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TRaC announced as first ZigBee Light Link test house

Leading global testing and compliance consultancy TRaC Global has announced today it has been appointed as the first test house validated by the ZigBee Alliance to conduct ZigBee Light Link™ testing for the ZigBee Certified product program.

TRaC CTO - Telecoms appointed as Vice-Chair of HomeGrid Forum’s Certification and Interoperability workgroup

TRaC Global has announced that one of its senior technical team has been appointed as the vice-chair of one of the HomeGrid Forum’s technical workgroups.

Windmilling on a V8 Shaker

‘Windmilling’ vibration can occur  in a Turbo fan engine,  when there is excessive engine in balance due to loss of a fan blade, for example a bird strike.

TRaC hosts Radio Approval Requirements Seminar

The complimentary seminar was held in Newbury, Thatcham on 29th February 2012. The seminar provided invaluable insight into bringing products to market as quickly as possible, assisting manufacturers with information about the rigorous type approval testing and certification.

MET accredited test laboratory at Hull

TRaC Global is pleased to announce its 2nd MET accredited test laboratory at Hull. This further extends and strengthens it partnership agreement with MET Labs. Further, it is now accredited to conduct UL22 certification for amusement and gaming machines right here in the UK.

ZigBee testing - the Default Response issue

As a ZigBee recognised test house we do a lot of certification testing of ZigBee products. One problem that we see repeatedly within the devices we test is the incorrect processing of the Default Response bit within the ZCL frame control header of an incoming frame.

TRaC and MET offer harmonised international EX testing

Two of the world's leading bodies in the field of certification of products for operation in potentially explosive atmospheres (“ATEX”, “IECEx” and “Hazloc” certification) have announced a unique cooperative agreement that will deliver a harmonised certification service offering covering European, North American and International markets.

ZigBee testing – the Default Response issue

As a ZigBee recognised test house we do a lot of certification testing of ZigBee products. One problem that we see repeatedly within the devices we test is the incorrect processing of the Default Response bit within the ZCL frame control header of an incoming frame.

How Radio impacts our lives

It recently occurred to me how often we come across RF connected devices in our day to day life.  Consider a typical day:

Automotive v Electrotechnical – The Standards Battle Lines are being drawn up

You cannot have failed to notice that there is a lot of activity in the world of Electromobility. This is the term for all facets of electric vehicles and the associated chargers and infrastructure. The current work is moving forward at two levels – strategic policy and test standards.

No more interference!

I stumbled upon a section of the OFCOM website the other day and noticed that OFCOM no longer accept interference complaints from individuals or consumers – this has now been passed exclusively to the BBC and is essentially a web-based process that is followed to identify and resolve interference issues.

Certifying the Certification Houses

Many of our customers are surprised when we tell them that TRaC is affected by certifications and standards, even though we don’t sell products. The EMC directive, however, addresses both apparatus and installations, and as our EMC testing chambers are installations, they need to meet EMC regulations!

Meeting MET

Recently I gave two presentations at our North American Partner, MET Laboratories, annual customer appreciation seminar in Baltimore.

How the CE mark affects product design

Looking at the sleek electronic product that you’ve just bought and wondering why design has improved so much?

Safety standards can impact many aspects of product design, and can even lead to improved aesthetics! Here are my top 5 examples of how the CE mark has affected product design:

The impact of the new legislative framework on CE marking

This post is by Steve Hayes, EMC & Safety Managing Director, TRaC The New Legislative Framework (NLF) became effective on 1st January 2010 and has received a lot of publicity about its requirement for Member States to increase compliance with legislation by implement

FCC Certification: The cost of making assumptions

The FCC recently imposed a $10,000.00 fine on a company that was selling a wireless remote control in the USA that didn’t have FCC approval.

Low energy is best for health and fitness devices

Smartphones are becoming smarter and this is increasingly being recognised by the medical community.

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