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We’re passionate about our #PeopleOfAmpcontrol and proud of what they achieve. Ampcontrol Group Engineering Manager, Dr Ian Webster, has been appointed as an Australian delegate to the international IEC/WG4 Spark Test Apparatus Work Group.

Dr Webster has been a part of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for eight years, after being invited to join as a recognised technical expert at the international level. The IEC is the premier body for electrotechnology and sets the standards for a broad range of technical equipment. The working group Ian has been invited to join oversees the design and operation of spark test apparatus to validate intrinsically safe equipment.

Ian says he is privileged to join the SC31G/ WG4 as an international delegate.

“The appointment offers the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of conventional spark testing and to push the introduction of electronic spark test methods that will bring greater objectivity and consistency into testing” says Ian.

The commitment as an Australian Delegate to the IEC means Dr Webster will attend international meetings several times a year and participate in the development of technical standards. He is one of three Australian delegates on the working group. This participation will be alongside Ian’s existing role in developing international standards for gas detectors on IEC MT 60079-29.

Ian has a special interest in making testing equipment more scientific and repeatable. He understands the importance of getting it right and knows people’s lives depends on the testing regimes. Ian’s goal in this role is to increase the accuracy and repeatability of spark testing apparatus to enhance the safety of personnel who work with electrical equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres.

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