Understanding The New Low Voltage Directive

A new European Directive will provide greater protection for users of electrical equipment across a wide range of consumer and professional products, including power supply units and components such as fuses. The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU came into force on 20 April 2016, replacing Directive 2006/95/EC. It provides detailed and in-depth guidance around the placing of electrical equipment within certain voltage boundaries.

Rittal have developed a Guide (`The New Low Voltage Directive`) to the Standard outlining the new features and requirements. This Guide provides information and a brief understanding of 2014/35/EC.  It looks at what is new in the directive, what it means for panel builders and switchgear manufacturers, and what they can do to comply Including:

•    Ensure technical documentation is in the language the destination country of the product

•    Fulfil the requirements of the applicable product standard

•    Prepare a risk analysis

•    Remedy potential risks and provide a safety data sheet

The use and application of European Standards EN 61439 or EN 60204 will make the risk analyses far easier to prepare simply because, by implementing the technical measures of these standards along with the measures taken by testing them, risks are automatically reduced.

Downloard the Guide at http://www.rittal.com/uk-en/content/en/support/downloads/Downloads.jsp?category=5&language=1&page=1.

Rittal can offer further guidance around the LVD as required. For example, `The Introduction to the Application of IEC 61439` seminar is just one of a suite of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars designed to provide support to  industry professionals.   Each seminar has been reviewed and assessed by the Chartered Institute of Building Engineers (CIBSE), to ensure the technical content is of a high standard. Further information at http://www.rittal.co.uk or on twitter @rittal_ltd.


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NEW: Rittal Roof-Mounted Fans

The new range of roof-mounted fans which deliver superior efficiency, flexibility, protection and ease of use have just been launched by Rittal.

The new range is designed to reduce the costs associated with operation, installa-tion and maintenance while better protecting the installed equipment that they are required to cool.

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Running costs are reduced as radial fans, together with optimised air routing, serve to maximise the installed air throughput and minimise energy consumption.  The fan performs effectively against pressure in a housing that has been developed to reduce resistance to air flow to a minimum.

Despite an air path with low resistance, the fans can protect the components inside the panel to an ingress protection (IP) category of IP 55.

The entire range, which includes a passive vent and models that provide uninstalled air throughputs of 500 m³/h, 800 m³/h and 1,000 m³/h, utilises a single housing and hence a single cut-out, offering the flexibility to fit any unit to a single roof panel.  What’s more, the fans with the largest air throughput incorporate electronically commutated (EC) motors to further improve efficiency.

Mounting and filter replacement is quick and easy, thanks to a number of key innovations.  These include a clamping mechanism that allows the fans to be fitted from either inside or outside the enclosure; quarter-turn fixings that permit access to the filters;  and a plug terminal electrical connection.  Collectively these design features help keep installation and maintenance costs to a minimum.

Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.