IIoT technologies reach deep into essential industrial processes – right down to the component level – none arguably more important than Industrial Control Panels (ICPs). As vital components used to operate equipment and systems in a wide range of industrial environments, ICPs enable the safe functioning of equipment. Industrial machinery, control panels, factory automation equipment, cranes, elevators, compressors, industrial heating systems, oil & gas burning equipment, and traffic light systems are examples of equipment that utilize ICPs. And as with any electrical equipment – particularly in light of the increasing functionality of ICPs to include possible remote control capabilities – ICP compliance with specific safety requirements is critical.
In North America, approval to begin operating equipment that utilizes ICPs depends on the approval of the Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in addition to safety compliance. To keep your productivity on track, it is smart to ensure that your ICP meets safety requirements before your AHJ inspection.
CSA Group’s ICP specialists can help you confirm compliance with U.S., Canadian, and European safety standards and code requirements including:
- UL 508A
- CSA C22.2 No. 14
- CSA C22.2 No. 286
- SPE-1000 Model Code
- National Electrical Code (NEC)
- IEC 60947
- IEC 60204
- IEC 61439-1/-2
- EU Directives (EMC, Low Voltage, Machinery, RED, and ATEX directives)
Guiding you through ICP Evaluation Options
CSA Group offers a variety of evaluation programs to verify that control panel products comply with applicable standards for and understanding your options is the first step in choosing the solution that best meets your business needs.
Are you a mass producer of fixed-design ICPs? Our model certification is your best option for confirming product compliance. This common path starts with either submission of samples for safety and performance testing to one of our state-of-the-art laboratories or testing of your sample at your location. If your samples comply with the requirements of the applicable standards and codes, a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) is issued and all products you produce of the same design may display the CSA mark.
Special Industrial Control Panel (SICP) Shop Program
Are flexibility and control over how and when your products enter the market important to your business? Do you produce moderate quantities of individual or custom design ICPs for ordinary locations? If so, then our panel shop program is an ideal option. We will assess and certify your general panel design principles, production facilities, and quality systems, as well as train and assess your personnel as part of the evaluation process. Upon successful completion, your production facility is designated a “certified panel shop” and you are authorized to apply the CSA mark to all panels produced within the negotiated scope of the program. In contrast to some other testing organizations, CSA Group accepts components evaluated and certified by other NRTLs when we evaluate your ICP. This can expand your selection of qualified components, increasing design and supply chain flexibility.
Special Industrial Control Panel Program for Hazardous Locations (SICPHL)
CSA Group’s Special Industrial Control Panel Program for Hazardous Locations (SICPHL) is available to manufacturers who already qualify under the SICP ordinary locations program. The SICPHL program provides additional safety evaluations to confirm your compliance with requirements for specified hazardous locations. The program also enables you to access global markets, giving you the flexibility you need to compete internationally. It does so by using the flameproof concept for custom build panels that need to meet IECEx/ATEX requirements for Zones 1 and 2. Any panel utilizing a suitably certified flameproof enclosure can be customized within certain parameters, while still being certified for IECEx or ATEX.
Field Evaluation (FE)
Do you produce ICPs in very limited quantities, or even produce single specialized panels for an individual installation? FE is your most practical option. Known as Special Inspections in Canada, this evaluation can be performed at the point of manufacture, an interim point of distribution, at the final installation site, in a CSA Group facility, or in a combination of locations.
Do you produce a set quantity of ICPs intended for use in HazLoc? Field certification – a certification service for a specific number of units per onsite inspection – is your best option. This option is applicable when ongoing production surveillance is not required because only the product available at the time of the evaluation may be labeled with the serialized field certification label.
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