David Kirkpatrick

February 7, 2009

GOP pushing to delay CPSIA of 2008

This is news that affects one of my clients, Vouch Software, because its application is a virtual product safety test for infant toys and products. I will say pretty much everyone is in agreement that this law was far too draconian and implemented way too quickly. Hopefully this legislation will gain some traction to give the industry a little breathing room.

I’m betting this will be big talk next weekend at the Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair ’09 in New York. The safety talk is to be held Monday, February16.

From the WSJ link:

Congress rushed to pass a tough new consumer safety law last year, and now a number of Republican lawmakers are rushing again to pass legislation to delay the date the stricter rules go into effect.

The bill, which sets stringent limits on lead in children’s products and bans some phthalates, a class of chemicals used to soften plastics, called for children’s products to be in compliance by Tuesday, Feb. 10. Companies, particularly smaller ones that make toys and other children’s products, are worried and have been begging lawmakers to delay the rules. Because the standards were applied retroactively, they argue, they now face warehouses full of noncompliant inventory, financial losses or even bankruptcies. Some lawmakers blame the Consumer Product Safety Commission for doing too little while the CPSC’s acting chairwoman blames Congress for going too far.

February 2, 2009

VanDuzen’s latest — Vouch Software

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:37 pm

Got a call from Nancy Hairston, founder and president of VanDuzen, last week with some exciting news. The 3D visualization and modeling company is about to officially release Vouch Software.

Vouch is geared toward designers and manufacturers of toys and products for infants and allows for digitally testing designs. This tool will be a tremendous time and money saver by pushing basic safety testing back into the design phase using 3D virtual models instead of physical prototypes.

One designer who used Vouch in beta said she even ran tests while designing and made changes on the fly instead of creating a finished product for testing. Pretty cool.

From the link:

“These days you have to design safety in. If you wait until after the toy
is made, it’s way too late. You can’t do it after the fact.”

Peter Schaefer
Vice-President, Safety, Security and Social Accountability – McDonald’s
As quoted in Chicago Tribune.com, August 5, 2007


What our other customers are saying

“Vouch gives me results faster than I can fill out the paperwork
requesting the rapid prototype for testing.”

“I run tests in Vouch concurrently while I design in Rhino, it is so fast.”

“We design digitally…why not test digitally.”