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Large and Small Domestic Appliances for Domestic or Professional Use

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Large and Small Domestic Appliances

 

Commonly known as LDA (Large Domestic Appliances) and SDA (Small domestic appliances), these two categories, encompassed under the category of Household Appliances, are certainly the kind of consumer products mostly controlled by consumer associations, retailers and end consumers.

 

Within the context of an ever stricter regulatory environment and perceptive consumers, ensuring that your 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 own specifications -according to your clients’ expectations- and deliver the long-term performance for which they have been designed.

 

Eurofins is able to secure all the steps of the supply chain, separately or as a whole, for pure QC services or as QA solution provider. Our unique combination of expertise and size allows our teams to come up with professional and tailor-made solutions.

 

Industries we serve and key product ranges we test

 

Small Domestic Appliances

  • Kitchen appliances, Cooking, Baking
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Personal care appliances
  • Microwave ovens
  • Electrical BBQ
  • Fans
  • Heating appliances

Large Dosmetics Appliances

  • Dishwashers
  • Ovens and hobs
  • Range hoods
  • Storage water heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Heat pumps
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers

Large household appliances

  • Dishwashers
  • Ovens and hobs
  • Range hoods
  • Storage water heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Battery chargers
  • Heat pumps
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Refrigerator
  • Audio/video equipment
  • Information and communication technology equipment
  • ...

 

Specific Service Scope for Domestic Appliances

 

Document review/protocol development

Documentary and regulatory

  • Technical Sheets generation: compilation of regulations and markings requirements applicable per product/market.
  • Assistance on documentary review and set up of technical dossiers (Technical Compliance File TCF).
  • Markings review: Label, artwork, instruction manual review according to different legislations and destination markets.

Operation

  • Protocols Ad-hoc development according to customer´s request and expected/intended use of the product.
  • Test Plans/protocols generation and evaluation of technical specifications of the product to define proper Quality Control plans.
  • Test plans generation to assess performance and fitness for use.
  • Benchmarking assessment.

 

Testing services

Electrical Product Safety

  • Electric shock hazards
  • Thermal and Mechanical hazards
  • Material testing: (e.g. glow wire test, needle flame, V-0, V-1)
  • Dust and water IP tests
  • Construction checks and Expert opinion
  • EMF: ElectroMagnetic Fields
  • Acoustic Tests
  • Vibration tests & measurements
  • ...

Related Standards (non comprehensive list)               

  • IEC/EN 60335-1 (Household and similar electrical appliances. General requirements)
  • IEC/EN 60335-2-2 (Vacuum cleaners)
  • IEC/EN 60335-2-14 (Kitchen machines)
  • IEC/EN 60335-2-25 (Microwave ovens)
  • IEC/EN 60335-2-31 (Range hoods)
  • IEC/EN 60335-2-80 (Fans)
  • IEC/EN 62233 (EMF of household appliances and similar apparatus with regard to human exposure)
  • ...

 

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

Ensuring that your product’s electronic emissions will not affect the normal operation of, nor be affected by, other products within the same environment (Emission and Immunity)

  • EMC testing for CE-Conformance and CB-Scheme (IECEE)
  • Measurements in the course of development and modification (troubleshooting)
  • On-site measurement at machines and fixed equipment

Related Standards (non comprehensive list)               

  • CISPR 14-1/EN 55014-1 (EMC requirements for household appliances, electric tools and similar apparatus. Emission)
  • CISPR 14-2/EN 55014-2 (EMC requirements for household appliances, electric tools and similar apparatus. Immunity)
  • IEC/EN 61000-3-2 (Harmonic current emissions)
  • IEC/EN 61000-3-3 (Fluctuations and Flickers)

 

Chemical Testing

  • REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006
  • Annex XVII Restricted Substances
  • SVHC
  • Chemical Safety Assessment approach by HENZ Software (cost effective approach vs. complete testing)

Other

  • RoHS 2 Directive 2011/65/EU
  • on Restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronical equipment
  • Battery Directive 2006/66/EC
  • for battery-operated products (mercury, cadmium, lead)
  • Food Contact Testing
  • for household appliances intended to be in contact with foodstuffs

 

Performance, Benchmarking & Reliability 

Endurance, Fitness for Use and more

  • Life time
  • Permanent load tests - electrical and mechanical
  • Suitability for intended use
  • Benchmarking assessment
  • Performance tests including an approval mark for consumer products (Quality Label)
  • Acoustic tests
  • Vibration tests & measurements

Environmental and mechanical

  • Corrosion tests, salt spray
  • Harmful gas SO2
  • UV aging
  • Climatic tests from -40°C to 180°C
  • Dust and water IP tests
  • Temperature shock (Rate of temperature change < 20 sec, from-70°C to 180°C)
  • Temperature and altitude
  • Overpressure
  • Vacuum (faster decompression)
  • Combination trials with air-humidity
  • Shock and Vibration

 

Energy Efficiency

Ecodesign regulations require manufacturers to decrease the energy consumption of their products by establishing minimum energy efficiency standards and maintaining functionality levels

 

Eurofins services include measurement according to Eco-design regulations and energy labelling schemes on energy-related products (ErP):

  • Energy efficiency
  • Functionality
  • Energy labelling 

     

Vacuum cleaner case

 

 

  • Regulation (EU) No 665/2013: Energy labelling of vacuum cleaners
  • Regulation (EU) No 666/2013: Ecodesign requirements for vacuum cleaners

 

  • Eurofins services:
    • Annual energy consumption
    • Rated input power
    • Performance: IEC/EN 60312-1 (Dust pick up on carpet and on hard floor)
    • Dust re-emission
    • Sound power level
    • Hose durability
    • Motor lifetimeCombination trials with air-humidity
    • Shock and Vibration

 

Energy Star

  • Voluntary energy labelling scheme (energy saving without sacrificing features or functionality) 
  • ENERGY STAR was first started by the US Environment Protection Agency in 1992. The EU agreed to take part in 2001
  • The EU ENERGY STAR program follows an Agreement between the European Community (EU) and the Government of the US to co-ordinate energy labelling of office equipment

  • EU Directive 2012/27/EU: central governments and EU Institutions, must purchase office equipment with energy efficiency levels at least equivalent to ENERGYSTAR
  • Eurofins is able to provide services for Energy Star labelling scheme

 

Certification & International Approvals, Notified Body Services and Global Market Access

Bringing products to market in different countries is complicated.

Our experts provide guidance on the compliance requirements and approval strategy for certification in key markets

The Global Market Access services is provided from our internationally owned laboratories along with a network of partners across the globe.

Our homologations team counts with dedicated staff, to get your products certified and/or homologated for different economies.

For more information, check our section “Global Market Access” or contact our specialists.

 

Quality Assurance and Control Services

  • Spot tests
    • Test Plans/protocols generation and evaluation of technical specifications of the product to define proper Quality Control plans (focus on Critical Points)
  • Construction Check
  • Technical Compliance File (TCF)
    • Review of technical file according to applicable regulations and standards
  • Labelling and Markings review
  •  Audits
    • Technical, Social, Customized Audits

 

  • Inspection
    • Factory Insp. Services (DUPRO, FRI, IPC)
    • Loading-Unloading Supervision
    • Sample picking

 

Digital Testing

Smart Home

A Smart/Connected Home is a networked home to enable real time interconnection of:

  •  Devices, Services, Apps

For monitoring and home automation (i.e. operation of lighting and home appliances).

 

Combined with previously mentioned services, the full service scope for Smart Home products is completed with:

  • Radio-Wireless services
  • Digital Testing services

USB compliance and certification services (incl. Power delivery)

Radio-wireless:

  • Notified Body Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED)
  • US requirements (FCC)
  • Canada requirements (IC)
  • Japan ordinance regulating radio equipment
  • Australia & New Zealand (RCM Mark)
  • Bluetooth SIG Qualification Services

 

Digital Testing Services

Our laboratories are able to provide complete digital testing solution of these systems via Manual or Automated approach, by means of our test automation solution: TestWizard.

TestWizard, by Eurofins
  • Functional: Verification of correct functioning of each component or the complete system.
  • Compatibility: Verification on a set of devices (eg: a range of smartphones and tablets) of the correct functioning of component or complete system.
  • Interoperability: Testing for the correct functioning of specific components or the complete system with other components (eg: a mobile app or a component from a 3rd party).
  • Performance & Stability: The performance and stability of single components or the complete system is measured by automated tests.