2010年3月31日星期三

Art in Science Park - ADAMAO

Hong Kong Science and Technology Park Corporation initiate “Art in the Park” activity to promote creativity with technology among local community. This initiative not only provides a platform for idea exchange but also lights up the working atmosphere at Science Park by adding to it colour and style.

“ADAMAO” is an artwork, which located under Charles K. Kao Auditorium (Golden Egg), designed by Ms. Ahn Pilyun, who is an internationally renowned artist from Korea. “ADAMAO” in ancient Greek originally means light and the word also contains the meaning of wild animal adapting to society. It aims to illustrating how technological advancement get individuals connected.

Some photos are shown below.






I walk through the artwork.

video


For more information:
http://www.hkstp.org/HKSTPC/news.jsp?lan=en&id=NW_0000479

2010年3月30日星期二

BSI Technical Conference 2010 – Greenhouse Gases

HKSQ is one of supporting organizations for BSI Technical Conference 2010 “Wrestling with Greenhouse Gases to Win Sustainability” which held on 19 March 2010. Greenhouse gases (GHG) have been widely recognized as the key contributors to global warming making drastic climate change, which has been directly or indirectly affecting us environmentally, socially and economically.

Two of HKSQ ex-co members (Mr. Vincent Cheng and Mr. Antonio Lau) were joined the activities.



The first topic was “Overview of the Trend of Climate Change as a Result of Copenhagen”


Mr. Stephen Yu (Technical Manager, GHG Verification, BSI) was one of speakers and took photos with HKSQ ex-co members.


Mr. Stephen Yu (Left) and Mr. Vincent Cheng (Right)


Mr. Antonio Lau (Left) and Mr. Stephen Yu (Right)

Website: www.bsigroup.hk

2010年3月28日星期日

Technical Seminar on Worldwide Product Certification

I attended a technical seminar entitled “Worldwide Product Certification” which was organized by Hong Kong Branch Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Section of IET, Hong Kong Chapter of Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) and MILES Alumni Association of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on 27th March 2010. Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) is one of supporting organization.

Since Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification (HKCTC) has established by HKSAR government on 17 Sep 2009, this seminar aims to introduce the HKAS and worldwide product certification scheme to the participants.

Ir. S.L. Mak (OC Chairman, committee member of IET-MIES, IEEE-PSES) gave a welcome speech.


Then Prof. H.C. Man (Asso. Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Prof and Head, Industrial and Systems Engineering Dept., PolyU) gave an opening speech of the seminar and he said that there were about 300 companies in this industry. The 3rd party certification was important in the industry.


Group Photo of organizers, guest speakers and supporting organizations


Ir. Terence S.S. Chan (Executive Administrator – Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS), Innovative and Technology Commission (ITC), HKSAR Government) was the first speak and his topic was “Hong Kong Certification Body Accreditation Scheme”.


Mr. Chan introduced the four objectives of HKAS as follows:
i) Support the development of the testing and certification industry
ii) Upgrade the industry standard
iii) Promote confidence of testing, certification and inspection service from Hong Kong
iv) Facilitate international trade
v) Support local community
Then he briefed three schemes in HKAS, they are:
i) Laboratory Test (HOKLAS, started in May 1985)
ii) Certification (HKCAS, started in Nov 1998)
iii) Inspection (HKIAS, started in Dec 1999)


He also explained what the production certification is.

Comparison between Testing, Inspection and Certification


The benefits of product certification were included Buyers, Sellers and Regulators. Buyers were able to identify quality products and reduce acceptance testing cost. Sellers used it as marketing tool and provided confidence in its own system. Regulators monitored safety and conformity of products at low administration cost through private sector resource to achieve regulatory objectives.

Until now, there were 5 accredited product certification bodies for the following products:
- Production and supply of concrete
- Fire protection products, fire doors, fire partitions, heat soaked tempered glass
- Standard sands
- Mobile communication devices


The second speaker was Mr. Raymond Cheung (Chief Executive, Hong Kong Certification Ltd.) and his presentation entitled “Development of Product Conformity Certification Scheme in Hong Kong”. He extracted the definition of product certification from ISO/IEC Guide 67 as follows.
Product certification system: Rules, procedures and management for carrying out third-party product conformity assessment.
Production certification scheme: Product certification system related to specific products to which the same specified requirements, specific rules and procedures apply.


He discussed relevant international documents for Product Certification below.
- ISO/IEC Guide 67:2004
- ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996
- ISO/IEC Guide 28:2004
- ISO/IEC Guide 53:2005
- ISO/IEC 17030:2003
- ISO/IEC 17020:1998
- ISO/IEC 17025:2005
- ISO/IEC 17000:2004

He introduced the model of Product Certification.


Then he shared the five step of establishing a Product Scheme.
Step 1 – Determine the market need
Step 2 – Consider alternative approaches
Step 3 – Determine crucial characteristics
Step 4 – Establish the product scheme

Some product certification cases were shared.


The third speaker was Mr. OR (柯燈明) (Supervisor, Shenzhen Academy of Metrology and Quality Inspection (SMQ), Shenzhen Bureau of Quality Technical Supervision; 深圳市質量技術監督局深圳市計量質量檢測研究院玩具檢測部) and his topic was “Recent update of China Compulsory Certification (CCC) 中國產品強制認證)


Mr. Or introduced the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) that it combined CCEE and CCIB mark because of WTO requirement. Therefore, a unified national product list, unified standard, technique requirement and implementation procedure, unified mark and price were developed.

Until now, CCC product list had 23 categories included 172 types of product. Those products in the list could be sold in mainland if and only if the product certified by authorized body with CCC mark since 1st June 2007.

The following toys were recorded in CCC list.


Mr. Or briefed the procedure to apply CCC certification of toy below.

Step 1: Certification application
Two authorized body (Certification Centre of Light Industry Council – CCLC and China Quality Certification Centre – CQC) would receive your application.

Step 2: Submit Sample (Testing)
The sample should be submitted to the authorized laboratory based the standard such as GB6675-2003 / GB19865-2005, etc.

Step 3: Factory Audit (only for child car)
Audit included the capability of quality assurance and consistent of product quality.

Step 4: Certification Result and Approval
It included certification information, testing result and factory audit result.

CCC certification sample


Step 5: Apply CCC mark and label


Step 6: Certification Surveillance Audit
In general, the surveillance audit would be performed per 6 months.


The last speaker was Mr. Kevin Chan (Technical Manager, Toys Dept. of Specialized Technology Resources (HK) Ltd.) and his presentation title was “Recent Update of USA toys certification program”.


It was pity that Mr. Kevin Chan’s update was the suspension of the program TIA TSCP. The following were some background of the program extracted from website (http://www.toyassociation.org/AM/Template.cfm?section=TSCP_Home).
“The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is making the foundational aspects of its Toy Safety Certification Program® (TSCP®) freely available as online resources to help all toy companies, importers and testing laboratories facilitate compliance with the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The formal certification component of the TSCP is being placed on hold pending further U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) clarification of the law. If conditions change, we will look at how the TSCP program might also need to change to continue to promote enhanced toy safety.”


The last section was panel discussion.


For more information:
Hong Kong Accreditation Service: www.itc.gov.hk/hkas
Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification: www.itc.gov.hk/en/hkctc
Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China: www.cnca.gov.cn
Certification Centre of Light Industry Council: www.cclc.org.cn
China Quality Certification Centre: www.cqc.com.cn

HKSQ 2010 Company Based Student Project Competition – Presentation

The presentation of the HKSQ Company Based Student Project Competition 2010 was performed on 27th March 2010. We are please to visit Mr. Peter Ho and Mr. Ravi Leung to be judges for TechWorld and Mr. Karson Chui and Mr. Ben Tsang to be judges for HKSQ.

In the beginning, Karson gave opening speech to start the final stage of the Student Project Competition 2010. The presentation of each team was related to four questions: Q1 – Pilot Production Quality; Q2 – Total Staff Involvement; Q3 – Supplier Quality Management; and Q4 – Voice of Customer (VOC) & communication.



The first group was Team 4 from HKU and the question selected was Q3.

The second group was Team 8 from CityU and the question selected was Q4.


The third group was Team 3 from HKUST and they selected Q1.


The fourth group was Team 6 from PolyU and Q2 was selected to be presented.


After tea break, Team 1 from HKUST presented Q3.


Team 2 was the sixth group from HKUST to present Q4.


Team 7 from PolyU was the seventh group and Q4 was also selected for the competition.


Final group was Team 5 from Poly U and they presented the solution for Q2.


After judge panel discussion, Mr. Peter Ho (Owner of TechWorld) gave a closing speech to all students. He appreciated the performance of all participants’ efforts and encouraged all students to continue improvement themselves for future challenge.


The result of HKSQ Company Based Student Project Competition 2010 was shown as follows.

The 2nd Runner Up was Team 8 (CityU)
(Member: Chan Ka Hei, Wong Sze Chung & Wong Ting Hin)


The 1st Runner Up was Team 6 (PolyU)
(Member: Yap Yih Shan, DAI Xin & BAI Miao)


The Champion was Team 5 (PolyU).
(Member: Mak Man Wa, Ng Ka Yiu, Leung Ho Ting & Ng Lai Lang)


Lastly, I represented HKSQ to present souvenir to TechWorld top management.

Mr. Peter Ho (Owner)


Mr. Anthony Ma (Operation Manager)


Mr. Ravi Leung (Assistant Quality Manager)

2010年3月26日星期五

Industrial Visit to Standards and Calibration Laboratory, ITC, HKSAR

Industrial Visit to Standards and Calibration Laboratory (SCL) was arranged by Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) on 25th March 2010. Participants included members of HKSQ and students of Department of Biology and Chemistry (BCH), City University of Hong Kong. The visit aimed to introduce the top calibration service in Hong Kong, which competence level achieved up to National status, to participants so as to enhance their understanding on calibration and measurement principles and practices employed in Hong Kong laboratory.

In the beginning, Mr. Dennis Lee (Senior Electronics Engineer, Direct Current, High Voltage and Length Measurement) gave an introduction of SCL service and metrology development history to us.


SCL has established five SI base units included Second, Kilogram, Ampere, Metre and Kelvin.

Then Mr. Lee briefed the important event “Metre Convention” which was signed on 20 May 1875 (光緒皇帝 – 清朝第十一位皇帝). The convention aims to achieve world-wide uniformity of measurement. The Metre Convention included General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM), International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM).


The directors of national metrology institutes (NMIs) of 38 member states of the BIPM and representatives of two international organization signed a Mutual Recongition Arrangement (CIPM MRA) for national measurement standards and for calibration and measurement certificates issued by NMIs on 14 October 1999. SCL participated CIPM MRA in 2000. Moreover, SCL was authorized by the BIPM to use of CIPM MRA logo on 20 Sep 2006. Now, the CIPM MRA has been signed by the representatives of 76 institutes.


The following international standards are related to “A joint statement by the CIPM and the ILAC on the roles and responsibilities of National Metrology Institutes and National Recognized Accreditation Bodies”.
i) ISO/IEC 17025: General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
ii) ISO/IEC 17011: Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies
iii) ISO Guide 34: General requirements for the competence of reference material producers

The recognition mechanism of different Regional Metrological Organization (RMOs) was shown.


After the talk, Mr. Dennis Lee and Ms. Brenda Lam received HKSQ flag for memory.


The first visit laboratory responded for temperature calibration. The reference temperature device was able to measure at 0.01 oC.


The calibration of thermometer was demonstrated. It used video camera to observe the reading and record automatically.



Then we visit the laboratory for dimensional measurement. The following equipment entitled “Digital Height Master”.


The other equipment is using lasers (frequency) for distance measurement.


Then, we went to the laboratory for electricity measurement and Ms. Brenda Lam introduced the Quantized Hall Resistance Standards.


The set of sound meter calibration system was introduced. The full test cost is about HK$2000. The laboratory environment is 23 + 1 oC and 45 + 8%RH.


Finally, we took a group photo.

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