Navy Pier Field Inspection

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Recently, one of our engineers, Bruce Proper, did a field inspection of a fire curtain at The Yard Theater on Navy Pier. A fire curtain is a safety device designed to prevent a fire from spreading from the stage of a theater to the audience. The fire curtain itself is a large, fire resistant, sheet … Continue reading “Navy Pier Field Inspection”

PSC President John Allen Tackles International Compliance and Certification

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I2MTC Conference PSC’s John Allen tackles international compliance and certification It’s a connected society we live in and manufacturing and distribution effects the global market. It can be difficult to keep pace with new product development and trends, but PSC provides leading expertise through speaking engagements at conferences, including I2MTC 2017, May 22 through 25 … Continue reading “PSC President John Allen Tackles International Compliance and Certification”

Getting ‘Wired’ into Product Safety

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Show Attendance Helps PSC Gain Additional Product Safety Expertise The team at Product Safety Consulting Inc. (PSC) will be on hand at the International Home + Housewares Show’s (IHS) Wired & Well Expo, March 18 through 21 at McCormick Place in Chicago to take in all the innovation in housewares and connected home conveniences. Sponsored … Continue reading “Getting ‘Wired’ into Product Safety”

Subject: Ball pressure test of thermoplastic parts

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My interpretation of the rationale is from my 60335 experience.  The idea is the same as Mold Stress testing.  When molded, Polymeric materials have stress lines/points in them.  The temperature exposure relieves these stresses which can move the material.  The temperature is higher for polymeric parts supporting live parts vs an enclosure.  We’re looking for reduction of … Continue reading “Subject: Ball pressure test of thermoplastic parts”

Straight Talk on DLC, Energy Star and Lighting Facts Testing

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There’s a lot of confusion out there regarding Energy Star, Lighting Facts, DLC, etc.  Hopefully this will simplify the issue and help you get your hands around it. Energy Star is for many Residential Products.  Lighting of course being one of them.  However, Energy Star does not include Commercial Equipment.  With all kinds of pressure … Continue reading “Straight Talk on DLC, Energy Star and Lighting Facts Testing”

5 Ways to Make UL Lighting Certification Easier

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One of the things we’ve learned over the years is that getting a safety mark for products that need approval to UL lighting standards is never as straightforward as it seems. In fact, many larger manufacturers have invested millions in dedicated compliance engineering and laboratory facilities in-house to ensure the process goes smoothly for them. … Continue reading “5 Ways to Make UL Lighting Certification Easier”

Amendment to 60601-1 Underscores Role of Safety in Device Design

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For those who design, manufacture, or test electromedical equipment, 60601-1 is one of the most important safety and performance standards in AAMI’s portfolio of industry standards. It is referenced so often in the daily work of medical device engineers that AAMI plans to offer this updated standard in a pocket version. 60601-1 deals with medical … Continue reading “Amendment to 60601-1 Underscores Role of Safety in Device Design”

There are No Shortcuts in the Safety Compliance Process

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The article posted on Product Safety Consulting facebook page regarding fake UL labels from Aleddra LED company reminds me of a project we did several years ago.  We had a client ship their products from China with UL Labels on them before UL had officially approved the product.  Murphy’s Law has a funny way of … Continue reading “There are No Shortcuts in the Safety Compliance Process”

How Safe are our Safety Standards?

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A recent recall of surge protectors brings up some interesting issues and discussions.  MOVs are a common item used to clamp surge voltages.  However, industry has found that MOVs overheat when subjected to many surges and also overvoltage conditions.  Here’s a good report of one firms findings – http://www.circuitbreakersblog.com/tag/metal-oxide-varistors/.  UL addressed the issue in the … Continue reading “How Safe are our Safety Standards?”

Product Safety and the Government Shutdown

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There are so many things we can talk about regarding the government shutdown, but we’ll keep it in the realm of safety for today. In case you’re wondering what may happen to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) during this shutdown, they have “Excepted Employees”.  Basically, those employees that are necessary to protect against imminent … Continue reading “Product Safety and the Government Shutdown”