Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from all of us at MET Laboratories. It has been a successful year for MET and we thank you and your colleagues for your cooperation and business.

Over the course of this year, we’ve expanded to include new team members and additions to upper management. We also added a range of new equipment, capabilities, and facilities to continue providing you with the best and most responsive service possible for your compliance needs. As a trusted partner to the world’s leading retailers, manufacturers and distributors, we remain committed to working closely with the global marketplace, authorities, standards committees, and customers to provide exemplary compliance solutions for growing complexities in product compliance worldwide. MET will continue to find innovative and economically viable solutions to better serve the global marketplace in 2018.

As 2017 comes to a close, the holiday season offers a constant reminder to prioritize safety during winter travels, holiday activities, and purchase selection. Several well-publicized incidents continue to raise concerns for both home appliance safety and, more recently, air travel. In this edition, we’ll explore growing safety concerns on topics including carrying lithium-ion battery-powered devices on airlines, safely traveling or transporting electronic devices during the holiday season, critical holiday home safety tips with recommendations from the NFPA & CPSC, training opportunities, and what’s new in MET.

MET wishes you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Industry Corner

Lithium Battery Safety

Lithium batteries have become a part of everyday life. They can be found everywhere including the hundreds of millions of batteries and equipment powered by them that are carried on aircraft annually.

While the rate of failure associated with air transport is relatively small, several well-publicized incidents have raised concerns about their overall safety during air travel. Recently, they’ve caused several smoke and fire incidents as cargo on both commercial and cargo aircraft, but also in passenger & crew baggage. This includes small terminal fires, cabin fires that have forced passenger planes to make emergency landings, and even large uncontrolled in-flight cargo fires.

As technology evolves, consumer expectations continue to drive demand for more compact devices and smaller batteries that can charge faster and discharge slower. Not only have these demands placed pressure on manufacturers to meet design and performance goals, but in turn makes batteries more fragile, requiring adequate external physical protection as well as reliable operational and recharging circuitry to prevent excessive discharge or overcharge.

It’s important that manufacturers address compliance considerations throughout the design and manufacturing phase to ensure that products run by lithium-ion batteries deliver benefits and minimize serious safety risk.

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Industry Corner

Holiday Safety Tips

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more home fires happen in the winter than any other time of year.

Each year, roughly half of all home electrical fires involve electrical distribution or lighting equipment, and the remining involving other common types of equipment such as portable or stationary space heaters. During the winter months, holiday decorations, heating and other electrical products all contribute to an increased risk of fire, injuries, and deaths in homes.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), reports that U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated average of 860 home fires per year associated with holiday decorations and 56,000 estimated home fires involving heating equipment. According to statistics from both the NFPA and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), house fires resulting from decorations cause an estimated $17 million in property loss per year, while fires involving heating equipment cause $1 billion yearly in direct property damage.

As you heat your homes and deck the halls this holiday season, it’s important to be fire smart. Here’s some important winter safety tips to keep your home safe and secure this season.

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Inside MET

A Year in Review

People on the Move »
In January, Steve Pitta a 17-year MET veteran and previous General Manager of MET Austin, stepped into the role of Director of the Environmental business line. In April, John Mason, another 17-year MET veteran and previous Military EMC Manager, stepped into the role of Director of the EMC business line. Over the course of their time here with MET, both Steve and John have demonstrated not only excellent leadership, but a strong aptitude in managing various functions including recruiting, training, and program development.

In June, MET’s previous Central Region Sales Manager, Derek Robinson, stepped into his current role of General Manager responsible for managing MET’s central region sales operations. In November, MET’s previous Business Development Manager of Government and Military, Keith Cooper, stepped into his current role of Eastern Regional Sales Manager responsible for managing MET’s eastern region sales operations. With a decade of service each at MET Labs, both Derek and Keith have become cornerstones of the MET family.

New Independent test lab in South Korea »
In March 2017, MET proudly announced the opening of our new independent test lab in Korea to enhance our current Product Safety testing capabilities. The new state-of-the-art testing facility in Korea offers expanded laboratory services for the entire Asia Pacific region and was designed to help manufacturers deliver safe, high-quality products to global markets quickly and efficiently.

New state-of-the-art equipment »
Other notable expansions in 2017 include the wide array of new equipment and standards added to MET’s scope of capabilities. These include but are not limited to: a new Salt-fog chamber in Baltimore, Flame/explosion-proof chamber in Austin, Ozone atmosphere simulation chamber in Baltimore, and Seismic shaker table in Union City. Notable Scope expansions include: UL 2018, UL 61010-2, UL 62368-1, ASTM 1171, and various parts of UL 60079.

Inside MET

Compliance College Events

Training events throughout the year »
Our Compliance College events offer valuable training opportunities through an array of free workshops, training seminars and other educational resources from our subject matter experts to help you navigate compliance complexities worldwide as they apply your industry/products.

If you have questions on specific topics or standards you would like to see addressed in an upcoming event, please contact us here.

MET also offers private seminars customized to your product’s compliance needs. Click here schedule a custom training event

Military and Rugged Testing Webinar Series
Part 2: Power Quality Testing

January 18, 2018 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm (EST)

Hazardous Location Product Compliance Webinar Series
Part 1: How to prepare & submit a project that increases chance of success

January 25, 2018 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm (EST)

Save the Date! »
Don’t miss MET’s annual seminars on Global Product Compliance and Designing for Compliance & Reliability. This year’s annual Design for Compliance and Reliability seminar will be hosted in May 2018. This year’s annual Global Compliance Seminar will be hosted in September 2018.

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MET Compliance College

Upcoming Training Events

Military and Rugged Testing Webinar Series

This series of Military testing workshops will give you a complete picture of compliance to Military standards while addressing a range of unique topics. Join this FREE webinar where you’ll learn critical insights from MET’s military experts into power quality testing as it relates to MIL-STD 704, MIL-STD 1275, and MIL-STD 1399-300



1:00-2:00PM EST

Hazardous Location Product Compliance Webinar Series

In this series of Hazardous Location Testing workshops, our experts will give you a complete picture of compliance to hazardous location standards and address a number of topics including: Preparing a project for success, Explanations of hazardous location categorizations, Protection methods, and MSHA safety approvals.



1:00-2:00PM EST