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Intrinsically Safe Product Design Part 4: Role of the Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory (NRTL)

  • By: Mark Price
  • Published: Jul 1st 2019
  • Categorized: Blog

Part 1 of this series introduced the concept of intrinsically safe design for explosive environments. Part 2 described considerations for the definition of explosive environments and how geographic regions for device use can impact both explosive atmosphere characterization and product implementation. Part 3 describes regulatory and quality requirements for ongoing production and sale…

Intrinsically Safe Product Design Part 3: Production Quality Requirements

  • By: Mark Price
  • Published: Jun 11th 2019
  • Categorized: Blog

Part 1 of this series introduced the concept of intrinsically safe design for explosive environments. Part 2 described considerations for the definition of explosive environments and how geographic regions for device use can impact both explosive atmosphere characterization and product implementation. This blog describes regulatory and quality requirements for ongoing…

Intrinsically Safe Product Design, Part 2: Defining the Hazardous Location Environment

  • By: Mark Price
  • Published: Jun 3rd 2019
  • Categorized: Blog

Part 1 of this blog series introduced the concept of intrinsic safety. Part 2 describes the characterization of hazardous environments with respect to intrinsically safe electronic devices. Internationally, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is considered to be a benchmark in the definition of explosive atmospheres and certification of electrical equipment for…

Intrinsically Safe Product Design, Part 1: Introduction to Intrinsic Safety

  • By: Mark Price
  • Published: May 28th 2019
  • Categorized: Blog

SECO USA designs and manufactures portable and handheld electronic devices that must have inherently low-power operation and high computational performance. One application area for which SECO USA designs and delivers electronic devices is intrinsic safety. Intrinsically safe (IS) product is designed to operate in hazardous areas, such as explosive environments,…

Navigating GPS Alternatives for Custom Tablets and Handheld Devices

  • By: Mark Price
  • Published: Mar 4th 2019
  • Categorized: Blog

Custom tablets and other handheld devices, whether used for consumer, military, commercial, or medical purposes, frequently include GPS (Global Positioning System) to assist in determining current location and time. Specifically, GPS refers to the US owned and Air Force operated network of 24+ middle-earth orbit satellites. This global system has…

Supply Chain Issues Of Long Life Electronic Products

  • By: Mark Price
  • Published: Dec 4th 2017
  • Categorized: Blog

Companies that design and manufacture electronic products such as tablets, handhelds, and other devices must fully understand how supply chain issues can impact the manufacture and sale of high-tech products. Problems with supply chain and logistics can be cataclysmic, as missing a single part will prevent product from being assembled…

Designing an Intrinsically Safe Handheld Device: A Multi-Disciplined Approach

  • By: Mark Price
  • Published: Mar 16th 2015
  • Categorized: Blog

SECO USA designs and manufactures portable and handheld electronic devices, specializing in product that inherently requires low-power operation, user interaction, and high computational performance. Particularly challenging is an application area known as intrinsic safety (IS). An intrinsically safe product  is designed to operate in hazardous, potentially explosive areas by limiting the…

Incorporating GPS into Production Test, A Review of Test Methodologies

  • By: Mark Price
  • Published: Jun 5th 2015
  • Categorized: Blog

Co-Authored by Willy Negrete, SECO USA Director of Quality Assurance/Test  Portable devices that incorporate a Global Positioning System (GPS) have become a mainstay feature in most modern, handheld devices. While GPSs are a great feature, they can be tough to design-in to devices and they are equally as tough to…

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