision-avoidance and weather-based systems.
Electronic components. We don’t see them. Most of us don’t even know what they look like. But we cannot do without them. Homes, offices, factories and transportation systems all rely heavily on them. Mobile telephones, computers, car and aircraft navigation systems, and automated production chains wouldn’t exist without them.
The boom in air and road traffic in the past 40 years or so has been determinant in the development of electronics in those sectors. Today, all modes of transportation rely on electronics for navigation, communication or engine-control management as well as for entertainment. Electronic devices and systems are designed to bring more safety, reliability and comfort to pilots, drivers and passengers alike.