In the home environment, robots have taken over mopping and vacuum-cleaning, your smart phone lets you communicate with your fridge or oven and control the washing machine. Shopping is done online.
TVs are now more than just TVs. In addition to providing a broad range of content, including traditional broadcast, video on-demand and catch-up TV services, smart TVs also provide you with access to a wide variety of advanced interactive services and Internet applications.
Computers, tablets and phones have replaced the more traditional card and board games and allow you to link with players from all over the world via the Internet.
Electronics are not confined to the home; they have also changed the way we enjoy the outdoors. When you go running, you can easily track your progress and monitor your efforts. Even tennis racquets are becoming intelligent, with integrated sensors gathering data about the game for analysis later on your computer.
From outdoor lights with motion detectors to infra-red electronic fencing around the pool and wave detection alarm systems inside it, a whole range of devices and systems have been developed to help you make the area around your home safer.
We usually just take it for granted that the devices and appliances we use all the time perform as they are meant to. We don’t even think about what goes into their production before they reach the market.
Safe and high-quality components
No consumer electronics, no smart appliance would exist without electronic components. Sensors, connectors, resistors, capacitors, semiconductors, LEDs (light-emitting diodes), OLEDs (organic LEDs) and MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) are just some of the numerous components that are widely used. For them to work smoothly, they have to be faultless. One low-quality component can have disastrous effects.
This is why it is important for manufacturers of electrical and electronic goods to be assured that the electronic components contained in their products are reliable and safe.
Eliminating inspection and quality-auditing costs
IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, is instrumental in proving the quality and reliability of electronic components. The system also helps manufacturers minimize incoming inspection costs and eliminate suppliers' requirement to audit for quality by favouring suppliers who hold IECQ product approvals for their components.
IECQ does more than just test and certify a wide range of electronic components. Through its IECQ HSPM (Hazardous Substances Process Management) programme, it also helps electronic component suppliers prove that their products comply with hazardous substances requirements.