Author Archives: Peter Jolles

FCC – New Labeling and Manual Requirements

The FCC released new guidance and procedures for manufacturers to show compliance with FCC regulations in June 2017. Some of the changes are in the labeling requirements and, notably, the allowance for the use of a Suppliers Declaration of Conformity, or … Continue reading

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EU’s Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products

The EU has a direct conduit for market surveillance authorities to communicate information about non-compliant products directly between 31 EU member nations and the European Commission. This system is called the Rapid Alert System, or RAPEX. This is not where … Continue reading

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IP69 vs. IP69K

We are presented with a request for quote for IP69K testing on a regular basis at F2 Labs. Usually my first reply to the customer is this, “Do you mean IP69 or IP69K?” Believe it or not, there is a … Continue reading

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Aerosol Dispensers Directive 75/324/EEC

The Aerosol Dispensers Directive 75/324/EEC, also called the ADD 75/324/EEC is one of Europe’s oldest Directives. Although it has never been replaced like, for instance, the Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC (replaced by the LVD 2006/95/EC and then the LVD 2014/35/EU) … Continue reading

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RoHS 2011/65/EU, EN 50581:2012, and clause 4.3.3.

Manufacturers that send equipment to the EU with a CE marking must understand that a CE marking is a blanket claim by the manufacturer. The claim is that the equipment complies with any applicable CE marking Directive. This article is … Continue reading

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Safety Fences and the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

While reading the new Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Edition 2.1, I was interested to see that the last sentence in section 42, dealing with Safety Components and their status under the Machinery Directive, is this: Specific … Continue reading

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Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Edition 2.1 – published in July 2017 and EN 61010-1 equipment

The Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Edition 2.1, was published by the EC Commission in July. The link to the document is here. Be advised that is a direct download link. The “guideline” is extremely useful and … Continue reading

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ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU and the ATEX Directive 99/92/EC

The ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU applies to equipment used in mines and potentially explosive atmospheres. It is very common for the sales staff at F2 Labs to receive a request for technical assistance to comply with ATEX but it is not … Continue reading

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Net Neutrality, what is it?

I have been hearing a lot about “net neutrality” lately but I did not really know what it means, probably the same as most people, so I decided to find out. Read on. Basically, net neutrality means that no place … Continue reading

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RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU – Article 4 (3) – expired

The RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, Article 4 (3) exclusion for industrial monitoring and control instruments expired on Saturday, July 22, 2017. That exclusion was used by quite a few manufacturers to delay RoHS compliance, but Article 4 (3) is now gone. … Continue reading

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