Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Product Liability Seminar

AEM offers seminars on product safety & compliance, liability

Creating a product safety program is not difficult but making it stick can be a challenge, and that is the focus of the 2011 Product Safety and Compliance Seminar of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – “Making It Stick.” The seminar will be held May 2-4, 2011 followed by AEM’s annual Product Liability Seminar May 5, both in Bloomingdale, Illinois (Hilton Indian Lakes Resort.)

The AEM Product Safety & Compliance Seminar will refresh, reinforce and expand on key themes from the 2010 program, including sessions on training, to help companies ensure their safety messages are having an impact. The event will feature a half-day introductory session on the cornerstone of product safety. The next two days will offer 29 sessions across five different tracks focused on safety fundamentals, training, incident investigation, Tier 4 engine emission regulations, product feature decisions and other key issues.

The AEM Product Liability Seminar, “More Lessons Learned in the Courtroom,” brings together a group of experienced trial and corporate attorneys as presenters. They will share “real-life” examples of important litigation issues in corporate witness and pre-trial preparation and in the courtroom, with an emphasis on helping frontline litigation support personnel.

Opening keynote presenter for the product safety and compliance seminar is Adam Kopstein, manager of North American product safety and compliance for Volvo Cars of North America, discussing design achievements to enhance safety. Closing keynote presenter is Tana Utley, chief technology officer and vice president of Caterpillar, discussing customer value in a complex regulatory world.

Another Product Safety & Compliance Seminar feature is peer-to-peer roundtables for informal discussion with the expert presenters and sharing best-practices information with peers. Providing extra value to attendees is an exhibit area of attendee product manuals, safety labels and support materials.

This AEM seminar is the only one of its kind designed specifically by and for manufacturers and company-designated service providers of agricultural, construction, forestry, mining and utility equipment. It provides a forum to discuss issues involved in the design, manufacture, compliance and safe use of products. Geared for beginner as well as experienced industry professionals, it is especially beneficial to small and medium-sized manufacturers with more limited internal resources.

Attendees participating in both events receive a liability seminar registration discount. AEM’s educational programming offers Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Complete seminar details and registration information are posted online in the “Education” section of the AEM website –