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The Pro’s & Con’s of On-Site Certification Testing

Should you have the Certification Lab visit you for the Evaluation/Testing?

In some cases, it may be necessary for you to have the product testing done at yourfacility. Other times, there may be a benefit to having testing done at your facility. In either
case, there are pro’s and con’s for testing being performed at your facility vs. the
certification lab.

Critical Questions for On-Site Testing: Do you have the specialized test equipment
required by the standard? And, is the test equipment calibrated in accordance with the
standard by an ISO17025 accredited calibration lab?

  • In general, the Certification Lab will not bring the test equipment to your facility
    (considerable time to pack/unpack equipment, risk of damage to equipment in
    transit, special shipping containers required, and accreditation concerns with
    shipping calibrated equipment). Perhaps more importantly, if the lab brings the
    equipment, how is testing completed on schedule/budget if any equipment arrives
  • Most standards have tests that will necessitate the ability to adjust and control the
    mains voltage to the product (i.e. ± 10%). For this you would need a variac
    (variable auto-transformer) or power source.

  • If you are testing for US and International compliance, you will need to have 60 Hz
    and 50 Hz power sources – with the ability to adjust and control the voltage. For
    this you will need a power source (a variac will not be adequate unless you already
    have both 50 & 60 Hz power available).

  • The testing in the safety standards involves a lot of specialized test equipment that
    most companies do not have unless they have done this before. Some of the
    typical equipment includes accessibility probes, leakage current tester, ground
    continuity tester, hipot tester, abnormal test materials, thermocouples and
    temperature meter, temperature/humidity chamber, etc. Rough estimate is $5-
    $15K plus environmental chamber if needed. You may want to identify your tests
    and the test equipment required before making a decision on where to test. See for assistance with safety test equipment.

Reasons Why You May Be REQUIRED to Test at Your Facility:

  • Size of equipment – too big for the lab to move or assemble?
  • Special voltage and/or high power needs – does the lab have the power/power control?
  • Operation of equipment requires specially trained personnel and/or support equipment

On-Site Testing: Depending on the type of product, the benefits of onsite testing can be significant

Testing Large/Special Products at the Lab: Sometimes it still makes sense to test at the lab.

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