Electrical Business


Canadian Nic Maennling among IEC Thomas A Edison 2010 Laureates

September 2, 2010 | By Anthony Capkun

Every year, IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) honours the commitment and work of a select group of experts who, through their leadership and technical expertise, contribute to making technology-based products and systems safer, enabling the roll-out of innovations on a global scale and protecting the lives of millions from electric shocks and other hazards.

“Just like Edison in his day, experts working in IEC are often
world-renowned in their area. They not only try to find safe and
sometimes creative solutions to overcome challenges, but their work
answers true global needs. They fulfil the role of technology enablers,
sharing their knowledge so that others don’t have to repeat mistakes or
reinvent the wheel,” says IEC.

The IEC Thomas A. Edison Award—a newly created prize—is attributed to a
maximum of nine persons who are currently managing a Technical Committee
or Subcommittee in the IEC or one of the IEC Conformity Assessment

Among the 2010 Thomas A. Edison Award Laureates is Nic Maennling,
Secretary, IEC TC 89: Fire hazard testing (Independent Expert, Canada).
TC 89’s scope:


• To prepare international standards, technical specs and technical reports in the areas of:

– Fire hazard assessment, fire safety engineering and terminology as related to electrotechnical products.
– Measurement of fire effluent (e.g. smoke, corrosivity, toxic gases and
abnormal heat), and reviews of the state-of-the-art of current test
methods as related to electrotechnical products.
– Widely applicable small-scale test methods for use in product standards, and by manufacturers and regulators.

• Horizontal safety function:

– Guidance and test methods for assessing fire hazards of
electrotechnical equipment, their parts (including components) and
electrical insulating materials.

IEC is a global organization that prepares and publishes international
standards for all electrical, electronic and related
technologies—collectively known as electrotechnology. Its standards
cover a range of technologies, from power generation, transmission and
distribution to home appliances and office equipment, semiconductors,
fiber optics, batteries, solar energy and more.


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