Category Archives: Product Testing

Automatic Bar Controls, Inc. – Pizza Sauce Dispenser

F2 Labs and Automatic Bar Controls, Inc. have collaborated on many compliance projects over the years and so we are pretty familiar with some of their products. It was very interesting to see some of the pizza sauce dispenser… which … Continue reading

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REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 – Article 7, Annex VII, and practical considerations for manufacturers – the CRASH COURSE

One possible cause for an audible “gulp” coming from the reader of a specifications sheet is coming across a requirement to comply, vaguely, with the REACH Regulation (EC) 1907/2006. Broadly, REACH is meant to ensure that products in Europe do … Continue reading

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Partly completed machinery and the requirement for Assembly Instructions

Manufacturers who build parts of machines or incomplete machinery (for example: no controls) must be aware that their equipment must not carry a CE marking and must follow a separate compliance path in the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. This is an … Continue reading

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CE marking Onsite Consulting and Training

F2 Labs is able to send a CE marking expert to your facility to provide overview training to your business – sales and engineering. We can quickly dig into the Directives that apply to your specific products and show your … Continue reading

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RoHS 2011/65/EU and Machinery

F2 Labs assists many manufacturers, internationally, with CE marking requirements. Regarding CE marking, primarily we test and evaluate electro-mechanical equipment for compliance with electrical safety, machinery safety, EMC and radio, medical device, and hazardous location requirements. However, when a manufacturer … 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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CE marking and the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU

Many times, we receive a request for assistance from a customer for a project that involves, “CE marking and ATEX.” While there is nothing wrong with calling ATEX out separately from other CE marking requirements, we note that the ATEX … Continue reading

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The EU declaration of conformity

A frequent source of confusion for exporters of products to the EU is the EU declaration of conformity. Many customers that we assist are vaguely familiar with the concept and the role of the “DoC”. The EU declaration of conformity … Continue reading

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CE marking and the Technical File

Manufacturers who send equipment into the EU are required to send a CE compliant product in most cases. This means that if you are making an electromechanical device, chances are that you will need to comply with at least one, … Continue reading

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