Mettler-Toledo Garvens’s checkweighers have now received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 508A listing guaranteeing automatic compliance with stringent US fire safety legislation as well as the country’s National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) voluntary 70 and 79 guidelines.
Food, beverage and pharmaceutical manufacturers looking to expand into US and international markets can now harmonize their global production lines by sourcing checkweighing technology that meets local safety standards, while ensuring compliance with international regulations.
This will enable them to benefit from the same high precision weighing technology across all facilities whilst safeguarding the welfare of employees.
UL is an independent global organization based in the US that inspects manufacturing technology, such as Mettler-Toledo Garvens’s checkweighers, for fire safety approval.
Approved by the US federal agency Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the company also performs safety testing on industrial and domestic equipment.
UL 508A deals specifically with fire safety for industrial control panels (IPCs) ensuring the risk of fire is minimal. The fire safety listing requires the use of insulating materials in manufacturing equipment, such as checkweighers, and stipulates that the control panel and power supply meet the design criteria described by OSHA.
The receipt of UL 508A listing means that Mettler-Toledo Garvens has demonstrated that the control panel on its checkweighers has been assembled according to specific construction and production principles, including the use of insulation to shield production line operatives from the unlikely event of an electric shock.
The listing also requires that sufficient overcurrent protection is included in checkweigher control panels to minimize damage to the machine and harm to operatives from power surges.
“All the time we see new regulations coming into effect to which manufacturers must adhere to ensure optimum safety for their employees”, explained Kerstin Bernhart, Marketing Manager, Mettler-Toledo Garvens.
Bernhart continued, “Mettler-Toledo Garvens is dedicated to ensuring its technology always complies with the latest safety standards to help manufacturers protect their staff and production line from the harm and damage caused by fire, helping to maintain profits and grow their business”.