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Compliance & Precision News Round-Up - Issue 7

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Phasing out of low efficiency lamps

The Lighting Industry Association has responded to recent media coverage relating to the draft European regulation for phasing out the least efficient directional lamps.

The EU, as part of its continued focus on reducing energy consumption by encouraging the use of more energy efficient products, is proposing to introduce Regulations that will progressively phase out the least efficient MR16 types (as it has done for a variety of energy using products such as refrigerators). It is important to note that MR16 low voltage lamps as a generic product are not being phased out.

The regulations are in draft stage at this time and discussions with industry and other interested parties are on-going so the details are not yet finalised. In the most recent draft of the EU proposal the least efficient types will be phased out from September 2013 at the earliest with a further reduction in less efficient types by September 2016.

In response to the ever increasing cost of energy, the industry seeks to develop more efficient lighting solutions and this extends to new technologies to improve the efficiency of halogen lamps which in turn maintains the choice demanded by end users.

The industry and individual manufacturers will be working with the EU to understand the requirements more fully and to provide feedback to the Regulators. When the requirements are finalised individual manufacturers will be in a position to identify which products will be affected in the first phase i.e. September 2013.

More details at www.lightingassociation.com

LVD and Product Safety standards news

A new consolidated list of references of harmonised standards under the low voltage directive 2006/95/EC has been published in the Official Journal.

More than 680 European standards provide solutions for compliance and presumption of conformity with relevant essential requirements of the low voltage directive. Although the references of these standards are published in the Official Journal of the European Union their publication is not required to provide for a presumption of conformity for low voltage products.

The use of harmonised standards is optional. Manufacturers can choose whether or not to follow a harmonised standard to manufacture their products. Manufacturers may thus go for any other technical solution but they must demonstrate that their products are in conformity with the mandatory safety requirements.

In addition, references of two new European standards in the electrotechnical area have been published for the first time as part of the General Product Safety Directive.

These are on safety for audio, video and similar electronic apparatus and on safety for information technology equipment.

More details at http://ec.europa.eu

Two new power correction factor publications

A new Introduction to Power Factor Correction Guide, produced jointly by BEAMA’s Capacitory Manufacturers Association and the ECA, has been released. The new booklet provides fundamental principles and key selection criteria when considering the installation of power factor correction equipment to save energy, reduce losses and hence reduce CO2 emissions. 

In addition, a new Technical Bulletin is also available from BEAMA that quantifies the Effect of Low Voltage Power Factor Correction on Losses and CO2 Emissions in the UK Transmission and Distribution System.

More details at www.beama.org.uk

Increase productivity, efficiency and traceability with the comprehensive HAL 104 production line tester and Safety e-Base Pro software from Clare

All the tests needed to demonstrate compliance with EU, international, and UK directives in one convenient package – that’s the edge the ClareHAL 104 tester gives you.

The ClareHAL 104 is built for demanding environments, including all types of electronic manufacturing, laboratories and maintenance – both as a stand-alone solution or as an integrated part of your production line.

Along with Safety e-Base Pro software, the ClareHAL 104 delivers supreme productivity. Test sequences can be set up and operated via a PC from any safe, convenient location you choose remote from the production line.

Tests can be configured to start on your customised commands, such as the closing of an enclosure door. Results of custom test sequences can now be stored on the PC as well as within the tester, allowing improved traceability and auditability.

Intuitive user-interface is taken a step further with the ability to provide user prompts in text or picture format – operators can be guided step-by-step on what to do next, saving time and reducing the risk of human error.

Set parameters, ease of use, the safety of remote control, results storage, pictorial or text prompts and total customisation of test sequences - the Clare system brings total confidence and a bespoke solution to your production line testing requirements.

Charger safety dangers

The Electrical Safety Council has highlighted product recalls linked to potential electrical safety problems with two different types of charging products imported from China.

The Furious branded mains ‘travel phone charger was discovered to pose the risk of electric shock because it does not have adequate insulation between the input and output circuits.

Similarly, on the Air Walk ‘3 in 1’ mains charger for iPhone, iPad and iPod products, the pins are inadequately spaced from the periphery which could lead to inadvertent contact with live parts whilst inserting or removing the adaptor from the socket. In addition, the pins are not of the correct size which could cause overheating or arcing within the socket.

Both products do not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant national standards.

Manufacturers of both products have issued safety recall notices and are rectifying the faults.

More details at www.esc.org.uk/public/home-electrics/product-recalls/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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