The start of a new year is a time when, traditionally, we reflect on the progress we made during the year passed and set our goals for the new year. More often than not your professional development goals include training or some form of higher education to expand or refresh your technical knowledge. We’ve queried training resources in our niche industry to provide you with an overview of affordable solutions to meet your training goals in 2012. You’ll find here sources of compliance related seminars and workshops offered online and on location, public and private.
We invite you to submit your own suggestions for additional listings as we continue to update our events section online at www.incompliancemag.com. Send your comments to us
EMC Classes and Workshops
EMC By Your Design: A Practical Applications Seminar and Workshop – D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. (www.dlsemc.com/1101) – Learn to design products to avoid EMC problems by gaining an understanding of EMC design principles through three days of lecture multiple video clips and hands on workshops. Included are the basics from passive components, such as inductors, capacitors, grounding and cabling, to the shielding characteristics of the housing, circuit board design, ESD troubleshooting, controlling signal return currents of PCBs, how EMC and signal integrity are interrelated and how all this relates to the regulatory standards. Participants will apply these EMC principles through hands-on calculations for actual products.
For further information please visit www.dlsemc.com/1101.
The current schedule for 2012:
- April 17-19, 2012 – Northbrook, IL
- October 23-25, 2012 – Northbrook, IL
EMC Tests according to ED-14F/DO-160F, MIL-STD-461F & Previous Issues – EMCC Dr. Rasek (www.emcc.de) offers a seminar at the EMCC Seminar Centre in Unterleinleiter, Germany. A new measurement seminar in English. For further information visit www.emcc.de.
This public seminar is currently scheduled for May 7, 2012.
HIRF – High Intensity Radiated Field Effects in Aircraft – EMCC Dr. Rasek (www.emcc.de) offers a two day seminar at the EMCC Seminar Centre in Unterleinleiter, Germany. For further information visit www.emcc.de. This public seminar is currently scheduled for May 8-9, 2012.
LEMP – Lightning Electromagnetic Pulse Effects onto Aircraft – EMCC Dr. Rasek (www.emcc.de) offers a two day seminar at the EMCC Seminar Centre in Unterleinleiter, Germany. For further information visit www.emcc.de.
This public seminar is currently scheduled for May 10-11, 2012
Hands-on Fundamentals of EMC Testing Course – ETS-Lindgren offers a three-day hands-on course designed for engineers or lab technicians who want to expand their knowledge of EMC compliance testing, or are new to the subject and want to “learn-how” quickly.
Instruction is divided between class lectures and hands-on lab experience. Students are taught how to perform actual tests in a fully instrumented lab that includes a 3 meter anechoic chamber, GTEM, and a demonstration reverberation chamber. Tests are made according to published standards for radiated and conducted emissions and immunity measurements. Students receive an illustrated, bound textbook written specifically for the Fundamentals of EMC Testing course, with many of the test setups illustrated.
Class size is limited to twelve students.
- February 14 -16, 2012 – Fundamentals of EMC Compliance Testing
- March 20-22, 2012 – MIL-STD 461F
- May 22-24, 2012 – Fundamentals of EMC Compliance Testing
- October 16-18, 2012 – MIL-STD 461F
Classes are scheduled several times a year and new classes specializing in MIL-STD and wireless OTA testing are being added. For more information please visit www.ets-lindgren.com/learning
Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering – Henry Ott Consultants offers this three-day course covering the practical aspects of noise and interference control in electronic systems. The course will provide the participants with a working knowledge of electromagnetic compatibility principles. Emphasis is on cost effective EMC design for digital systems. The commercial and industrial aspects of EMC Engineering are emphasized. The amount and complexity of mathematics will be kept to a minimum, and ideas will be illustrated with examples of actual case histories.
This course is directed towards electrical engineers. However, mechanical engineers, reliability and standards engineers, technical managers, systems engineers, regulatory compliance engineers, technicians, and others who need a working knowledge of electromagnetic compatibility engineering principles will also benefit from the course.
The participants should receive from this course knowledge necessary to design electronic equipment which is compatible with the electromagnetic environment, and is in compliance with national and international EMC regulations.
The 2012 spring public seminar will be held in Atlanta, GA area April 17-19. The fall 2012 public seminar is not yet finalized, but Denver, CO area is being considered.
More information is available on the Henry Ott Consultants website (www.hottconsultants.com), both on the public and in-plant EMC courses.
Design For EMC – Kimmel Gerke Associates – EMI Guru (www.emiguru.com) – Two days focused on how to “identify, prevent, and fix” common EMI/EMC problems. Includes over 40 “fixes”. Very practical with minimal math.
EMC Troubleshooting – Kimmel Gerke Associates – EMI Guru (www.emiguru.com) – One day workshop covering troubleshooting methods. Includes several interactive case studies. Only offered in February in two locations – Orlando and San Diego.
EMI Guru 2012 Class Schedule (subject to change) – Current plans include six classes, which may expand.
- February 7-9, 2012 – San Diego, CA – Arrow Electronics Training Center, San Diego, CA
- February 13-15, 2012 – Orlando, FL – Maingate Lakeside Resort, Kissimmee, FL (near Disney World)
- March 2012 – Dallas TX and Washington DC/Baltimore MD
- April 2012 – Boston MA and Syracuse NY
Electronic Product Design and Retrofit for EMC – This two-day class gives engineering professionals the ability to successfully recognize, solve and avoid common EMI problems. Demonstrations using working hardware illustrate concepts such as radiated emissions, high frequency antennas, radiated and conducted immunity, and crosstalk in connectors, cables and IC packages. This class is appropriate for experienced circuit and system design engineers, EMC engineers, as well as those who are new to EMI problem solving. Engineers with time-to-market projects will find this workshop extremely useful. For more information please visit http://silent-solutions.com/education.htm.
EMC – Printed Circuit Board Design – This two-day class provides technical training intended for electrical and EMC engineers interested only in PC board design. It is an excellent follow-up class for students who have recently completed our two or three-day EMC class. Course topics include component placement, signal routing and stackup, power bus decoupling, signal theory and signal integrity, “ground” splits, and a critique of bad applications notes from IC vendors. Students will examine good and bad design techniques using hardware demonstrations, schematic reviews, and sample PCB layouts. For more information please visit http://silent-solutions.com/education.htm.
Circuit-to-Circuit Interference – This unique one-day class is for electrical design engineers at all levels challenged by electrical noise problems in products containing RF (wireless), analog, switching power supply and digital electronics. Through a unique combination of lecture and hands-on experiments, class participants will master the ability to anticipate, solve and avoid electrical noise problems that can inhibit functionality in new product designs. By participating in this class, design engineers will be able to accelerate time-to-market design. For more information please visit http://silent-solutions.com/education.htm.
Mechanical Design for EMC – Unique to the industry, this two-day class provides clear applications, theory and demonstrations for the successful design of mechanical enclosures for good system emissions and immunity performance. Key topics include grounding at the PCB and enclosure, system ground maps, PCB component placement and control drawings, enclosure and cable shielding, PCB device “cans”, resonant slots and enclosures, heatsinks, unintentional antennas, as well as connector, screw, and conductive gasket spacing. For more information please visit http://silent-solutions.com/education.htm.
Grounding for EMC, Signal Integrity and Instrumentation – Theory, applications and hardware demonstrations in this one-day class describe effective design and troubleshooting techniques. The real-time demonstrations use a spectrum analyzer, oscilloscope and signal generators to illustrate inductance, common-impedance coupling, and ground loops. Specific examples of single-point, multi-point, “good” and “bad” grounds will be discussed. For more information please visit http://silent-solutions.com/education.htm.
Mastering the Spectrum Analyzer for Electrical Noise Measurement – SILENT’s newest one-day class is packed with practical tips, applications, and demonstrations to help make it easy for you to pick up a spectrum analyzer and start measuring and troubleshooting electrical noise and EMC problems. We will have a minimum of 3 different spectrum analyzers in class to help explain and demonstrate operating techniques that we have honed over the last twenty years, including:
- near field probing
- distinguishing narrowband and broadband signals
- finding the optimum resolution bandwidth
- settings to achieve maximum dynamic range
- conducted & radiated emissions testing
- parasitic resonance identification
- real time quasi-peak measurements
- quirks, strengths, and weaknesses of specific spectrum analyzers
- how to get the most repeatable, accurate measurements
- “must have” accessories and options for specific instruments
Our unique combinations of digital, RF and EMC design troubleshooting, and training experience combined with our graduate education from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) ensures that our classes have the right balance of technical rigor, instruction. For more information please visit http://silent-solutions.com/education.htm.
EMC Lab for Designers – Practical Methods to Find EMC Problems in the Development Lab
- Newport Beach, CA week of April 4, 2012
- Oxford University in Oxford, England, June 2012
Failure Analysis and Prevention in Electronic Circuits – Design Troubleshooting for the Lab and Field
- Newport Beach, CA week of April 4, 2012
- Oxford University in Oxford, England, June 2012
High Frequency Measurements and Troubleshooting
- Newport Beach, CA week of April 4, 2012
- Oxford University in Oxford, England, June 2012
Grounding & Shielding of Electronic Systems – Dr. Tom Van Doren teaches participants how to diagnose and solve Electromagnetic Interference and Signal Integrity problems
March 1-2 at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, OK.
Details about the course in Stillwater, OK can be found at http://gs-course.okstate.edu
March 28-29 at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).
Details about the course in St. Louis, MO can be found at http://dce.mst.edu/noncredit/facetoface/Grounding_and_Shielding_St_Louis.html
Washington Laboratories Academy will be offering a range of training opportunities in 2012, ranging from the very popular and often sold-out MIL-STD-461 training. As always, the engineering community can take advantage of its core training offerings in EMC Design and Mitigation. Other offerings will focus on Wireless Regulatory topics, including International Approvals for RF devices, Simulation, Nuclear EMC, Shielding Design, Environmental Testing and Design and breaking topics in Engineering Reliability and Maintainability. Served up in-house, on the road and on the web and teaming with its slate of expert instructors, WLA delivers the best selection and options for engineering development. In the coming twelve months, the Academy will expand its partner opportunities to support the engineering community with the finest in professional development. Contact Mike Violette (email@example.com) for more information, or visit the Washington Laboratories Academy at http://wll.com/academy.
Product Safety Seminars
Understanding Ground Resistance Testing – A One Day Training Seminar – AEMC Instruments (www.aemc.com) This one day course offers the information needed to under-stand testing of grounding systems. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations attendees learn the various types of ground resistance test, proper appli-cation and how to operate equipment used in conducting these tests.
- February 7, 2012 – Miami, FL
- March 6, 2012 – Arizona
- April 3, 2012 – Kansas City, Kansas
- May 1, 2012 – Baltimore, MD
- June 5, 2012 – Cleveland, OH
- July 10, 2012 – Spokane, WA
- September 11, 2012 – Burlington, VT
- October 4, 2012 – San Antonio, TX
- November 6, 2012 – Palm Springs, CA
For more information please visit www.aemc.com/techinfo/Seminars/Ground_Resistance_Testers/ground-seminar-listings.html.
Compliance Tech University, founded by ED&D (www.ProductSafeT.com), offers the following seminars in electrical product safety covering topics:
Laboratory, Measurement, & Control Equipment – a three-day course designed to help participants understand UL/CSA/EN/IEC61010-1 requirements. Hands-on training to perform the tests. Designing for Compliance: May 15-17, 2012 and October 9-10, 2012
Ingress Protection – a two-day course designed to help participants understand EN/IEC60529 & UL/CSA/EN/IEC60950-22 requirements. . Hands-on training to perform the tests. Designing for Compliance: June 12-13, 2012 and October 24-25, 2012
Information Technology Equipment – a three-day course designed to help participants understand UL/CSA/EN/IEC60950-1 requirements. Hands-on training to perform the tests. Designing for Compliance: July 17-19, 2012
Electrical Medical Equipment – a four-day course designed to help participants understand UL/CSA/EN/IEC60601-1 requirements. Combined 2nd and 3rd Edition based course. Hands-on training to perform the tests. Designing for Compliance: August 21-24, 2012
Hazardous Location Equipment – a three-day course designed to help participants understand UL/CSA/EN/IEC60079-0 + particulars, CE-ATEX, IECEx standards & code requirements, UL/CSA standard transition to IEC harmonized, Methods to design for compliance including intrinsically safe, purged/pressurized, & explosion proof. September 18-20, 2012
Please visit ED&D’s website for dates, locations or to register at www.ProductSafeT.com.
MET Laboratories – (www.metlabs.com) offers seminars at different locations throughout the year. Visit their website for additional details. Here is a list of the currently planned seminars, dates and locations:
NEBS Testing Seminar – Santa Clara, CA: April 26, 2012 and Austin, TX: October 30, 2012
Medical Device Product Safety Testing Seminar – Austin, TX: May 17, 2012
MIL-STD Testing Seminar – Baltimore, MD: May 31, 2012 and Santa Clara, CA: June 14, 2012
Hazardous Location Product Safety Testing Seminar – Houston, TX: June 12, 2012
Annual Global Product Compliance Seminar – Crab Feast – Baltimore, MD: September 13, 2012
Wireless Testing Seminar – Santa Clara, CA: September 20, 2012 and Baltimore, MD: September 27, 2012
TÜV SÜD Academy (www.tuvamerica.com) offers one, two, three and five day training sessions on a variety of topics throughout the year. Please visit the company’s website for further information.
UL University is UL’s training and advisory services business unit, providing safety and compliance-related knowledge solutions that facilitate product development and create safer working environments for people. UL University’s comprehensive service offerings are designed to help customers access first-hand, real-time, industry-critical information. In addition to comprehensive coverage of UL standards, UL University addresses specific topics intended to help customers and constituents design and/or install safer products, increase efficiency and realize improved speed to market.
Following are some of UL University’s featured offerings:
- Standards Training and Product Safety
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Engineering
- Audio/Video, Information Technology and Communications Technology Equipment
- Global Market Access
- Hazard Based Safety Engineering
For more details about UL University’s extensive training offerings, advisory services and more, please visit www.uluniversity.us.
Washington Laboratories offers Product Safety Seminars through their Washington Labs Academy. Visit them online for topics, locations and dates (http://wll.com/academy.html).
The ESD Association holds educational opportunities throughout the year. For full details visit the ESD Association website at www.esda.org.
The current schedule:
ESD Standards Basics for EPA, Ionization Issues and Answers for the Program Manager: March 13, 2012 – Austin, TX
Packaging Principles for the Program Manager, Cleanroom Considerations for the Program Manager: March 14, 2012 – Austin, TX
Essentials for ESD Programs Factory: Technologies, Controls, Procedures: May 8-9, 2012
ESD Training for Internal Quality Auditors and Supplier Quality Engineers: May 10, 2012
ESD Basics for the Program Manager: May 16, 2012 – Bloomington, MN
How Tos of In-Plant ESD Auditing and Evaluation Measurements: May 17, 2012 – Bloomington, MN
Stephen Halperin & Associates (www.halperinassoc.com) – offers training courses throughout the year. Check their website for 2012 training information.
Doug Smith offers the following ESD class in 2012. For additional information visit his website www.dsmith.org or email Doug for details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESD: Design and Troubleshooting at the System and PWB Level
Newport Beach, CA week of
April 4, 2012
Dr. Steven Voldman offers the following courses throughout 2012. Visit his website www.voldmanllc.com for more information.
Course Titles and Offerings for 2012
- ESD physics
- ESD physics and devices
- ESD circuits
- ESD in radio frequency technologies
- ESD in Gallium Arsenide
- ESD Failure Mechanisms
- ESD design and synthesis
- ESD and latchup computer aided design
- Innovation, inventing and patenting
Other Professional Development Seminars
iNARTE Certified Laboratory Auditor, (iNCLA) Training and Credentialing Program – iNARTE (www.narte.org) For more information and to register visit: www.narte.org/h/iNCLAConference.asp.
iNARTE also offers the following workshops throughout the year. Please visit their website for additional details www.narte.org: HPEM/HEMP/IEMI Workshop, Personal Development through Engineering Excellence, Workshop on ANSI C63.10 – 2009: Testing Unlicensed Wireless Devices .
Many experts offer private seminars designed to train select personnel at your location. These seminars offer companies an opportunity to train multiple compliance personnel with a customized approach designed for their needs. Following is a list of experts who offer private seminars.
Best ESD Technical Services (www.bestesd.com) – Classes and seminars can be arranged on different topics – from basic introduction to highly-specialized classes on a particular subject of ESD or EMC/EMI relevant to your applications.
Cherry Clough Consultants (www.cherryclough.com) – Seminars allow for a customized approach to training in basic and advanced EMC design, the EMC Directive and EMC engineering practices for EMC testing techniques and EMC functional safety.
DLS Electronics Systems (www.dlsemc.com/1101) – DLS experts offer practice oriented seminars and workshops on EMC design and regulatory compliance issues.
Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd. (www.emiguru.com) – offers seminars on EMC design fundamentals and techniques for ensuring EMC Compliance.
Montrose Compliance Services (www.montrosecompliance.com) – offers worldwide customized training programs on achieving EMC compliance, EMC design fundamentals and techniques.
Henry Ott Consultants offers one to three day EMC seminars (in plant and public) on over 25 different topics, including “Partitioning and Layout of Mixed-Signal PCBs” and EMC Considerations in Switching Power Supply Designs”. Please visit Mr. Ott’s website for additional information http://www.hottconsultants.com/seminar.html.
Wyatt Technical Services, LLC. – An independent consulting firm that specializes in EMC design, troubleshooting and training services to commercial and industrial manufacturers with global distribution in the consumer, computer, network & telecommunications, industrial and scientific industries. Visit www.emc-seminars.com for further information.
If webinars are your preferred style of learning, many companies sponsor on demand style webinars for viewing at your convenience. Please visit the following sites to view topics and make your selection.
Associated Research (www.asresearch.com) – offers webinar programs providing detailed information on many aspects of electrical safety testing. They are a valuable resource that can be used to learn more about common electrical safety tests.
Hipot Testing Basics – January 18, 2012: 1-2 PM CST
Electrical Safety Testing Your Product – A Complete Overview – February 15, 2012: 1-2 PM CST
Ground Bond and Ground Continuity Testing – March 7, 2012: 1-2 PM CST
Solar Panel Testing – March 21, 2012: 1-2 PM CST
Earth and Enclosure Leakage Testing – April 18, 2012: 1-2 PM CST
Hipot Testing Your Product – May 16, 2012: 1-2 PM CST
A Crash Course in Safety and Circuit Theory – June 13, 2012: 1-2 PM CST
Understanding the Features (settings) of your Hipot Tester – July 25, 2012: 1-2 PM CST
Hipot Testing in a Production Environment – August 15, 2012: 1-2 PM CST
Medical Device Testing – September 12, 2012: 1 -2 PM CST
Succeeding in Advanced Hipot Test Applications – October 17, 2012: 1-2 PM CST
Is Repeated Hipot Testing Destructive? – November 14, 2012: 1-2 PM CST.
Intertek Academy (www.intertek.com/training) – offers educational opportunities in quality, safety and Energy Efficiency. Intertek’s 2012 line-up of technical seminars, webinars, workshops, training events, conferences and White Papers provide in-depth guidance for understanding new standards and specs, innovative techniques and compliance. Visit their website for dates and details.
Kimmel Gerke (EMI Guru) is offers webinars throughout the year. Please visit their website for details: www.emiguru.com.
MET Laboratories offers this free webinar – Laser Product Safety Compliance Webinar – This free webinar will cover the specific standards and regulations in effect as they apply to photonics, and touch on related applicability with respect to product design, risk, and management. January 24, 2012, 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
MET Laboratories also offers on-demand viewing of past webinars at: www.metlabs.com/News-and-Events/Seminars-and-Webinars.aspx
TUV SUD America (www.tuvamerica.com/tuvnews/webinars.cfm) – TUV offers webinars and online seminars in the areas of Safety, EMC, Management Systems and Competency Assessments.
UL University (www.uluniversity.com) – offers a selection of online courses including self-paced eLearning and live and pre-recorded webinars. UL’s professional design staff can also create custom eLearning solutions to meet your specific needs. In addition to an extensive portfolio of online training courses. Visit their website for full details.
Industry Symposia and Table Top Programs
These annual symposia, sponsored by the IEEE’s EMC and Product Safety Engineering Societies, and the ESD Association, are an excellent resource for extensive technical training, and exchange of new ideas and technical concepts. The benefit of attending these events is that attendees can sample a vast array of workshops quickly and efficiently while networking with colleagues and professionals with the same interests.
EMV 2012 – Dusseldorf , Germany – February 7-9, 2012. Visit their website for additional details (www.mesago.de/en/EMV/The_Conference/Welcome/index.htm).
28th International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics ) – Columbus, OH, April 10-14, 2012
IEEE EMC Society – International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (http://2012emc.org/) Pittsburgh, PA, August 5-10, 2012.
34th Annual Electrical Overstress/Electrostatic Discharge Symposium (http://esda.org/symposia.html) – Westin La Paloma, Tucson, AZ, September 9-14, 2012.
34th Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA) (www.amta.org) – Bellevue, WA, October 21-26, 2012.
EMCUK – Newbury, UK – October 9-10, now in the 9th year, EMCUK can contribute its success to being an event dedicated to industry by industry. It has firmly established the position of the “must be at EMC show” a true high profile Networking event the Exhibition being supported by top flight hands on interactive Training and Technical Forums. Visit www.emcuk.co.uk for additional details.
IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (www.psessymposium.org) – Portland, OR, November 5-7, 2012.
EMC China 2012 – Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China, November 5-7, 2012 (www.emcexpo.com)
Sixth Asia-Pacific conference on Environmental Electromagnetics (CEEM’2012/Shanghai) to be held in Shanghai,China at Nov 6-9, 2012 (http://emc2012beijing.com).
IEEE EMC Society Regional Events 2012
AMTA Regional Event – Williamsburg, VA: March 5, 2012 – Erik Vedeler, Head of Electromagnetics and Sensor Branch at NASA Langley Research Center will be speaking. Colonial Williambsburg Lodge. Contact Janet O’Neil, ETS Lindgren phone: (425) 868-2558 or email: email@example.com.
Milwaukee, WI: March 27, 2012 – Jeremy Campbell, PE will be speaking on Designing a Product to Meet Today’s Emission and Immunity Requirements. Crown Plaza Hotel – Milwaukee Airport. Contact Jim Blaha at GE Healthcare, Phone: (262) 548-2978 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or James.Blaha@GE.com.
Chicago, IL: May 8, 2012 – Multiple speakers on various topics. Itasca Country Club, Itasca, IL. Contact Frank Krozel, Electronic Instrument (630) 924-1600 or email@example.com.
Detroit, MI: May 16, 2012 – Todd Hubing will be speaking on Automotive EMC topics. Canton Summit on the Park. Contact Scott Lytle at Yazaki North America, (734) 983-6012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minneapolis, MN: September 2012 – Ramada Mall of America, Bloomington, MN. Contact Dan Hoolihan Phone: (651) -213-0966 or email: email@example.com
Santa Clara, CA: October 11, 2012 – Doug Smith on ESD and Dr. Ege Engin on Power Integrity. Biltmore Hotel & Suites. Contact Eriko Yamoto, TechDream, Inc. Phone: (408) 483-5413 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.