Insulator Technologies & Need for Standards

August 12, 2017 • ARTICLE ARCHIVE, Insulators
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Standards have great long-term impact on the power industry and the equipment it relies on since they determine quality and stability of products as well as customer trust in and acceptance of these products. As a general rule: “No standard, no business”.
IEC TC 36 is the Committee responsible to set standard for insulators and, in this regard, is tasked with developing standards that satisfy the needs of the marketplace and individual customers. This is accomplished by means of a Strategic Business Plan that is reviewed and maintained periodically to achieve ‘continuous improvement’ that reflects and evaluates emerging technologies, market trends and environmental issues as well as new quality and safety requirements. The high voltage industry is known to be highly conservative and therefore consideration and acceptance of innovation is by nature always a challenge. Yet it is of course necessary and gates for entry of new ideas must be implemented. For comparison: in the electronics industry, product life cycles of some months are commonplace; in the HV insulator industry, product life cycles are measured in decades.
Attend the 2017 INMR WORLD CONGRESS in Barcelona-Sitges this November to hear a paper by IEC TC 36 Chairman, Dr. Jens Seifert, that reviews the history of this issue and especially changes and adaptions over the past 25 years. For example, the pathways that achieved standards for composite insulators – a true innovation 50 years ago – are shown in parallel to the board structure and activities of this Committee.