Product Safety and Compliance Testing

Product Safety and Compliance Testing

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Full-service Product Safety and Compliance Testing

Washington Labs provides product safety and compliance testing with independent testing for product conformance to national and international standards, including CE Marking for compliance with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD 2014/35/EU).

We provide Testing and evaluation to IEC 60950, 61010, 60601-1 for information technology, industrial, laboratory, measurement and medical equipment. We also provide NRTL support for product safety certification and listing to OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory program.

All testing is performed in-house or on-site to guarantee a quick turn-around.

As a TUV Rheinland Partner Test Lab, Washington Laboratories can obtain Approvals for your electronic or electrical products:

  • Information Technology Equipment and related component power supplies
  • Test and Measurement Equipment
  • Medical Equipment
  • Audio Video Equipment

Call 301-216-1500 to discuss your project. We will determine the standards and a test program and provide a quotation for Turn-Key Product Safety Approvals.

 Safety Approvals

Complete safety service: U.S., Canadian, European and international product safety approvals can be secured with one stop at Washington Labs.

To improve free trade in international markets, product safety requirements have been harmonized. Products that comply with these standards and directives will be able to take full advantage of this harmonization, thus securing their place in the world marketplace.

With the advantage of being a TUV Rheinland Partner Test lab, WLL can perform in house product safety testing to obtain US, Canadian, and European approvals all at one location.

WLL also offers UL approvals via the witness test program and performs completion evaluations for CE Marking requirements.

The bottom line is that WLL streamlines the safety approval process, reduces testing costs and cuts your precious time-to-market.

Restriction of Hazardous Substances and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment RoHS/WEEE

In response to imminent regulations for electronics manufacturers, Washington Labs has developed the RoHS\WEEE Compliance Assessment Program (R\W-CAP).

This program, provided at your facility, includes orientation training on the Directives, defining the applicability of the Directives to your particular industry/product offerings and the R\W-CAP guide gap review for current and ongoing compliance management.

Glow Wire Flammability Index (GWFI) Testing

Determine your product Glow Wire Flammability Index or confirm compliance with the standards.

Product Safety Markets

United States UL, NRTL
Canada CSA, NRTL-C
Europe TUV, CE, LVD, MDD, VDE
Mexico NOM

Product Safety Standards

  • UL/IEC/EN 60950-1
  • UL/IEC/EN 61010-1
  • UL/IEC/EN 60335
  • UL/IEC/EN 60601-1
  • EN60204-1
  • UL/IEC/EN 60065
  • IEC 60601-1-11

Products

  • ITE and Office Machines
  • Medical
  • Component and Ready-For-Use Power Supplies
  • Household and Commercial Appliances
  • A / V Equipment
  • Laboratory and Test Equipment
  • Machinery

Did You Know? Electrical Safety

Did you know or I should say are you aware that product design features need to transfer to manufacturing properly?

Discussion:  Most product designers can relate to issues on obtaining a compliant design when it comes to electrical safety.  Standards and approving agencies require that selected tests be accomplished on 100% of units produced prior to shipment.  These aspects are considered so critical to operator safety that all are tested.  Insulation is a part of the critical tests evaluated by a dielectric strength test.  The idea is that if the insulation is compromised, it will be revealed in the test.  During the qualification testing rigorous tests are accomplished but the factory test allows a little relief (shorted duration, no conditioning, etc.).  In the example below a manufacturing flaw was noticed during a random sample inspection.  Note that the insulation is damaged because a cable tie was tightened to a corner reducing the insulation thickness.  Results provide for arcing to metal parts of the unit.  Would this be detected during factory testing – hopefully but atmospheric influences could allow a pass condition and shipping vibration makes this unsuitable for use.  Root cause – inadequate manufacturing instructions on placement or application of the tie.  The design must be supported by manufacturing.

Insulation Squeeze Play

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Article Reference ID: DYK00004

Did you know that the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) requires Low Voltage Directive (LVD) compliance without regard to voltage?

Discussion:  RED 2014/53/EU paragraph 3 calls for LVD compliance and does NOT exempt equipment operating at less than the specified 50 or 75 V lower threshold.  Selecting an appropriate standard for the evaluation is not defined in the directive so a lot of questions regarding the evaluation standard are asked.  Many have arbitrarily chosen to use 60950-1 because the wireless feature places this into communications or the associated information technology category.  However, this may be a poor choice because we are not considering the primary function of the device.  If the primary function is used to determine the evaluation standard without regard to the radio feature, a more appropriate standard would be used.  For example, a medical device with a radio is still a medical device and 60601-1 (et al) would be appropriate – just don’t omit adding the radio back into the evaluation to assess RF exposure and other elements regarding RF safety.

 

Article Reference ID: DYK00005

Did you know that coin batteries can provide a Hot Pocket?

We are reminded every day during electrical safety evaluations that battery implementation requires paying attention to the details as our battery technology webinar series instructed.  But a little bit of info caught my attention during the webinars as a reminder about the coin batteries we encounter frequently.  We are so accustomed to these items that we forget about safety – danger associated with ingestion by small children and the ever familiar I’ll take it along so I can make sure I get the right replacement – taking along by tossing into a trouser pocket with loose change to have the change make a connection across the terminals resulting in a Hot Pocket  – just a reminder.

For more information contact us.

Article Reference ID: DYK00012

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