To provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest
developments in the field of electric contacts and the application of
recent advances in materials and processes in electric, electronic and
telecommunication equipment. The International Conference is a bi-annual
event that is hosted by countries in Europe, Asia and North America in
rotation. 2004 will be an exciting joint conference with the North America IEEE
Holm Conference event. Typically, up to 60+ technical papers will be
presented in the conference with extra opportunities for international
Practicing designers, engineers, physicists and research scientists - those
new to the field and those experienced. The 2004 Joint Conference will
include excellent papers authored by some of the outstanding technical
people in this field. The international contributors come from USA,
Austria, Canada, Japan, China, France, Switzerland, Russia, Germany and
United Kingdom. These papers will provide the attendees with up-to-date
information on a wide range of subjects that makes this conference so
attractive to the practicing engineer.
Additionally, the 2004 Joint Conference will make it possible for any
attendee to discuss personally, with any author, either additional details
concerning the work presented by the author at the conference or any
subject related to the authors field of expertise.
The Holm Conference began in 1953 as a forum for the discussion of
electrical contact phenomena and related fields. In 1968, the conference
was named the Holm Conference in honor of Dr. Ragnar Holm. Dr. Holm, whose
contributions to the field of electrical contacts spanned 50 years and form
the foundation of the electrical contacts field, was the inspiration and
guide of the Conference from its inception until his death in 1970. In 1985, IEEE society started
sponsoring the conference as a recognition of its importance in the field
of electrical engineering. In
addition to the Annual Conference, the Conference Organization regularly
conducts an intensive one-week course on contacts and participates in the
biannual International Conference on Electrical Contacts.
The International Conference on Electrical Contact started in 1961 with
an International Advisory Group from the industrial nations. The last 3
International Conference were held in
Nurembery (Germany) in 1998, Stockholm (Sweden) in 2000 and Zurich
(Switzerland) in 2002. In 2004, it will be Seattle (USA).
The conference is sponsored by the Components, Packaging and Manufacturing
Technology (CPMT) Society of the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).
Four days of presentations normally includes over 60 Technical Papers, the Ragnar
Holm Scientific Achievement Award, and the Dr. Morton Antler Lecture. They
highlight the most recent electrical contact work all over the world.
Contacts Properties and Performance, Connector Contacts, Sliding Contacts,
Aluminum Contacts, Arcing Contacts, Silver Metal Oxide Contacts,
Micorelectromechanical Systems, Automotive Switches and Relays, Superconductor
Contacts, and Real world Design and Applications Problems are familiar
themes in the presentation.