December 2010 Blog Posts

Is HALT Testing Still Relevant?

Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT) chamber manufacturer Qualmark recently completed an interesting study, where it compared test data from 47 HALT tests in 1995-96 to data from 47 tests in 2007-08.  The purpose of the study was to gauge the effect of the transition from the use of through hole printed circuit boards (PCBs) that... Read More

OSHA Rejects EU SDoC System, Affirms NRTL Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Friday that it will continue to require third-party certification via the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) program for electrical products. The European Union requested that OSHA explore the possibility of adopting its system, known as Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC). Under the EU system,... Read More

First Product Safety Management Certificates Awarded

The first university-level program focused primarily on product safety managers has graduated its first class.  The Certificate in Product Safety Management was launched as a pilot project, and ran from June through early December. Participants from manufacturing, retailing, and importing companies are the first holders of the certificate offered by Saint Louis University’s Center for... Read More

Korea Hosts Two RFID Events – DASH7 Meeting & RFID USN Conference

This entry was written in Seoul, Korea, where MET Laboratories RFID Hardware Conformance Programs Manager Dusmantha Tennakoon attended the DASH7 Alliance Winter Member Meeting, and the RFID USN Korea 2010 International Exhibition & Conference.  First up was the DASH7 meeting: There were about 16 participants representing 9 companies on-site, with other members dialing in. Dusmantha gave... Read More