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Furthering Your Professional Development in 2011

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 2011. 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 at editor@incompliancemag.com.

 

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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 2011:

  • April 12-14, 2011 – Northbrook, IL
  • October 18-20, 2011 – Northbrook, IL

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. The seminar covers physical phenomena, certification regulation and standards, associated test methods and procedures – aircraft, system and avionics design to reach compliance. For further information visit www.emcc.de. This public seminar is currently scheduled for May 2011.

Lightning Electromagnetic Effects on Aircraft – EMCC Dr. Rasek (www.emcc.de) offers a two day seminar at the EMCC Seminar Centre in Unterleinleiter, Germany. The seminar covers physical phenomena, certification regulation and standards, associated test methods and procedures – aircraft, system and avionics design to reach compliance. For further information visit www.emcc.de. This public seminar is currently scheduled for May 2011.

Learn how to make EMC Compliance tests
– ETS Lindgren offers a three day, hands on class on how to perform radiated and conducted emissions for immunity tests according to published standards. Instructors are experienced EMC experts with practical lab experience. Participants will apply concepts by making actual measurements in a 3 meter EMC chamber. For further information visit www.ets-lindgren.com/learning.

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Next class is scheduled for:

  • February 15-17, 2011 – Austin, TX

Designing for EMC/SI: Grounding and Shielding EMC/SI in Printed Circuit Boards – Kimmel Gerke Associates – EMI Guru (www.emiguru.com) – This two-day program addresses emissions, ESD, RFI, power disturbances and more. We focus on components, printed circuit boards, power electronics, grounding, and shielding. This workshop includes over 35 practical design EMC fixes and is offered at locations throughout the U.S.

The current schedule for 2011:

  • February 7-9, 2011: Orlando, FL area
    Best Western Lakeside, Kissimmee, FL
  • February 22-24, 2011: San Diego, CA
    Arrow Electronics Inc.
  • March 22-23, 2011: Dallas, TX area
    Tektronix Regional Office, Plano, TX
  • April 5-6, 2011: Boston, MA area
    Courtyard by Marriott, Marlborough, MA

EMC Troubleshooting Workshop – Kimmel Gerke Associates – EMI Guru (www.emiguru.com) – This one day seminar provides troubleshooting methods and techniques for electronics and systems engineers and EMC personnel. Students should take Design for EMC prior to this workshop. This workshop is offered exclusively as part of a Winter Getaway package therefore locations are limited. Please visit www.emiguru.com for additional information and registration.

  • February 9, 2011: Orlando, FL area
    Best Western Lakeside, Kissimmee, FL
  • February 24, 2011: San Diego, CA
    Arrow Electronics Inc.

Circuit-to-Circuit Interference – Silent Solutions (www.silent-solutions.com) – This unique 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.

Drive a Spectrum Analyzer Like an Expert for EMC Test and Troubleshooting – Silent Solutions (www.silent-solutions.com) is offering a new one-day class packed with practical tips, applications, and demonstrations to help make it easy to pick up a spectrum analyzer and start measuring and troubleshooting electrical noise and EMC problems. A minimum of 3 different spectrum analyzers in class to help explain and demonstrate operating techniques honed over the last twenty years. For more information please visit http://silent-solutions.com/education.htm.

Electronic Product Design and Retrofit for EMC – Silent Solutions (www.silent-solutions.com) – 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 – Silent Solutions (www.silent-solutions.com) -This one-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 stack up, 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.

Grounding for EMC, Signal Integrity and Instrumentation – Silent Solutions (www.silent-solutions.com) – 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.

Mechanical Design for EMC – Silent Solutions (www.silent-solutions.com) – Unique to the industry, this one-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, heat sinks, unintentional antennas, as well as connector, screw, and conductive gasket spacing. For more information please visit http://silent-solutions.com/education.htm.

Washington Labs Academy offers EMC Seminars through their Washington Labs Academy. Visit them online for topics, locations and dates (http://wll.com/academy.html).

 

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 understand testing of grounding systems. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations attendees learn the various types of ground resistance test, proper application and how to operate equipment used in conducting these tests. For dates and locations please visit http://www.aemc.com/techinfo/Seminars/Ground_Resistance_Testers/ground-seminar-listings.html.

Compliance Tech University, founded by ED&D (www.ProductSafeT.com), offers seminars in electrical product safety covering topics of IT Equipment, Industrial and Medical electrical product safety. Please visit ED&D’s website for dates, locations or to register.

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 offers a host of additional training opportunities throughout the year. Visit their website to view topics, dates and locations: www.uluniversity.com. UL University will offer over 150 courses in 2011,
on 50+ subjects throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Following are some of UL University’s new offerings. For dates and locations visit www.uluniversity.com.

  • Electronics Laboratory Technician
  • UL’s Data Acceptance Program
  • Designing for Compliance to IEC 60601-1, 3rd Edition
  • Audio/Video, Information Technology and Communications Equipment Safety Requirements: Introduction to IEC 62368001
  • LED Luminaires – Designing for Compliance to UL 8750 (In accordance with UL 1598).
  • Test, Measurement and Laboratory Use Equipment: Designing for Compliance to UL 61010-1 – Transition to the 3rd Edition.

In addition, UL University has expanded into Personnel Certification programs with the addition of a Photovoltaic System Installation Training and Certification and a Six Sigma training and certification program.

Washington Labs Academy offers Product Safety Seminars through their Washington Labs Academy. Visit them online for topics, locations and dates (http://wll.com/academy.html).

 

ESD Seminars

The ESD Association holds educational opportunities throughout the year. For full details visit the ESD Association website at www.esda.org.

The current schedule:

  • Essentials for ESD Programs
    January 24-26, 2011 – Shenzhen, China
  • ESD Basics for the Program Manager
    March 1-2, 2011 – Austin, TX
  • How to’s of In Plant ESD Survey and Evaluation Measurements
    March 2, 2011 – Austin, TX
  • ESD On-Chip Protection in Advanced Technologies
    March 2, 2011 – Austin, TX
  • Grounding in an Electrostatic Area
    March 15, 2011 11:00 AM EDT – Online
  • Calculations
    March 23, 2011 – Sunnyvale, CA
  • ESD Standards Overview for the Program Manager
    March 23, 2011 – Sunnyvale, CA
  • System Level ESD/EMI: Testing to IEC and Other Standards
    March 24, 2011 – Sunnyvale, CA
  • Ionization and Answers for the Program Manager
    March 24, 2011 – Sunnyvale, CA
  • Ionization
    April 14, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT – Online
  • ESD Effects
    April 26, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT – Online
  • 5th Annual International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop
    May 16-19, 2011 Lake Tahoe, CA
  • ESD Program Development & Assessment
    May 18-19, 2011- Bloomington, MN

Level 1 Plant Auditor – Stephen Halperin & Associates (www.halperinassoc.com) – The Level 1: Plant Auditor Course is a three day intensive that will teach the fundamentals of ESD and train technicians to make the ESD Control Measurements required by ANSI/ESD S20.20 and IEC 61340-5-1 ESD. For additional information or to register visit: http://www.halperinassoc.com/services/esdtraining/esdspecialistprogram/schedule.asp.

Current schedule:

  • January 18-20, 2011 – Bensenville, IL
  • March 22-24, 2011 – Bensenville, IL

Level 2 Program Design & Administration – Stephen Halperin & Associates (www.halperinassoc.com) – The SH&A Certified ESD SpecialistSM Level 2: Program course is a five day course that will teach advanced elements of ESD Program Design, Documentation, Implementation and Management in accordance with ANSI/ESD S20.20 and IEC 61340-5-1. It includes advanced calculations, Troubling Shooting and Supplier Auditing techniques. For additional information or to register visit: http://www.halperinassoc.com/services/esdtraining/esdspecialistprogram/schedule.asp.

Level 3: Process Capability Analysis- Stephen Halperin & Associates (www.halperinassoc.com) – Attendees successfully completing the SH&A Certified ESD SpecialistSM Level 3:
Process Specialist course and take home project will be capable of analyzing the electrostatic characteristics of a manufacturing process. They will be able to identify the most sensitive device the process can handle in terms of HBM, CDM, FIM and MM, locate electrostatic process problems and recommend corrective action to enhance the process as necessary. This is a three day course. For additional information or to register visit: http://www.halperinassoc.com/services/esdtraining/esdspecialistprogram/schedule.asp.

 

Other Professional Development Seminars

iNARTE Certified Laboratory Auditor, (iNCLA) Training and Credentialing Program – iNARTE (www.narte.org) For more information and to register visit http://www.narte.org/h/iNCLAConference.asp.

iNARTE is adding a new program in 2011 to serve the needs of a significant segment of the EMC industry whose focus is geared to EMC design and product development. The new program “Certified EMC Design Engineer” will be developed jointly between iNARTE and the KEC Electronic Industry Development Center in Japan. See The iNARTE Informer in this issue for further details.

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.

 

Other Public Seminars

MIL-STD-461F: Methods and Procedures – Washington Labs Academy – The MIL-STD-461F will be introduced, including the new/modified test methods and test article configurations. This course offers critical information for military compliance professionals, testing industry professionals, and developers involved with electronics systems development. For more details and registration information, please
visit http://www.wll.com/mil_std_461course.html.

 

Private/Custom Seminars

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.

LaMothe Associates (www.lamotheapprovals.com) – offers fully customizable design seminars. Seminars are targeted towards understanding the design requirements of either IEC 61010-1 or IEC 60950-1 – specifically as they apply to the products you are designing. Both new and seasoned designers will benefit from these seminars with LaMothe Associates’ hands-on approach.

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 www.hottconsultants.com/seminary.html.

Mr. Ott has also released a new book “Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering” by Henry W. Ott (John Wiley & Sons, 2009, 872 pages). This book is the winner of the PROSE AWARD from the Association of American Publishers as the best technical book published in 2009. Visit www.hottconsultants.com/EMCE_book_files/emce_book.html for further information.

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.

 

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.

IEEE EMC Society – International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (http://www.emc2011.org) – Long Beach, CA, August 14-19, 2011.

33rd Annual Electrical Overstress/Electrostatic Discharge Symposium (http://esda.org/symposia.html) – Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA, September 11-16, 2011.

IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (http://www.psessymposium.org) San Diego, CA, October 10-12, 2011.

33rd Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA) (http://www.amta.org) – Englewood, CO, October 16-21, 2011.

 

IEEE EMC Society Regional Events 2011

Milwaukee, WI: March 22, 2011 – Todd Hubing will be speaking Contact Jim Blaha at GE Healthcare, Phone: (262) 548-2978 or e-mail: jblaha@ieee.org or James.Blaha@GE.com.

Chicago, IL: May 10, 2011 – Multiple speakers on various topics. Contact Frank Krozel, Electronic Instrument (630) 924-1600 or frank@electronicinstrument.com.

Detroit, MI: May 18, 2011 – Speaker and topic to be announced. Contact Scott Lytle at Yazaki North America, (734) 983-6012 or scott@emcsociety.org.

Additional events are in development with possible locations being Santa Clara, CA in the fall.

 

On-Line Training

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.

  • Ground Bond and Ground Continuity Testing
    January 19, 2011
  • Hipot Testing Basics
    February 2, 2011
  • Electrical Safety Testing Your Product – A Complete Overview
    March 2, 2011
  • A Crash Course in Safety and Circuit Theory
    March 23, 2011
  • Medical Device Testing April 20, 2011Solar Panel Testing
    May 11, 2011
  • Is Repeated Hipot Testing Destructive
    June 8, 2011
  • Succeeding in Advanced Hipot Test Applications
    July 20, 2011
  • Hipot Testing in a Production Environment
    August 11, 2011
  • Earth and Enclosure Leakage Testing
    September 21, 2011
  • Hipot Testing Your Product
    October 19, 2011
  • Understanding the Features (Settings) of your Hipot Tester
    November 9, 2011

Intertek Academy (http://www.intertek.com/training/) – offers educational opportunities in quality, safety and Energy Efficiency. Intertek’s 2011 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 offering a free webinar EMC Impact on Design by Industry in late February early March. Please visit their website for details (http://www.emiguru.com).

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, UL University is adding the following featured topics to their 2011 line-up.

  • Components 101
  • Electric Vehicle Charging System Installation
  • Learn Six Sigma Foundations
  • Electronically Controlled and Electronically Protected Motors: UL 1004 favicon

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