Why should you be interested?
Standards on technical documentation developed by the IEC address the following important business trends:
- Documentation is part of the product, system or installation:
Users and societies are increasingly dependent on complex systems. The demand for installations or systems that are safe, easy to operate and to maintain is increasing.
- Documents and information from different sources need to be integrated:
Companies concentrate on their core business and purchase products and subsystems from other suppliers. Consequently, the complete documentation comprises several subsets that will be exchanged and studied together.
- Multidisciplinary environment:
Complex systems often involve different technologies, of which electrotechnology is one. This calls for co-ordinated methods and rules over the technological boundaries. Standardization therefore has to be run in close co-operation with similar standards bodies for other areas,
- The whole life cycle of a product, system or installation needs documentation:
Documents link the different phases of the life cycle. Standardization will focus on the requirements for engineering and manufacturing, and also on the earlier and later phases in the cycle.
- Information technology changes the products, systems and installations:
The use of information technology in plants and installations standardizes the connections among components further, and the traditional documentation of circuits can be expected to decrease in importance. However, documentation on higher conceptual levels (which are not necessarily electrical) can be expected to increase in importance. Electronic documentation will to a high degree either be physically integrated into a chip associated with the product or made available via computer networks.
- Information technology changes the engineering and documentation process:
From computer aided drawing systems and the presentation of the visual image of a document, systems have developed into highly complex data modelling systems storing the captured information in a database. A document is becoming the representation of such stored information, generated by pre-defined electronic templates.
How can you get involved?
If you are an expert in any of the areas of activity covered by TC 3, find out how you can contribute.