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29th January 2024
A Detailed Look into Global Electronic Standards

In the fast-paced world of electronics, where innovation converges with regulatory requirements, understanding the intricate details of global Standards is essential. This comprehensive breakdown delves deeper into the specifics governing electronic products.

Understanding the Significance:

Harmonizing Innovation: Electronics standards act as a common language that transcends borders. They provide a universal framework that fosters innovation while ensuring that devices, components, and systems can seamlessly work together globally. This harmonisation promotes efficiency and accelerates the pace of technological advancements.

Safeguarding Consumers: Standards are the linchpin in guaranteeing the safety and reliability of electronic products. Compliance with established norms mitigates risks, ensuring that end-users are protected from potential hazards. From voltage requirements to electromagnetic compatibility, adherence to standards safeguards consumers and instils confidence in electronic devices.

Facilitating Trade: In the interconnected world of global commerce, adherence to recognised standards is a prerequisite for market access. Products that meet international standards are more likely to navigate regulatory hurdles, facilitating smoother trade and market expansion for manufacturers.

What are the various standards?

Electronical power supply units are crucial components in various applications and adhere to specific safety standards to ensure reliable and secure operation. Here are some key safety standards relevant to Electronical power supply units:

IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission    International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC):
  • Develops and publishes international standards for all Electronical, electronic, and related technologies.
  • Universal standards influencing the design and functionality of electronic devices globally.
BSI - British Standards Institution   British Standards Institution (BSI) – EN Standards:
  • BSI is dedicated to the development and adoption of standards, particularly those aligned with European Standards (EN). The term “EN,” derived from the German name Europäische Norm (“European Norm”), designates technical standards meticulously drafted and maintained by esteemed European bodies, including CEN (European Committee for Standardisation), CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation), and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).
  • In the UK, these standards are known as BS EN, with “BS” denoting compliance with British Standards, showcasing the UK’s commitment. BSI’s alignment with EN standards is pivotal in shaping the regulatory landscape for power supply units, emphasising their dedication to product quality, safety, and interoperability. Adhering to BS EN standards is crucial for market access in Europe, underscoring the importance of conforming to these influential benchmarks.
IEEE - Institute of Electronical and Electronics Engineers   Institute of Electronical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):
  • Publishes standards, particularly in the field of Electronical and electronics engineering.
  • Influences the design and functionality of electronic devices, ensuring compatibility and quality.
UL - Underwriters Laboratories   Underwriters Laboratories (UL):
  • Safety consulting and certification company providing product safety testing and certification services.
  • Products meeting UL’s safety standards receive UL Listing, signifying compliance with specific safety requirements.

These standards are essential instruments for professionals in the industry, providing a cohesive language and a comprehensive set of guidelines to enhance the performance and safety of power supply units across varied markets. Now, let’s delve into a more detailed analysis of how these standards are implemented in practice:

IEC 60950-1 Information Technology Equipment – Safety:

  • Applies to the safety of information technology equipment, including power supply units used in IT applications.
  • Ensures the safety of users and operators.

IEC 62368-1 Audio/Video, Information, and Communication Technology Equipment:

  • Aims to improve the safety of audio/video, information, and communication technology equipment, including power supply units.
  • Replaced the older standards IEC 60950-1 and IEC 60065.

UL 60950-1 Safety of Information Technology Equipment:

  • Similar to IEC 60950-1, it’s a safety standard for information technology equipment, including power supplies.
  • Commonly used in North America, where UL certification is prevalent.

EN 62368-1 Audio/Video, Information, and Communication Technology Equipment:

  • The European equivalent of IEC 62368-1, ensuring the safety of audio/video, information, and communication technology equipment, including power supply units.

UL 60601-1 Medical Electronical Equipment:

  • Focuses on the safety of medical Electronical equipment, including power supplies used in healthcare applications.
  • Critical for ensuring patient and operator safety.

EN 50155 – Railway Applications – Electronic Equipment Used on Rolling Stock:

  • Specifies the environmental conditions and tests for electronic equipment used on rolling stock.
  • Ensures that electronic components on trains can withstand the harsh railway environment.

IEC 61010 – Safety Requirements for Electronical Equipment for Measurement, Control, and Laboratory Use:

  • Specifies safety requirements for Electronical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use.
  • Ensures equipment safety in laboratory and industrial settings, covering various devices used in these environments.

IEC 62752 – In-Cable Control and Protection Device for Mode 2 Charging of Electronic Road Vehicles (IC-CPD):

  • Defines requirements for In-Cable Control and Protection Devices (IC-CPDs) used in Mode 2 charging of Electronic vehicles.
  • Ensures the safety and functionality of IC-CPDs, which are components of Electronic vehicle charging infrastructure.

IEC 62955 – Residential Electronical Energy Storage Systems (EESS) – Safety Requirements:

  • Specifies safety requirements for residential Electronical Energy Storage Systems (EESS).
  • Ensures the safety of energy storage systems used in residential settings, covering aspects like batteries and associated control systems.

UL 508 Industrial Control Equipment:

  • Pertains to the safety of industrial control equipment, including power supplies used in control systems.
  • Ensures the safe operation of control equipment in various industrial applications.

IEC 60335-1 Household and similar electrical appliances:

  • This standard sets forth comprehensive safety requirements for a diverse range of household and similar electrical appliances.
  • Outlines fundamental safety principles to be followed during the design and manufacturing of household electrical appliances, ensuring user safety.

IEC 61558 Safety of Power Transformers, Power Supplies, Reactors, and Similar Products:

  • A series of standards covering safety aspects of power transformers, power supplies, and related products.
  • Includes different parts addressing specific types of equipment.

IEC EN 61558-2-16: Transformers for filament lamps and associated equipment:

  • It is a harmonised European Standard under the EN framework, indicating its alignment with the regulatory objectives set by the European Union.
  • Specifically focuses on the safety requirements for transformers intended for use with filament lamps and related equipment, providing guidelines to ensure their safe design and operation.

EN 61347-1, Electronic control gear.

  • Sets safety guidelines and performance criteria for control gear used in various lighting applications, emphasising the importance of reliability and safety in electronic components.
  • Specifically, guidelines for the design, construction, testing, and marking of control gear to ensure their safe and reliable operation.

EN 61347-2-13 Electronic control gear for LED modules.

  • Outlines safety standards and testing procedures for electronic control gear used with LED modules.
  • This ensures the secure and reliable integration of LED modules into lighting systems, emphasising safety and quality in their operation.

Manufacturers of Electronical power supply units typically design their products in compliance with these standards, conducting thorough testing and obtaining certifications to validate adherence to safety requirements. Compliance with these standards is essential to ensure the safe and reliable operation of power supply units in diverse applications.

 The Importance of Compliance:

Compliance with these Approvals and standards is not a mere checkbox; it’s a commitment to safety, quality assurance, market access, and liability protection.

Ideal Power is a beacon of this commitment, where each product undergoes meticulous scrutiny to ensure it meets and exceeds global standards.

As the electronics industry continues its relentless march forward, regulatory landscapes evolve. Staying ahead of these changes is crucial and a testament to a commitment to excellence. Ideal Power remains vigilant, constantly adapting to emerging technologies and consulting with regulatory experts to ensure continued compliance. In an ever-changing landscape, Ideal Power stands firm, dedicated to navigating tomorrow’s innovations while upholding the highest global standards.

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