Schneider Electric had actively participated in the replacement of the IEC 60439 standards for Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies and in the establishment and the structuring of a much more stringent new standard, the IEC 610439. The new standard offers major benefits for both manufacturers and users with an increased quality of low-voltage switchgear and with an easier and safer design of low-voltage switchgear.
The question is: why Schneider Electric has such an active role in the International Electrotechnical Commission?
According to Jean Pascal Tricoire, Schneider Electric’s CEO, “we are at a determined point today. Indeed, either we keep on managing the energy equation as it had been managed in the past thirty years and we are facing a big wall, a big dead lock, and we will have to face wars for energy, and the price for energy will grow up very fast, there will be carbon emissions that will hamper the climate of the world etc. Or we really prepare the planet for the future, by developing renewable sources of energy but also we learn to do more while using less of our planet that means energy efficiency and energy savings. ”
That’s why Schneider Electric has a team of dedicated energy experts and a comprehensive range of energy efficient services and products in order to provide solutions for maximising energy usage. These Schneider Electric experts actively contribute to the evolution of IEC standards. Indeed, Schneider Electric is part of more than forty IEC Technical Committees (of which 5 presidency and 7 secretary positions) in order for them to establish together the standards of safety, reliability, and efficiency which are needed.
Moreover, Schneider Electric believes in a world wide industry where all the process of a product building (design, buying of materials, assemble of components and final building) will be spread all over the planet. Therefore, the IEC is the perfect institution to provide the global future standards.
We now better understand why 100% of Schneider Electric switchboards architectures are tested and comply with these new IEC 61439- 1&2 standards.