59th IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts

Introduction

Purpose
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. 2013 will be an exciting conference and we expect up to 40 technical papers presented over two and a half days with extra opportunities for international networking.

For Whom
Practicing designers, engineers, physicists and research scientists - those new to the field and those experienced. The 2013 Conference will include excellent papers authored by some of the outstanding technical people in this field. The international contributors come from universities and industries in USA, Austria, Canada, Japan, China, France, Switzerland, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom and other countries. 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 joint conference will make it possible for any attendee to discuss with other international authors, on work presented by the author at the conference or any subject related to the author’s field of expertise.

Background

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.

Technical presentations normally also include the Ragnar Holm Scientific Achievement Award, the Dr. Morton Antler Lecture and hot topic panel workshops. 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, MEM Systems, Automotive Switches and Relays, Superconductor Contacts, and Real world Design and Applications Problems are familiar themes in the presentation.  Recent activities on Arc Fault Detection, AFCI, Smart Grid, ROHS and renewable power generation are adding new themes to the technical program.

 

Sponsorship
The conference is sponsored by the Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).   For 2012 (last year), the IEEE Holm Conference also received financial assistance from the following sponsors: Checon Corporation, Burn-in & Test Strategies Workshop, Chugai USA, Heraeus, Tyco Connectivity,  Doduco, Eaton, Metalor Technologies, Naeco, Umicore,  Brainin, Molex, Research and Engineering Society for Electromechanical Components and Contact Technology in Japan (Mie University), Moog Inc., Deringer, Rockwell Automation

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