Product Safety Engineering Society
The Product Safety Engineering (PSE) Society targets Long Island design professionals and design engineers interested in electrical product safety. The Society addresses safety engineering for equipment and devices used in the scientific, engineering, industrial, commercial and residential arenas. It allows engineers and other technical professionals an opportunity to discuss and disseminate technical information, to enhance professional skills, and to provide outreach to engineers, students and others with an interest in the field.
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Era of Product Safety Labeling
The presentation focuses on what product design engineers need to know about the latest ANSI & ISO product warning label standards. The legal, risk and safety ramifications of product safety labels are of paramount importance to today's forward-thinking manufacturers. People's lives, product liability lawsuits and company futures are literally on the line when it comes to the quality of the safety labels placed on your products. The choice of format, the degree of content and the durability of materials used in their construction are all key to getting this job done right.
the Appropriate Circuit Protection Component
Selecting the appropriate circuit protection component is critical to safety and reliable operation. At best, improper component selection can be counterproductive – at worst it can lead to catastrophic failures. This presentation explores three fundamental protection components; the Gas Discharge Tube (GDT), the Metal Oxide Varistor (MOV) and fuse. The theory of operation of these devices is briefly reviewed, followed by the criteria necessary for appropriate selection.
Considerations in Power Supply Design
Increasingly, the responsibilities of a power supply designer extend beyond merely meeting a functional specification, with designing to meet safety standards an important collateral task. Since all commercial and home-use supplies must eventually be certified as to safety, knowledge of the requirements should be a part of every designer’s repertoire. This simplified overview has been prepared with the collaboration of Underwriters Laboratories, to provide a basic introduction to the issues and design solutions implicit in assuring the safety for both the user and service personnel of your power supply products, as well as easing the certification process.
Anatomy of an Effective Human Factors Engineering Program
Timothy R. McEwen & Stephanie Alpert -
The comprehensive application of human factors engineering (HFE) in product development is an imperative. “User-friendliness" helps ensure that products are operated in a safe manner and helps foster a product's marketability. In some domains, such as the medical device industry, there is also a regulatory requirement to perform HFE en route to a final, validated design. In an effective HFE program, manufacturers perform detailed use-related risk analyses; revise their designs as needed to reduce risk to acceptable levels, and conduct validation tests to demonstrate that users will not commit potential harmful use errors.
Electric Utility Distribution System Design & Safety Concepts
George Ello - National Grid
Electric distribution systems involve many aspects of safety. Basic concepts of distribution system design include grounding as well as step and touch potentials. Protective devices and fault clearing protect against damage due to electric faults or short circuits, and are as essential to a utility as they are to a building distribution system. Voltage issues such as back-feed, swells and lightning are also explored.
Distributed generation and cable testing also present safety challenges. Small generators (Solar PV) impact existing protective relaying, circuit voltages, other customers and safety. Distribution cable requires special test techniques, such as to locate faults on underground cable.
Orientation Meeting for the Product Safety Engineering Society
Tom Lanzisero - Underwriters Laboratories
This presentation welcomes new members to the newly-formed PSE society of the IEEE LI section. Membership list is provided along with a brief review of how the society can meet the needs of its members. Local opportunities and local networking are also covered.
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