Conformity assessment

  • Smart, safe and reliable

    21 June 2017 by Claire Marchand
    Inventions of past centuries have paved the way for today’s technological innovations. This is the case for many of the electronic components that we use so liberally today. The Leyden Jar, for instance, is the ancestor...
  • Number one in its field

    21 June 2017 by Claire Marchand
    Year in, year out, the list of incidents happening in hazardous areas doesn’t seem to be diminishing. The oil and gas sector has had its share of fires and explosions, obviously, that have been widely reported both in...
  • Green connections

    21 May 2017 by Claire Marchand
    Smart and connectivity are two of the words that probably best describe our society in the 21st century. Everyone and everything is connected nowadays, or soon will be. Cities, buildings, homes, farms, industrial plants...
  • China on the agenda

    21 May 2017 by Claire Marchand
    IECEx, the IEC System for Certification for Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, chose to hold the 2017 IECEx International Conference in Shanghai, China, on 11-12 April 2017.
  • The hazardous world of Ex Marking

    21 April 2017 by Ron Sinclair MBE, Chair of European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) CLC/TC 31: Electrical apparatus for potentially explosive atmospheres, member of WG 22 of IEC TC 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres, IECEEx ExSFC Chair
    This article was first published in HazardEx on 20 April 2017 - subheadings and "About IECEx" section were inserted editorially by IECThe one subject guaranteed to get everyone hot under the collar is the subject of the...
  • Sensors at the heart of disaster relief

    21 April 2017 by Claire Marchand
    Long gone is the time when populations knew of an earthquake when it was actually happening, when rescue teams cleared rubble with their bare hands, when it took days to deliver food and medical supplies to devastated...
  • Energy Efficiency starts at home

    21 April 2017 by Antoinette Price
    Today, numerous machines and devices powered by electricity can be found in our homes. Take, for example, the kitchen. This room alone probably has a dishwasher, an oven and a fridge, not to mention an array of smaller...
  • The Ex sector turns to EVs

    21 March 2017 by Claire Marchand
    When the term electric vehicle (EV) comes up, it usually brings to mind electric cars and possibly buses or other means of urban transportation. Seldom do we see the mention of industrial vehicles, although they...
  • Smart home: a life-changing experience

    21 March 2017 by Claire Marchand
    While recent developments in home automation are bound to make anyone’s life easier, there are certain categories of the population for which it may be a life-changing experience: elderly and/or disabled people have very...
  • Dusty business

    21 March 2017 by Claire Marchand
    Some industry sectors are automatically associated with explosive (Ex) atmospheres – oil and gas, petrochemical plants, mining and in particular coal mining. Many others won’t necessarily come to mind although the risk...
  • Nailing safety

    21 March 2017 by Antoinette Price
    Power tools are lighter, perform better and last longer, thanks to improved cordless battery technology, benefiting professionals in manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and construction, and amateurs alike. This booming...
  • A certificate in record time

    24 January 2017 by Claire Marchand
    Demand for the use of solid state technology for general and specific lighting applications continues to grow at a very rapid pace. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in particular, on the market since the early 1960s, have...
  • The dynamics of success

    24 January 2017 by Claire Marchand
    The oil and gas industry sector has faced many challenges in recent years. The severe drop in oil prices has affected companies and economies throughout the world. In parallel, the need to for developed and developing...