Establish a collaboration between different laboratories is not always easy, much less immediate. Often, indeed, is the competition to prevail making it almost impossible any cooperation.
The 6 March 2018, at the graduate seminar on electrified furniture products, Sicom Testing and TASTING have shown, But, that work can. The two laboratories, indeed, They have signed an agreement to offer a complete service for everything related to the electrified furniture.
Sicom Testing It is a specialized laboratory in tests of electromagnetic compatibility and safety of electrical and electronic equipment.
If the occupancy CATA, instead, of all mechanical and chemical tests with a very long experience in the furniture industry electrified.
Dr. Andrea Giavon, its director, He has been participating as Italian representative in the international standardization groups in the industry.
The combined resources of Sicom Testing and CATAS has been active for several months but, with the agreement, It assumes a more structured conformation and especially more immediate to the final customer.
The mobile manufacturing companies will interface with a single platform where they will find the services of both laboratories.
It is no coincidence that the agreement was signed during the seminar Application of the Machinery Directive, CE marking, electromagnetic compatibility.
The collaboration between Sicom Testing and CATAS, indeed, has as main objective the safety of manufacturers and end customers.
The electrified furniture, Perhaps the most revolutionary invention and useful in the furniture industry (just think electrified chairs that improve the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people, to cite one example) They are rightly subjected to strict EC regulations.
If not properly tested can cause unpleasant, and dangerous, domestic accidents with serious damage to the user and to the manufacturer.
In a conference held on 14 September, at the headquarters of Catas having as topic The safety of the furniture product: risk analysis, the Dr. Andrea Giavon It was very clear in explaining the different types of risk.
“In the analysis phase” he had explained “we must consider the normal use but also abnormal, but to be expected.
For example an armchair, Although designed for a single person, Sometimes hosts two or even three, crosswise or on the arm.
In the example cited, the reversal can be caused by excessive load or structural collapse with very serious consequences for the parties involved”.
Here too is the manufacturer accountable before the law.
During the seminar the 6 March, held by Dr. Roberto Passini, Sicom Testing Director, It was raised another issue of fundamental importance: appliances. We quote some extracts directly to the doctor's speech.
“All appliances fall under the family of harmonized standards EN 60335.
They are rather strict rules because the home environment in Europe and in the world is the most dangerous environment where take place the highest percentage of serious and fatal accidents, more than on the road, more than in the workplace.
Domestic environment untrained, children, seniors use equipment of all kinds exposed to various dangers. And we must also take account of newborns, the disabled and pets ...”.
From the words of Dr. Roberto Passini shows a fundamental concept: Also improper, or otherwise made by non-experts, to be prevented.
Admittedly a great credit to European technical working groups for the drafting of directives, guides the implementation of Directives, the harmonized standards and technical standards.
The purpose of the guidelines is not punitive, but to help the producers and the European market.
The application of standards and guidelines is mandatory and creates an easy path that provides access to the entire European market while contributing in concrete terms to the quality of products.
The collaboration between two realities so well structured and experienced as CATAS and Sicom Testing is the right way to give final consumers, and manufacturers, furniture safe in any situation and use.
It seems fair to conclude deepening these two important realities.
Catas is reality more important at European level with regard to chemical analysis, physical and mechanical testing of materials, components and products used in the sectors of wood, Interior design and construction.
It has two operation centers, San Giovanni al Natisone (Out) and Lissone (Mb), equipped with excellent art laboratories and the best technicians.
Sicom Testing It is a test lab, certification, electrical products, electronic and radio products.
It has experience in this specific field testing of motorized furniture components, certification of components for the illuminazionw and furnishing components for medical use.
Everyday, in the two locations of Trieste and San Canzian d'Isonzo, They highly trained technicians ensure that the introduction of electrified products on the market is easy, fast and safe.
Prevention is better than cure, He teaches us the wisdom, and we are confident that when two laboratories combine their knowledge, resources and their tools, surely we will all be a bit 'safer.