Standards groups move toward cooperation
IEEE and IEC leaders announce plans to improve cooperation between the two groups, with the ultimate goal of co-developing international standards.
In a joint statement , the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) declared their intention to work together to get international standards in sync. The move broadens an existing cooperation agreement, which lays out procedures for submitting and approving existing IEEE standards to IEC, to include a procedure permitting joint, parallel development of a project in both organizations leading to an IEC/IEEE International Standard.
The agreement is an addendum to the original IEC-IEEE Dual Logo Agreement, signed in October 2002; the first standard completed under the IEC/IEEE agreement was published in May 2004.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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