Components Approved for Use in Unattended Household Appliances
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Santa Rosa, CA, 95403
Press release date: September 13, 2013
Insulation materials meet additional glow wire tests as outlined in IEC 60335-1, 4th edition
Santa Rosa, California — SCHURTER is pleased to announce an assortment of its most popular components for use in unattended household appliances, according to IEC 60335-1, 4th edition. Experience has shown that unattended appliances in particular tend to self-ignite when components fail, causing fires in the process. To ensure even better fire protection in unattended electrical household appliances, the latest edition expands on the requirements for components used for insulating or mounting live components whose current exceeds 0.2 Amps. Specifically, the plastic material is required to meet more demanding glow wire tests as outlined in IEC 60695-2-12 & 13. A flammability index test, which corresponds to UL 94, is conducted using a glow wire; additionally the materials' ignition behaviour is glow wire tested to establish a self-ignition temperature.
Types of unattended appliances are defined in Part 2 of 60335-2-xx, which basically says that appliances with unattended controllers such as timers, software programs and remotes, are subject to the more stringent tests in order to obtain safety agency approval. Examples of such appliances are dishwashers, ranges and ovens, washing machines and portable cooking appliances.
SCHURTER's assortment of products consists of open and closed fuseholders according to IEC 60127-6, as well as standard inlets and outlets according to IEC 60320. The material change meets the enhanced glow wire requirements yet does not affect the form, fit or function of the product. A suffix .15 is used to call out the enhanced versions.
Download White Paper: Components and IEC 60335-1 for further details about this subject including information about the IEC 60335-1, 4th edition test method set up and process. For a list of available products and detailed datasheets visit: www.schurterinc.com. Enter glow wire in the search box.
About SCHURTER Inc.
SCHURTER is a progressive innovator and manufacturer of Circuit Protection, Connectors, Switches, and EMC Products to the electronic and electrical industries worldwide. SCHURTER's three divisions: Components, Input Systems and Electronic Manufacturing services are formed to provide customer specific products and services, which focus on clean and safe supply of power and making equipment easier to use. These core competencies bring a high degree of innovation to SCHURTER's main markets IT / Telecom, Medical, Space and Renewable Energy.
SCHURTER meets its customers' highest demands through certified quality, environmental and safety management systems including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and highly developed processes (Six Sigma method). Excellent services are upheld through the consistent application of an all encompassing quality management system.
SCHURTER Inc., Santa Rosa, California is the exclusive North America sales and distribution office for the SCHURTER Group.