IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) today announced the launch of IEEE Equipment Qualification (EQ) Navigator, a consolidated online portal for independent, consistent, and streamlined assessment of compliance to IEEE nuclear power standards. IEEE EQ Navigator is designed to deliver a common resource for nuclear manufacturers to attain product qualification and test laboratory accreditation. The online portal aims to mitigate uncertainty and risk in equipment production and procurement, cut costs for source verification and audits, and help avert fraudulent product issues.
IEEE EQ Navigator is intended to eliminate market confusion by standardizing test plans, methodology and report templates, making it easier to qualify and identify products that are compliant with IEEE nuclear power standards, such as IEC/IEEE 60780-323™, IEC/IEEE International Standard – Nuclear facilities — Electrical equipment important to safety – Qualification, and IEEE 344™, IEEE Standard for Seismic Qualification of Equipment for Nuclear Power Generating Stations. IEEE EQ Navigator is designed to address technical and regulatory requirements across the nuclear industry’s rigorous qualification processes. It provides a registry of IEEE recognized accredited test labs and qualified products based on unique identifiers in order to support traceability.
“Qualification in the nuclear industry has been a very complex and labor-intensive process based on paper records,” said Jonathan Cornelius, Nuclear Product Manager with TE Connectivity and Co-Chair of IEEE NPEC Conformity Assessment Steering Committee. “IEEE EQ Navigator promises valuable benefits in cost savings, greater security, improved quality, and clarity of data end to end across the qualification process through its uniform, software-oriented approach. This better positions us to serve the global marketplace for the nuclear power industry.”
TE Connectivity, a manufacturer of qualified nuclear cable accessories, as well as connectivity and sensor solutions, and testing providers Kinectrics and NTS are implementing IEEE EQ Navigator in their qualification work for nuclear plants globally.
“Product manufacturers for nuclear power plants, the plants buying the equipment and the testing laboratories serving this industry have long sought a more seamless, secure and straightforward approach to qualification,” said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director of IEEE SA. “IEEE is a leading provider of technical standards for the global nuclear power industry, and IEEE EQ Navigator now delivers a critically-needed tool for ensuring consistency in application of those standards in equipment for nuclear plants around the world.”
The user audience for IEEE EQ Navigator includes systems integrators/specifiers, utility and plant owners, equipment and component vendors, regulatory agencies and governments, plant designers and engineers EQ testing facilities, and insurers. Stakeholders are welcome to create a free account and learn more about subscribing now.
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