When it comes to electrical products, the public's expectations with regards to safety levels are constantly on the rise. This situation has led to the reinforcement of European Safety Standards, which have become increasingly complex. Brands, retailers, and importers need to constantly monitor for new standards and amendments to avoid compliance issues. For companies with hundreds of products in their portfolios, this complexity can pose a real threat.
The harmonized standard EN 60335 covers the safety of household appliances (mainly white goods) and similar electrical appliances with a rated voltage not higher than 250 V for single-phase appliances and 480 V for the rest of appliances.
The standard is divided into Part One, which provides generic guidelines, and a series of Part Twos, which are product specific,and advice regarding specific requirements for individual products.Within the context of this strict regulatory environment, ensuring that your electrical products are safe and meeting market place standards is the predominant concern of importers. But it is also important to ensure that the products you have selected meet your specifications and deliver the long-term performance for which it has designed.
In terms of safety testing, our laboratories in Hong Kong and Ningbo can perform most of the electrical and mechanical tests. Hong Kong can also provide chemical testing and corrosion testing whereas the Ningbo lab can only provide corrosion testing.
API can currently provide you with:
We can also provide you with the capacity to assess the performance of your products by performing:
API's extensive production line experience and its team of technical auditors, API can help support your company in its efforts to assess your supplier's capacities. By evaluating its internal quality control capabilities, its overall raw materials traceability or its production equipment you are able to pre-select reliable sources with which to build a good supplier relationship for the long term.
To improve your overall product quality, you may sometimes need to analyze the production process in closer details. API Audit has developed Audit grids to help you understand the factory's overall capabilities from the standpoints of: