Many of the international standards that we depend on in the process industry were created by working groups within IEC TC65: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation. IEC TC65 holds a plenary meeting every two years to review the status of work to develop or update international standards. The most recent plenary meeting was held March 31st-April 4th, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. Since I am the technical advisor to SC65E, Devices and integration in enterprise systems, I lead the US delegation in the SC65E meeting held the afternoon of April 2nd. Below is a picture I took during this meeting of SC65E last week.
The TC65 Plenary meeting is rotated between different countries. For example, the 2102 meeting was held in Orlando Florida. The German delegation did a great job of organizing the TC65 plenary meeting in Hamburg. The city is quite nice and the train system makes it easy to get around without a car. Below is a picture I took a few block from the meeting site.
Over the next two blogs I will cover some of the work within TC65 and standards that are being addressed by working groups within TC65.