In the words of Graham Naisbitt, Chairman and CEO: “It is a fitting tribute to Gen3 Systems that Emma Hudson has agreed to take-up the role of Chief Technology Officer. Emma's expertise, gathered from her work in the automotive industry and more recently at Underwriters Laboratories, greatly strengthen Gen3’s business development programme”.
“Her responsibilities include the focused expansion of our Test Services capability. As a result of recent changes to the IPC-J-STD001 and IEC 61191-1 standards, companies are now required to provide objective evidence of the quality of their production processes, Gen3 Systems is ideally placed to help its customers to generate the requisite evidence”.
An honours graduate in engineering, specialising in materials technology, Emma spent the early years of her professional career in the automotive electronics industry, as a laboratory manager providing process and materials engineering support and failure analysis to three Tier 1 manufacturing sites. For the following twelve years, she championed safety in the PCB industry through her work with Underwriters Laboratories, helping engineers to understand, source and design PCBs for safer products. Recognised as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, she was the subject-matter expert for UL 796 and UL 796F and became technical lead for the PCB team within Europe & Latin America, developing new testing, inspection and certification services for the PCB industry, and supporting clients in getting new products approved.
Emma is a Fellow of the Institute of Circuit Technology and a member of the board of directors of the European Institute for the PCB Community, of which she is presently vice-president and treasurer. She is chair of the BSI EPL/501 Electronic Assembly Technology committee, and is the British representative for several working groups for IEC TC 91as well as being involved in IPC PCB standards work, including the development of new specialised addendums for safety critical fields. She is a member of the board of trustees of Electrical Safety First, formerly the Electrical Safety Council, and was shortlisted in the Woman in Industry category for the 2017 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Awards.
Graham Naisbitt continues: “I have served for more than 20 years with both IPC and IEC, and Emma’s position as chair of BSI EPL/501, which shadows IEC TC91 standards development programs, and her recent appointment as vice-chair of two IPC task groups, provide significant continuity for these roles which are important to our industry and are supported by our products and expertise. On behalf of all Gen3 staff, and our extensive global customer base, we welcome Emma to our team.”
About Gen3 Systems
Gen3 Systems is a specialist manufacturer of test and measurement equipment used to help predict reliability of electronic circuits and systems in the field. In addition, the company designs and manufactures dip and spray coating process equipment in both in-line and bench-top formats. Gen3 is a specialist distributor for several leading equipment manufacturers including, Nordson SELECT, FineTech, MBTech, MEK, Hirox, Optilia and, Aprotec Instrumentation, Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) systems.
Gen3 Systems also provides training, equipment and expertise for manufacturers requiring assessment of their electronic products’ reliability. The company also operates a test service and assists with standards development via both the IPC and IEC. Gen3 Systems operates from premises near Farnborough Business Park, on the M3 corridor and just 30 minutes from London’s Heathrow Airport.