How is Field Evaluation Performed?
Field Evaluation is performed by examining electrical equipment according to the Canadian Electrical Code, CSA SPE 1000, and all other Part 2 Standards as may be necessary. The evaluation and testing can be performed on-site where the machine will be used or in the manufacturing facility where the machine is made. The facility could be located anywhere in the world. The machine will be tested for electrical, shock, fire and mechanical safety hazards. A report of the machine is produced that details critical components and the results of the testing that was performed. If the machine passes, a label is placed on the machine allowing it to be used in the Canadian marketplace, if it has failed, the report will detail what the problem is and give you time to remove the hazard. After the hazard has been removed the inspector will examine the machine to be sure it is now safe and then label it. Typical testing includes Dielectric Withstand Tests to insure electrical insulation is adequate. Leakage Current Tests to ensure there is not too much current leaking to grounded metal that could shock a person. Fire Tests to ensure that if a fire were to happen in you facility, this machine will not help a fire propagate through highly flammable unapproved plastics being present. Stability Tests and other examinations to ensure there are no undue mechanical hazards present. Temperature Tests to ensure the equipment is not designed in a way that allows heat to build-up in the machine leading to an electrical fire that could destroy your facility and put life in danger. The machine is also visually examined and parts cataloged on the report ensuring that the electrical components used were correct and have the necessary electrical ratings. Your equipment may not need all tests to be performed, the inspector will determine which are necessary and perform only those at the time of inspection.