2008 IEEE PSES Symposium On Product Compliance Engineering

What a great Symposium! Dr. June Andersen kicked it off with a great key­note, and the rest of the ses­sions were excellent! 

Last week I was at the 2008 PSES Symposium in Austin Texas.

This was one of the most suc­cess­ful Symposia held by the PSES, with 180 in attend­ance and 15 exhib­it­ors in the hall. Attendees came from as far as Argentina, the UK and Israel!

Dr. June Andersen gave a great key­note address on Monday morn­ing, show­ing the group how IBM man­ages world­wide com­pli­ance in more than 180 dif­fer­ent mar­kets. Dr. Andersen’s back­ground is impress­ive, and a bit intim­id­at­ing. I found her to be a warm, friendly and inter­est­ing per­son when we shared break­fast togeth­er before the con­ferece opened. Dr. Andersen’s present­a­tion will be made avail­able through the PSES web site to mem­bers, so if you would like a copy and you’re not a mem­ber, now is a great time to join!

Keith Armstrong of Cherry Clough Consultants, along with his col­leagues Jacques Delaballe and Bill Radasky presen­ted an inter­est­ing one-​day work­shop on EMC and Functional Safety, dis­cuss­ing the effects of EMC on the safety related parts of con­trol sys­tems. On Wednesday, Keith com­pleted the series with a short present­a­tion on the short­com­ings of con­ven­tion­al EMC test­ing in reveal­ing safety-​related design prob­lems. Definitely a worth­while series! Armstron, Delaballe and Radasky are plan­ning a new work­shop for next-year’s Symposium in Toronto that will carry on from this year, so if you are inter­ested in this area, plan to attend!

There were sev­er­al ses­sions on bat­ter­ies and the on-​going work that the bat­tery com­pan­ies and the main bat­tery con­sumers are under­tak­ing to resolve the design and man­u­fac­tur­ing prob­lems that led to the note­book and cell phone fires in the past year. These ses­sions were packed and well reviewed by every­one I spoke with.

There were lots of oth­er present­a­tions that I didn’t get a chance to attend – with 40 present­a­tions and only one me, it was impossible to get to every one.

If you missed this year’s Symposium, start plan­nng for next year’s in Toronto – it’s going to be great!

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Welcome to the new and improved Machinery Safety 101!

As 2008 draws to a close, Compliance InSight Consulting is enter­ing a new phase in it’s online life. We have been work­ing hard to launch our new web site, and with that our new Machinery Safety 101 pod­cast and blog.

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