Industrial enclosure testing against recognized standards ensures that the enclosure you select will do the job in real-world conditions. To develop custom products or packaging, testing can delay projects unless a rapid turnaround is achieved – still meeting stringent standards -. Chris Lloyd, Managing Director at Spelsberg UK, explains the advantages of internal testing of canister selectors. Whether an industrial enclosure protects a fire safety circuit or maintains production in the factory, its structural integrity is of the utmost importance. Ensuring that the enclosure can meet the required performance is limited to testing and that the most important organizations governing and issuing safety and conformity standards in the industrial enclosure are VDE and UL. The German organization VDE, together with DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, are issuing the German version of European standards, referred to as DIN EN. Meanwhile, UL is an American safety standard that certifies products are in compliance with American standards with cUL covering Canadian tests. VDE and UL markings not only indicate durable and reliable enclosure, they also signify recognition of world-class standards. All reputable industrial sellers obtain internationally recognized standards for safety and conformity. Nevertheless, Spelsberg is nearly unique among container manufacturers by hosting its in-house certified testing facility that is authorized to certify its enclosures to UL and VDE / DIN EN standards. To ensure full compliance, the laboratory is audited by both organizations on an annual basis. Spelsberg’s internal laboratory tests and certifies packaging for all industry classifications required for the most demanding applications, from electrical insulation to standards that ensure protection against entry, impact and temperature. Specific tests, such as the fire resistance of Lifeline WKE attachments, are also being performed in-house in the Spelsberg lab. With an emphasis on achieving high levels of case protection and safety, the advantage of VDE and UL on-site accredited testing laboratory is the speed of developing new products. New products are created in a semi-continuous cycle, relying repeatedly on specific customer requirements to meet the needs of a specific application. Whether the new product is an update to an existing container model, such as a new size or housing with pre-assembled replacement fittings, or a new model that provides a fresh solution to a customer’s challenge, all case variants must be tested. It takes time to send attachments away for testing, and for the customer this can mean a typical minimum wait of several weeks to several months to complete the approval process, depending on the type of test. The benefit of internal testing means that a new container can be quickly brought to market to meet the project deadline, rather than having to select less suitable but nonetheless available housing. For customers who require specially designed containers, the need for a faster testing and certification process is even more important. Spelsberg’s combined knowledge of casing and testing manufacturing means detailed design that meets testing requirements, meaning there’s a greater likelihood of getting certified for the first time. Combined with the faster approval process provided by on-site testing and certification, this brings about a much faster time to market. For high volume OEMs, this can lead to or break business success by ensuring market achievement first; Likewise, for one-time high-value projects, rapid facility delivery can mean just-in-time delivery or delay of the entire project. Of course, internal testing also means lower product price, both for standard products and custom designs, as the facility investment and high product productivity enables Spelsberg to save cost. Even if timescale is not a deciding factor, the next time you select a container, verifying that the manufacturer provides on-site testing can help reduce the cost of your project. Visit the Spelsberg UK website for the full range of products and solutions offered.