R. STAHL to host an IEC standards development conference
R. STAHL, a leading supplier of products and systems for explosion protection, has announced it will host the Technical Committee 31 (TC31) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) from 25 March to 5 April 2019 in Waldenburg.
This is the first time a manufacturer will host the IEC/TC31 conference, which is expected to attract about 200 attendees. The company explained that the technical committee, which has members from 40 nations from all over the world, will draft the new international explosion protection standards and update the existing ones.
"The globally accepted IEC standards are a common basis for manufacturers of electrical and non-electrical equipment to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres and for operators of such equipment," said Dr Mathias Hallmann, Chief Executive Officer of R. STAHL. "For decades, we bring in our leading position in explosion protection to further develop these standards for the continuous improvement of the safety of people and the environment. We are very pleased to welcome the world's leading experts in this field at our headquarters in Waldenburg this year."
R. STAHL's experience in the development and production of state-of-the-art explosion-proof products helps to ensure that new standards remain practical and technically easy to implement, and that test procedures are designed to be safe and efficient. At this year's conference, the company will appoint eight of its experts to various working groups tasked with the responsibility to amend the existing explosion protection standards for electrical equipment and installations.
The Chairman's Advisory Group (CAG), which prepares the adaptions to standards and submits them for decision, will also meet during the two-week event. R. STAHL is represented by four experts at the CAG: Manfred Kaiser, Brad Zimmermann, Falk Thürmer and Otto Walch.
The standards are the basis for the conformity assessment in the IECEx system, chaired by Professor Dr Thorsten Arnhold, who is responsible for technology at R. STAHL.
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