Monday, June 21, 2010

Hazardous certification achieved

Moore Industries acquires CSA Hazardous Location Certifications on new signal conditioners and alarm trip

Moore Industries has certified two of the company’s newest product lines through CSA International, receiving cCSAus Hazardous Location certificates for miniMOORE™ Multi-Channel Signal Conditioners and FS Functional Safety Series STA Safety Trip Alarms.

The miniMOORE and STA products all received General Location and Non-Incendive approval per CSA for Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C & D.

Products certified for the miniMOORE product line of multi-channel signal conditioners include the 2-channel MIT and MIX Signal Isolator/Converters with switch-selectable inputs, and the 4-channel MIX with 4-20mA standard input/output.

The STA SIL 2 Compliant Safety Trip Alarm, that is certified IEC 61508 SIL 2 safe by TÜVRheinland, has now received additional Hazardous Location approval by CSA International.

Moore Industries Senior Certification Engineer Christine Whan worked with CSA International to acquire the certifications. “CSA International is wonderful to work with from a technical perspective. Their certification is very well regarded in the US and Canada, and they are expanding internationally as well,” she said. In July 2009, CSA International had acquired British-based SIRA Test and Certification Limited, another world leader in the conformity assessment solutions field. SIRA has been a leader in Hazardous Location certifications for 25 years, and is Britain's leading Notified Body specializing in testing and certification equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

According to Whan, “I enjoy working with CSA for many reasons, but the fact that they have evolved into a comprehensive, global assessment solutions business has strengthened their appeal to Moore Industries.”

Process safety has been greatly emphasized recently. Third-party certifications have become vital as safety considerations have dominated media coverage, and certifying a process has ever increasing importance. According to Moore Industries Director of Engineering, Tina Lockhart, “Moore Industries is committed to providing superior product quality for customers. In many cases, that quality needs to be cemented with a certificate of conformity from an independent, third-party agency.”

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