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TEST AND PRODUCT certifica- tion provider TÜV SÜD is using two portable HAL 103 multi-func- tion safety testers from Clare, to enable its team of 18 engineers to move quickly from site to site undertaking three important elec- trical safety tests using a single portable instrument.

TÜV SÜD undertakes safety testing of electrical items ranging from IT, telecommunications and white goods through to brown goods, laboratory products and medical devices, both in its own laboratories and at manufactur- ers’ premises.

This often involves schedul- ing testing at short notice any- where in the country to ensure products comply with relevant safety standards.

Previously engineers had to use three separate testers to carry out earth bond, insulation resistance and HiPOT (flash) testing. Commenting on the Clare HAL 103, TÜV SÜD’s safety compliance manager, Richard Poate said, “The great advantage for us is that the HAL 103 is portable, making it easy to transport to different locations. This enables our engineers to

complete test programmes easily and efficiently, while ensuring quality of service is never compromised. “It’s also a very reliable and flexible tester, enabling the opera- tor to simply complete the required tests and accurately record the results all at once - at the press of a button.”

New CMSE international training programme

IT HAS BEEN announced that Pilz, together with TÜV NORD, will be offering a new interna- tional training programme CMSE (Certified Machinery Safety Expert) from February this year. Increased demands due to changes in legislation, the rising level of automation and demand- ing technologies all need intelli- gent safety strategies that can be implemented internationally. Therefore, it is necessary for com- panies to ensure that their relevant personnel have the knowledge required to make informed deci- sions on machinery safety. CMSE has been specifically developed by Pilz to provide the market with expert level training on an international basis. The course is certified by TÜV NORD, enabling those who complete the training to prove their competence through an internationally recog-

nised qualification with indepen- dent certification.

The course is primarily aimed at design engineers, project engineers, safety engineers and development engineers from the field of automation technology as well as maintenance engi- neers and industrial engineers. Divided into five modules, topics include, Safety Legislation; Machinery Standards and

Regulations; Risk Assessment; Occupational Health and Safety; Safety Systems and Electrical Safety; Functional Safety: Safety Control, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems.

Courses will run at Pilz’s head office in Corby and are scheduled to start at the end of February and run at regular intervals through- out the year.

In brief...

Spelsberg UK is set to improve its average lead time on customised prod- ucts with the introduction of a new CNC production cell at its headquar- ters in Telford. This addition to Spelsberg’s in- house CNC capabilities means that it is able to offer rapid customisation times, for any order size, to almost all of the 4,000 standard products available in its range.

Chris Lloyd, general manager of Spelsberg UK, commented, “Customisation is an important part of our business. Despite having a stan- dard product list of well over 4,000 enclosures, we understand that every application is different and that no-one wants to compromise when it comes to protecting their product. By customising the number and position of entry points you can ensure that an enclosure’s IP rating is maintained and there are no areas of unnecessary weakness.”

Electrical industry training charity, NET, has published information on AM2 hints and tips and common candidate errors.

Developed to underline how the assessment references the BS 7671 Wiring Regulations syllabus, the infor- mation includes reasons why marks are lost during assessment, useful prepara- tion tips and notes on post assessment administration and queries. NET development manager Stephen Plant explained, “What we have done is look at the issues faced by parties to the AM2 and provided guidance around these to offer a better under- standing of how the industry defines competence under BS 7671.”

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