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Export University 101 in Wilmington NC, April 24-25th


Join the US Commercial Service, NC District Export Council, and TUV Rheinland for 2 days of seminar sessions led by industry professionals who can teach you about exporting your product internationally.

Export University

Herb Hewitt with our TUV Rheinland Raleigh lab will be presenting on Thursday, April 24th at 3:45 on Certification and Standards. (labeling requirements, CE Mark, and RoHS and WEEE Compliance).

Here's a sampling of some of the topics covered by other export professionals:

  • Preparing for Export Success
  • Government Guaranteed Loans for Exporters
  • Managing Payment Risk & Financing the Sale
  • Legal Considerations in Exporting
  • International Sales & Marketing Strategies
  • Building an Overseas Infrastructure and Growing Your International Business
  • And more...

Export University 101 will be held at the:
Coastline Conference & Event Center, 501 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
April 24-25, 2014

To register, click here.



TÜV RHEINLAND PTL Develops new ANSI Standards and Seeks Industry Participation in Working Groups


TÜV Rheinland PTL, a standards developing organization (SDO) for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has successfully initiated the creation of two new American National Standards and is seeking the industry participation in the respective standards working groups. Stakeholders include manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) modules, project investors and developers, utility companies, PV consumers, incentive programs as well as engineering and insurance companies.

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  • TUV-R 71732-01:201X: Qualification PLUS (Q+) Testing for PV Modules - Test and Sampling Requirements
  • TUV-R 71733-01:201X: Quality Management System (QMS) Requirements for PV Manufacturing
Q+ test and sampling requirements go beyond the current qualification testing per the IEC 61215 standard. The objective of the test sequence is to test for degradation losses and reliability failures caused by components (encapsulant, connectors, cables, junction boxes and bypass diodes) and modules (solder bond, ribbon, cells and high system voltages). Qualification testing and certification per IEC 61215 will be the pre- and co-requisite for the Q+ testing and certification.

TUV-R 71733-01:201X describes the QMS requirements specifically for PV module manufacturing. The objective of the QMS certification is to minimize the quality issues specific to the PV module production, such as storage and production environment, supply chain and manufacturing traceability, selection of vendors, incoming inspections of materials and sub-assemblies, routine tests on 100% of the product, burn-in and lot-acceptance tests and a periodic monitoring program. QMS will be the co-requisite for the Q+ testing and certification.

These two standards are primarily based on the two protocols developed by U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and key stakeholders of the industry, click on press release for details.

"When creating Qualification PLUS, we did our best to address known issues and increase statistical sampling without adding unnecessary costs,” said Sarah Kurtz, Ph.D., Principal Scientist and Reliability Group Manager at NREL. “We hope that it will prove useful to customers seeking a higher level of confidence in PV module reliability."

To get involved in TÜV Rheinland’s standards working groups, contact Jerry Novacek, SDO Manager at TÜV Rheinland PTL, at 480-966-1700 or

TÜV Rheinland Conducts Rail Infrastructure Study for a Port of Vancouver USA


Kudos to our experts at TÜV Rheinland Mobility dba TÜV Rheinland Rail Sciences Inc. on a well-executed study at Port Vancouver USA! They evaluated the derailment risk on about 3,000 feet of track exiting a BNSF Railway Co. mainline and entering the Port and found that the risk is very low. The study also recommended a number of safety enhancements that the Port plans to implement in 2015.

The Port of Vancouver USA started the West Vancouver Freight Access project in 2007 to create jobs and improve economic outlook. The Port has invested in freight rail infrastructure to improve the ability to move freight not only through the port but also along the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad mainlines that connect the Pacific Northwest to major rail hubs in Chicago and Houston, and from Canada to Mexico. Projected to reduce current delays in rail traffic by as much as 40 percent, the project will lower costs for U.S. manufacturers and farmers, making them more competitive in global markets.

TÜV Rheinland Mobility’s other railroad testing services feature programs for addressing all components of railway technology, including materials analysis, component evaluations, and failure analysis.

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Read more about the Port of Vancouver USA study in Progressive Railroading Magazine.


TÜV Rheinland's ZigBee Test Tool Named ECN IMPACT Award Finalist!

TÜV Rheinland’s ZigBee® test harness tool is a finalist in the Test and Measurement category of ECN Magazine’s ECN IMPACT Awards, which recognize excellence and groundbreaking innovation in design engineering. Winners representing the top products and services across 18 categories will be announced at the EDS show in Las Vegas on May 6.  Impact
ZigBee test harness tool consists of software running on a personal computer that connects to a dongle on a USB stick, connected to a USB port. The USB stick incorporates a ZigBee compliant platform enabling the computer to emulate various ZigBee profiles and interact with a device under test.  describe the image

The major benefit of the test tool for manufacturers of ZigBee devices is that they can pre-test and de-bug their products in the development phase prior to submitting the items for certification. This ensures the product passes the third-party testing the first time, minimizing the possibility of failure and the need for fine-tuning the device to comply with the standard, reducing costs and speeding time to market. The test harness is capable of running automatic scripts for interoperability, compliance and functionality of various ZigBee devices. It has built-in automatic tests for almost every ZigBee cluster, including Smart Energy, Building Automation, Home Automation, Health, Remote Control (RF4CE), and Light Link, which is gaining popularity everywhere around the globe with LED technology.

“The test harness tool enables a laptop to become a back-office test lab device and requires minimal training to produce consistent and repeatable test scenarios,” said Stefan Kischka, Vice President, Electrical, TÜV Rheinland Group. “Our engineers use the harness tool to certify compliance in a test lab, and we give our customers the same access to this advanced technology.”

For more information about TÜV Rheinland, visit For more information on the award, visit the ECN IMPACT Awards 2014.

Global Compliance Seminar in Seattle--April 24th


International Approvals, EMC, Radio Approvals, RoHS2, REACH, and More

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TÜV Rheinland is hosting a free 7.5 hour Global Compliance Seminar on Thursday, April 24th. Professionals involved in legal placement of products in global markets, including marketing, compliance and engineering staff, are invited to attend. We will discuss global certification planning and management, updates on regulatory changes in key countries, EMC and radio/wireless approval, RoHS2, WEEE2, and REACH Compliance and more.

The presenters will be Lina Kwee, Manager, Market Access Group, Oliver Moyrong, EMC Operations Manager, Geoffrey Bock, Sr. Business Manager, Environmental Services, and Sam Tsoming, Deputy team Leader, US Commercial Service.

Seattle Global Compliance Seminar---FREE

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time: 8:30-4:00pm (includes handouts, refreshments, and lunch)

Place: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle WA

Register today!


Which Standard to Choose for EMC Testing of 3D Printers


By Bruce Fagley, Technical Manager – EMC

describe the image  In the US, EMC testing requirements for 3D printers are in accordance with the FCC Part 15 rules, either class “A” or Class “B,” depending on the intended market.  The requirement is valid for all locations of use: from home to industrial use, and the testing covers both radiated and conducted emissions.

In Canada, the EMC requirements are found in ICES-003 issue 5 and are valid for all locations of use. 

In the EU, 3D printers require CE marking, which somewhat complicates the choice of EMC standards.  The standard choice depends on the location of intended use, not always the type of product. Keep in mind that the 3D printer can be a type of industrial robot, not a traditional printer, so it is not always appropriate to use EMC standards EN 55022 & EN 55024 for the ITE equipment. 

For 3D printers used in a home and commercial office environment, you can use either EN 55022 and EN 55024 or EN 61000-6-1 & EN 61000-6-3. For 3D printers used in a factory or industrial environment, we recommend that EN 61326-1 or EN 61000-6-2 and EN 61000-6-4 be used for CE EMC compliance.

In the EU, when CE marking, 3D printers connected to the public AC mains (home and some commercial markets) are required to comply with EN 61000-3-2 for harmonics and EN 61000-3-3 for flicker. The flicker standard has specific requirements for "laser printers and similar devices" that Pit (long-term flicker) be measured in a standby mode. If the product is not conisdered a "printer" then Pit would be mesaured in operating mode. Given the 3D printer is a type of industrial robot, and may not always be classified as a "printer", we recommend testing Pit in the operating mode. Industrial 3D printers are usually isolated from the public mains and therefore do not need harmonics and flicker testing.

TUV Rheinland offers EMC testing of 3D printers, from small home-use units to large industrial machines. Our mobile EMC lab can test a large, built-in-place industrial system right on your site. Questions? Email me at or call 203-426-0888 ext. 4119.

ISO 9001:2015 - All About Risk Prevention


About every five years, Technical Committee 176 must review and update the ISO 9000 standards to ensure they remain relevant to current business models and accommodate new technologies. Each update effort generates a certain amount of anxiety among companies as they ponder about changes they may need to implement into their systems. In November 2012, Working Group 24 completed a review of ISO 9001:2008 and submitted a draft of the updated standard, slated to be published in 2015, for review to the ISO members. The new revision is likely to introduce some significant changes, including “softened” design and “hardened” process approach elements.

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To help you prepare for the changes, our ISO 9001 expert has put together a short whitepaper on what you need to know about ISO 9001:2015. To learn more download our whitepaper today!

TÜV Rheinland IT Security Congress Scheduled for May in Germany


The quaint German town of Fürstenfeldbruck, just outside of Munich in Bavaria will be the location of the Face the Future of IT SecurITy Congress on May 21 and 22. Featuring more than 20 presentations and six different workshops, C-level, executive and other IT decision-makers from large- and medium-sized companies, organizations and governments will meet to discuss and learn about current trends, innovative solutions and practical strategies relating to information security.

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Presented in English, workshops cover such areas as:

  • Managing information security and compliance
  • IT security solutions in operation and practice
  • Control and analysis of information security
  • IT security in industry and research
  • Current trends in information security

Speakers include a number of internationally renowned experts in cyber security from businesses, government and academia, and a number of providers of innovative solutions for the most urgent information security issues will be exhibiting their products and services.


Included as a speaker will be Mark Wireman, Software Risk Center of Excellence Director for OpenSky TÜV Rheinland Group, a new business group that was created when TUV Rheinland acquired OpenSky Corporation in January 2014.

OpenSky provides information technology expertise to help corporations reduce IT costs, protect information assets and accelerate the adoption of strategic technologies. It specializes in transformational IT infrastructure, security and compliance consulting.

 Mark Wireman- Featured Speaker at IT Security Congress in Germany  

For more information and to register, visit



LED Lighting Webinars Scheduled for this Spring



TUV Rheinland's certification experience offers a wide variety of LED Lighting testing services, inlcuding: global market access, environmental testing, and EMC and product safety.


Attend our free LED Lighting webinar series and learn how you can get your LED products to market faster and more efficiently.


All webinars will be held at 2:00pm EDT

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April 3, International Approvals--LED Lighting

Presented by Lina Kwee and Sagar Patel

  • Compliance Pitfalls: What to Avoid
  • Global Compliance Preparedness - Are you Ready?

May 5, Green Services--LED Lighting

Presented by Geoffrey Bock and Sagar Patel

  • RoHS2 Ready LED Lighting
  • LEDs as an Article under REACH Legislation

June 18, Product Safety, EMC -- LED Lighting

Presented by Bruce Fagley and Sagar Patel

  • EMC, EMF & Product Safety Standards for lighting products.
  • How can I avoid failures?

Register today!

New Product Description Requirements for Safety Approvals Resolution 92/98 for Electric products

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Effective immediately, The Argentinian Government has informed us that any new Argentina  S mark certificate being issued that mentions a” power supply or adaptor” must also include a description of the product it is connected to.   General definitions such as household equipment or telecommunication equipment will not be authorized.  Listed below are a few examples of how it should be mentioned on the certificate.

  • Power supply for a mobile phone
  • Power supply for a laptop computer, DVD player, tablets, etc...

The quantity of end products to be mentioned on the certificate will not be restricted.   The model , trademark, and technical characteristics of the end product will not be mentioned. 

All certification bodies in this region must adhere to this ruling.

We have some upcoming IA Webinars. To learn more or to register: Please click here.

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