Intro to Equipment Compliance and Conformity

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Are you looking for solutions to get your equipment to market? If so, then this video is for you.  Principal/CEO, Steve Barcik Amstel presents an introduction to Equipment Compliance and Conformity to accelerate your path to market. In this video he covers the various standards that may apply and let’s you know how he and the team at High Tech Design Safety can help you if you are looking for additional support.

Equipment compliance covers the various specifications, standards and guidelines that various end users and governments require. This presentation will provide you more information on how to comply with the changing and developing requirements. Steve Barcik Amstel Experience; 21 years in the conformance and equipment business. 30 years in engineering.


Outline: Part 1: Standards and Application Our baseline.

Part 2: New Standards and changes coming on line. RoHS, Appliance Law, and Others.

Part 3: Strategies Approach to conformity.

Part 1: Objectives Understand the various base standards and requirements. Determine impact to current business. Begin to implement plan for resolving conformity. Part 1: Baseline Origin of the requirements; The Customer Internal specifications, details of the RFQ Internal (our own internal standards) The requirements business operations Government Regulation For example CE Marking, USA electrical Codes Groups with Interest National Fire Protection Association, Factory Mutual, Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Part 1: Baseline Regional Requirements USA Government Requirements NFPA Electrical OSHA and CDRH Building Codes Fire Codes Scope; Sections Detailing control of each hazard, and documentation. Efforts to harmonize with IEC and CE in place

Part 1: Baseline CE Requirement Europe Governmental CE Marking Scope Low Voltage Directives Machinery Directives Hazard Based directives Laser Safety Radiation EMC/EMI Applicability; All Manufacturing Equipment Scope; Sections Detailing control of each hazard, and documentation. Level of Effort: Multiple weeks. Many Asian companies now requiring CE, efforts under way to engage harmonization

Part 1: Conclusion USA and EU require conformance for long standing and new standards. Harmonization in effect. Asian countries are beginning to implement similar but different. Look to where the new markets are beginning and expect a similar path of increasing regulations.

Part 2: New Regulations RoHS Laws. China CCC mark Russia RoHS Restriction on Hazardous Substances Lead, Mercury, and other materials. Full Implementation complete Need to ensure products do not contain or emit hazardous substance Need to ensure product can be disposed of at end of life Part 3: Objectives Develop strategies for conformance. Look to causing a positive regulatory environment for your equipment. Follow up on developments which may increase effort to place equipment.

Lesson 3: Conformity Costs and Time Estimated Compliance Costs. Negotiated Compliance. What would be minimal acceptable to the end user and jurisdiction? Estimated time line. Months? Documentation Is it even available? Revision Evaluations Actions: Implement a conformity/regulatory plan within your company. Provide conformity baseline and add programs as customers require Minimize customer requirements and testing through negotiation. Conformity: Current Status Review Destination’s Requirements and End User’s requirements Identify availability of conformity documentation Determine deltas Check lists Review Refurbishment/ Implementation of safety devices. Opinion: Conformity Can be a barrier to markets. Harmonization; UL and CE, Asian Countries now accepting some CE. Activity is increasing, previously it took 3-5 years to make a revision now revision are occurring more rapidly, as often as annually More countries becoming involved. Less trade more time for inspections Summary: Dedicated Team Engineering Manufacturing Sales Conformity Market Acceptance Support assumptions that used equipment can use a minimal or reduced set of requirements. Next steps include reaching out to the High Tech Design Safety team and Principal/CEO Steve Barcik Amstel


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