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Understanding Creepage Distances

Dear Readers, Over the past couple of years many of you have requested that we include more product safety related information in our issues. Of particular interest has been Rich Nute’s series of “Technically ... Read More...

Static Hocus Pocus

Associate Professor Neils Jonassen authored a bi-monthly static column that appeared in Compliance Engineering Magazine. The series explored charging, ionization, explosions, and other ESD related topics. The E... Read More...
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Growing the Engineer’s Toolkit: Project Management Tips and Techniques

1401 F1 cover“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.
If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you”. – Author Unknown

In today’s fast-paced product development cycles, the pressure to compress testing and certification schedules is constantly increasing, with global competitors all rushing to get their new technology to market first. Mistakes made in compliance testing and certification processes can have huge financial impacts if product releases are delayed, or lead to later stop-ships or recalls. Utilizing project management techniques can provide great benefits by improving the efficiency and quality of compliance projects.

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Furthering Your Professional Development in 2014

1401 F2 coverThe 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 2014. You’ll find here sources of compliance related seminars and workshops offered online and on location, public and private.

Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge – Part One: An Introduction to ESD

1401 F4 coverTo many people, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) is only experienced as a shock when touching a metal doorknob after walking across a carpeted floor or after sliding across a car seat. However, static electricity and ESD has been a serious industrial problem for centuries. As early as the 1400s, European and Caribbean military forts were using static control procedures and devices trying to prevent inadvertent electrostatic discharge ignition of gunpowder stores.