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Compliance & Precision News Round-Up - Issue 5

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New lighting industry trade body

The New Year heralded the introduction of a new trade organisation for the UK lighting sector. The new Lighting Industry Association was formed on January 1st 2012, through the the merger of the Lighting Industry Federation and the Lighting Association.

The Lighting Industry Association’s mission is to strengthen the industry and promote the benefits of good quality lighting by representing all aspects of UK, EU and international legislation and standards at the highest level whilst protecting the interests of both the public and members.

The group seeks to support by high quality training and greater communication within the industry which will in turn stimulate demand for lighting technology and quality products.

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BIS electronics directives roadshows

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is hosting a series of free roadshows to highlight changes in various environmental regulations for electrical and electronic equipment.

The roadshows being held around the country will update the situation with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and the Batteries Directive.

As such they should be of interest to all manufacturers, distributors or importers of electrical and electronic equipment.

The half day roadshows are planned at a number of venues around the country during February and early March.

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New BEAMA consumer energy display group

BEAMA has launched a new Consumer Energy Display Industry Group (CEDIG).

Consumer energy displays include a range of devices and services, such as In Home Displays (IHDs), real-time online user interfaces (UIs) and Smartphone applications. The purpose of all of these is to collect accurate, real time information on the customer’s energy usage and feed this back to the customer while helping them understand their usage and how they can better manage it.

These products have proven highly successful in helping consumers to reduce electricity consumption and will play a significant role in the context of the UK’s national Smart Meter programme.

The new BEAMA group aims to become the voice of the UK consumer energy display industry, promoting the technology and working with stakeholders to develop the arrangements needed to provide the displays with data. CEDIG will also provide expert knowledge and feedback to Government, utilities, consumer and standardisation bodies.

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New Lighting Controls Guide

The Lighting Industry Federation’s Lighting Electronics Controls Application Panel (LIF LECAP) is in the process of developing a range of tools to promote the use of lighting controls more widely, including controls applied to individual luminaries and lighting products as well as in building wide systems.

The initial set of tools will comprise a Guide to Lighting Controls, a mini-guide version and a 1 day training course based on the main Guide.

The LIF LECAP group will continue to develop further tools with regard to lighting controls to further promote the many benefits that the use of them can bring to users, including significant energy and CO2 reductions.

New HAL range meets all compliance test needs

A new range of electrical safety testers have been developed to help manufacturers of electrical and electronic products comply with all required performance and safety standards.

The new Clare HAL series from Seaward provides a range of dedicated and all in one electrical safety testers that can be used in stand -alone applications or as part of integrated production line systems.

Based on the highly successful HAL Mark 1 range, the extended series now includes five testers to enable users to meet all common international safety standards quickly and effectively.

The new HAL series includes the HAL 101 AC/DC Hipot and DC insulation tester, the HAL 102 Hipot tester with a scanner switching matrix, the HAL 103 combined Hipot, ground bond and insulation tester and the flagship HAL 104 which is a comprehensive electrical safety tester that also provides load, leakage and power factor measurement.

By combining electrical safety and functional testing, the HAL104 is therefore particularly suitable for those production situations where high resolution performance measurements are important such as LED products in low energy lighting applications and PV solar panels.

All instruments in the new HAL range possess a simple user interface and fully isolated outputs to provide complete flexibility and safety of operation.

The testers can be operated manually with the simple push of a front fascia button and also offer an automatic test option with a series of pre-configured test specifications.

In addition, various input and output ports allow test activation to be initiated though selectable sensors and enclosure interlocks or via remote PCs or PLC systems for large automated production systems. The instruments can also be interfaced with a variety of accessories including bar code scanners and label printers.

Each new HAL includes a large clear full graphic display for the presentation of test information in a numerical or analogue format. Because traceability is such an important aspect of all production line procedures, an internal memory allows the storage and downloading of up to 6,000 test results.

By providing a flexible and versatile range of electrical safety testing instrumentation, the new HAL range has been designed to give all electrical and electronic goods manufacturers the levels of control and traceability needed to suit their own test requirements.



















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