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Issue 05/2018

From solar PV to wearables – digital printing technologies are booming

Interview with Alan Hodgson, Chair, Technical Committee 119: Printed electronics

Alan Hodgson participated in several sessions during the Printing for Fabrication conference organized by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) in Dresden, Germany, in September.

Issue 03/2018

The lighting revolution

Lighting technology has been reinvented continuously since the first light bulb was patented in the late 19th century

The invention of the light bulb had a major effect on the lives of people in the 20th century. Over the years, lighting technology has never ceased to evolve. The various milestones reached along the way coincide with some important dates in the history of the IEC.

2017
Issue 06/2017

Printed electronics gathering pace

Printed electronics has moved rapidly from lab to manufacturing processes in recent years

Printed electronics is a relatively new technology, but it has already proven a disruptive, yet creative process that allows the production of new products and components, low-cost electronic devices, which open the way to a range of new applications. It has started transforming the electronics industry and many other domains by being included in different manufacturing processes. This new technology led to the creation, in 2011, of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 119: Printed electronics.

Issue 05/2017

Is the future of lighting in OLED?

IEC publishes Standard for new lighting technology

The lighting market has been concentrating on energy-efficient solutions for years. After lamps relying on light emitting diode (LED) technology, new solutions based on organic LED (OLED) are emerging. Relevant International Standards for these are being developed by IEC Subcommittee (SC) 34A: Lamps. One such Standard covers performance requirements for OLED panels for general lighting.

Issue 05/2017

Connecting the printed electronics and wearables communities

Wearable devices will benefit from advances in printed electronics technologies

Printed electronics as a manufacturing method has become established in a number of areas across the electrotechnical world. The connections that are made are emerging as particularly significant in the new generation of wearable electronic devices. Although some wearable applications can be realized using wholly conventional rigid electronics, many will require some element of flexibility. Standardization work by a number of IEC Technical Committees (TCs) and subcommittees (SCs) is central to this development.

Issue 05/2017

A blueprint for industry

Mass-produced, thin and flexible is the way forward!

Printed electronics is set to revolutionize multiple industries from automotive to photovoltaic. The IEC is helping to find the right applications through standardization.

Issue 03/2017

April 2017 nominations and extensions

The latest TC Chair nominations and extensions approved by the SMB

In the month of April, two new Technical Committee (TC) Chairs began their terms, as nominated by the Standardization Management Board (SMB).

Issue 01/2017

New edition of Standard for OLED displays

Measurement conditions and measuring methods for optical and electro-optical parameters to ensure better image quality

The quest for better television pictures has been ongoing ever since TV was invented and in particular after it started reaching a wider audience. The second edition of an International Standard for Organic LED (OLED) displays adds to a series that will contribute to better image quality on these displays.

2016
Issue 08/2016

Supporting technologies for photovoltaics

Barrier layer assemblies and printed electronics bound to play major role, especially in thin-film flexible PV panels

There are a number of technologies supporting the development and further implementation of photovoltaic (PV) devices. International Standards developed by several IEC Technical Committees (TCs) and Subcommittees (SCs) in the barrier layer assemblies and printed electronics domains underpin this implementation. 

Issue 01/2016

Monitoring frenzy

24/7 connections: how to ensure that measurements are accurate

Is there a time of day or night when we do not rely on electrical or electronic devices in one way or another? Home and workplace are obviously full of appliances, devices and equipment that help us in our daily professional tasks and domestic chores. And with the ever growing number of wearables with us at all times, everything’s connected. Our reliance on electronics seems to be a 24/7 affair.