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Middle East, Turkey, Southeast Asia and South America accord - ing to both IEC 61439 standards and GE’s own stringent quality requirements. Additionally, DEKRA is involved in Industrial Solutions’ panel builder program, which grants partners rights to produce and sell low-voltage equipment in local markets according to GE guidelines. “Our panel building partners are audited and certified by DEKRA, assuring sustainable product quality and opening the door to new markets with the KEMA-KEUR certification mark,” explained Hoedemans. “Our successful collaboration with DEKRA gives international customers the confidence that Industrial Solutions’ products meet critical requirements and creates a competitive advantage for GE.” DEKRA delivers SEN Plus expertise to GE “We’ve been working with SEN Plus for many years and know the system and its adaptations inside out,” said Kasper Nijkamp, business manager, DEKRA. “SEN Plus is a modular system that can be built in various ways. As we’ve tested these configurations, there are a wide range of systems that can now be marketed with the claim ‘fully type tested.’ We also offer additional testing for companies interested in new or different configurations.” Most SEN Plus tests are carried out in DEKRA’s laboratory; however some testing is completed on a customer’s premises. DEKRA’s global coverage also enables GE’s Industrial Solutions business to broaden certification to local GE customers. New lab offers advanced testing capabilities Most of GE’s low-volume equipment products are tested in DEKRA’s new Arnhem, Netherlands-based laboratory, which offers facilities to test various product characteristics and employees with deep market expertise. Kasper Nijkamp explains: “The new test lab enables us to replicate the most extreme temperature, dust and water tightness conditions. For example, we have an area in which we can raise the ambient temperature to a stable 50°C for the duration of the test. This temperature control enables us to test GE’s panels to ensure they will continue working properly in extreme heat. Additionally, in the dust test, panels are exposed to a large volume of dust for eight hours and then checked to determine if dust penetrated the housing. We also have a state-of-the-art facility for testing water tightness in which a system is placed on a revolving platform and sprayed with water. These advanced facilities enable us to offer customers 15 even more certainty.” “Further extending our relationship, we’re now involved in new product development, working closely with GE’s research and development center,” said Nijkamp. “Being involved in the creat ion of a new product allows us to share our know-how at an early stage and leverages the benefits of our new test laboratory.” Backed by DEKRA’s innovative and proven testing methods, GE’s Industrial Solutions business can better meet global customer and panel builder demands for reliable, comprehensive lowvoltage systems that help prevent unplanned downtime, improve productivity and lower operating costs. Kasper Nijkamp, business manager, DEKRA: “We can replicate the most extreme conditions in our test lab”


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