New Salt Mist / Corrosion standard IEC 60068-2-52

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IEC 6068-2-52:2017 has superseded IEC 60038-2-52:1996 as of 17 November 2017, with the new standard harmonised with ISO 9227 “Corrosion tests in artificial atmospheres — Salt spray tests” as far as possible. While there have been some additions and changes to the language used in defining the introduction, scope and references, the major changes are as follows: The general descriptions of...

ASA Opens China Office

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Australian Safety Approval has opened an office in China (PRC) to assist local manufacturers in obtaining product safety approval certificates for Australia and New Zealand. Manni Zeng has experience as a product safety test engineer and as an ASA assessor.  She can be contacted thru the contact page of our website or directly via:   ASA recently lowered their RCM safety certificate...

Temperature rise limits for ovens, NSW Fair Trading

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Australian standard AS/NZS 60335.2.6:2014 supersedes AS/NZS 60335.2.6:2008 on 28 November 2017. Under the NSW Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004 (the Act) all declared articles must comply with the current version of the class specification for the electrical article. This means that declared electrical ovens sold must comply with AS/NZS 60335.2.6:2014. The new standard introduces...

Austest Laboratories antenna pattern measurements

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Austest Laboratories, a leader in the provision of testing and certification for Defence and Aerospace products and components, is pleased to announce antenna pattern measurement services for mobile and fixed communications equipment. Austest Laboratories uses its semi anechoic chamber and customised software to automatically rotate, measure and log, linear and circular antenna polarisations or...

IEC 62368-1 New Audio/video Electrical Safety Standard

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Austest Labs has added the following electrical standard to our accreditation: IEC 62368-1 Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements This is a relatively new safety standard for Information Technology Equipment and Audio/Video Equipment and is intended to replace IEC 60950-1 and IEC 60065.  The standard is technology-neutral and...

IEC 61727 Photovoltaic (PV) systems Characteristics of the utility interface

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Austest Labs has added the following electrical standard to our accreditation: IEC 61727 Photovoltaic (PV) systems – Characteristics of the utility interface This standard applies to utility-interconnected photovoltaic (PV) power systems operating in parallel with the utility and utilizing static (solid-state) non-islanding inverters for the conversion of DC to AC.  IEC 61727 testing...

Austest Labs selected by Boeing Defence Australia for Project Currawong

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Austest Laboratories has been selected to test the strength and durability of equipment designed for Project Currawong for Boeing Defence Australia. The testing programme involves a series of extensive environmental and EMI/EMC tests performed on the new Battlespace Communications System (BCS) developed by Boeing Defence Australia for Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of LAND 2072 Phase 2B...

Austest commissions new thermal shock chamber

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Austest Laboratories has added a fully programmable 1m x 1m x 1m temperature and humidity chamber capable of ramp rates of 7 degrees per minute, down to -70DegC and up to 180DegC.  This chamber is suitable for a number of environmental stress applications including thermal shock.  Austest has more than 10 temperature + humidity environmental chambers and 5 UV/Solar chambers located in our Sydney...

See us at Pacific 2017, 3-5 October in Sydney

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PACIFIC 2017 runs from Tuesday 3 October until Thursday 5 October 2017 at the new International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney and is the premier International Commercial and Defence Maritime Exposition in Australia. As the only comprehensive international exhibition of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, PACIFIC2017 will again provide the ideal showcase for naval defence industries...

Revised ASA Website now live

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Australian Safety Approval have updated their website to provide more information of Safety Approval requirements for Australia, including a comprehensive FAQ section that is constantly updated.  ASA has also lowered their safety certificate application fees, with new applications only $590+gst, which currently take between 2 and 5 days to process.  The site has also been completely translated...

Austest Melbourne adds combined vibration and temperature capabilities

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Austest Laboratories is pleased to announce the further expansion of its environmental test capabilities with the commissioning of a combined electrodynamic shaker with temperature chamber at its Thomastown Vic laboratory. The 10kN, 50mm displacement shaker can support payloads up to 150kg and in combination with the temperature chamber, can conduct steady-state or cyclic temperature vibration...

Ingress Protection (IP) Basics of Dust and Water standard AS 60529

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It should be self-evident that enclosures and items designed to be used outside or in harsh environmental conditions, should be designed to prevent water and dust ingress, but how do you know a product or enclosure really meets the ratings asserted by the manufacturer and what do all the IP numbers mean ? Austest Laboratories is the leader in accredited IP testing with more than 150 products...

EMC CISPR22 and CISPR13 to be replaced with CISPR32

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Years ago, manufacturers made AV equipment, while others made Information technology equipment, with crossovers between the two categories rare. Fast forward and the line between Audio Visual devices and computers is extremely blurred, with AV integrating Wifi, Bluetooth, ethernet and other technologies. CISPR32 “Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment – Emission requirements” is a...

See us at AUSPAC 2017, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park 7 – 10 March

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AUSPAC 2017 is Australasia’s all encompassing exhibition for food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing and packaging industry event with more than 350 exhibitors. The immense show floor is packed with machinery in action, interactive displays, networking hubs and educational opportunities. You will experience 15,000+ sqm of machinery, products and solutions for 40+ vertical markets...

Radio Equipment Directive for European CE Mark (RED)

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Manufacturers placing new or currently RTTED-compliant products on the market from 13 Jun 2017 onwards must ensure that products comply with the new RED requirements. The European Union adopted a new set of rules for placing radio equipment on the European market, known as the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) (2014/53/EU which was published on 22 May 2014).  RED supersedes the R&TTE Directive...