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The International Electrotechnical Commission, or IEC, produces international standards for a range of electrical goods, including consumer electronics and equipment designed for use in a commercial, industrial or lab setting.
One such set of standards is IEC 61010. These standards provide safety requirements for all electrical equipment designed for use in a laboratory, as a measurement or control system, or devices designed for similar environments.
If you manufacture lab equipment, testing and measurement equipment, an automatic control system or similar device, it’s important to achieve compliance with IEC 61010 before you bring your device to market.
As specialists in IEC testing and certification, we can help you ensure your device meets IEC 61010 standards and passes testing, helping you achieve compliance and certification.
To request a quote for testing your device, talk to our engineering team, or ask any questions about IEC 61010 or similar standards, contact us online or call us at 866-540-5287.
You can also learn more about IEC 61010, including what the standard means for electronic device manufacturers and how you can achieve compliance, below.
What is IEC 61010?
IEC 61010 is one of many standards created by the IEC to make electronic equipment safer, more reliable and easier for people to operate.
As an industry standard, IEC 61010 sets guidelines and minimum performance requirements aimed at electrical devices used in laboratories, for measurement, or for controlling industrial equipment.
These requirements focus on safety. Devices that comply with IEC 61010 meet standards for electrical shock protection, mechanical hazards, and other risks that may put users in harm’s way while operating the device or working in a shared environment.
These factors are assessed using a variety of tests designed to ensure devices work as they should in a range of situations. Testing for IEC 61010 involves checking an electronic device can withstand high voltages, sudden movement, impacts and different temperatures.
It also involves testing an electronic device to ensure it offers proper insulation resistance, that it’s properly grounded, and other factors that help to reduce safety risks for end users.
The IEC 61010 standard covers a range of different electrical devices and types of equipment, including the following:
- Medical devices and equipment
- Electrical equipment used in medical labs
- Testing and measurement instruments and devices
- Electronic control systems and devices
- Industrial process control equipment
- Other electrical laboratory equipment
Other types of equipment not listed above may also be subject to IEC 61010 standards if they are designed for use in a lab environment, for measurement, or for industrial control.
What IEC 61010 Means for Device Manufacturers
Complying with IEC 61010 is important if you manufacture devices that fall under the standard’s scope. Achieving compliance is important for demonstrating that your device is safe, which can have a significant impact on its perception within your market and industry.
As a manufacturer, achieving compliance with IEC 61010 signals that you take safety seriously and have a commitment to producing high quality electrical devices.
Furthermore, IEC 61010 is an important part of regulatory compliance in many markets. Many countries require this standard, or use harmonized standards that are similar to IEC 61010 to determine market access for electrical devices.
How to Achieve IEC 61010 Compliance for Your Device
Understand the IEC 61010 Standard
The first step towards achieving IEC 61010 compliance is understanding the standard. As with other IEC standards, IEC 61010 is frequently updated and revised to account for technological and industrial process changes.
As specialists in IEC compliance, our team can help you to understand IEC 61010, the effects the standard may have on your device design, and minimum performance requirements you’ll need to prioritize during product design and development.
Product Design and Development
Once you’re familiar with the IEC 61010 standard and its requirements for your device, it’s best to integrate these requirements into your design process as early as possible.
Designing and engineering your device with compliance in mind from the beginning lowers your risk of needing to make costly last-minute design changes. It also simplifies the testing process, as you’ll be able to plan for the necessary tests ahead of time.
Carrying Out Testing & Documentation
Testing is a vital part of achieving compliance with any standard, including IEC 61010. In order to achieve compliance and certify your device as IEC 61010 compliant, you’ll need to work with an accredited testing lab to have its performance measured and assessed.
As experienced specialists in electrical device compliance testing, we can complete IEC 61010 testing for your device and prepare the documentation you need to achieve certification.
If your device fails testing, our engineering team can also provide actionable recommendations to help you make design adjustments to successfully pass testing and achieve compliance.
Contact Us for Help With IEC 61010 Testing & Compliance
We specialize in helping electrical device manufacturers test their devices and comply with IEC, EN, FCC and other standards and regulations.
As an accredited testing laboratory, we can complete IEC 61010 testing for your device and help you acquire certification, granting you market access and demonstrating that your device meets the industry standards for safety.
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