Advanced Energy is excited to announce that it has recently been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Certification Body. This achievement signifies that Advanced Energy meets the requirements outlined in ISO/IEC 17065 for organizations that certify products, processes and services, and that it can now certify electric motors and small electric motors for efficiency as designated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
The most widely used methods for earning electric motor efficiency compliance include testing motors in a lab accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) with self-certification, or using an approved third-party, nationally recognized Certification Program. Compliance and regular documented maintenance of motor efficiency are required to legally distribute covered products in commerce in the U.S.
In 1997, Advanced Energy’s motor lab became the first in the world to obtain NVLAP designation, and it remains the only such independent lab in North America. Over the years, Advanced Energy has assisted many motor manufacturers with self-certification utilizing its NVLAP-accredited lab. By attaining accreditation as a Certification Body, Advanced Energy is now able to assist manufacturers with certifying electric motors and small electric motors through both its own NVLAP-accredited lab and other qualified third-party test facilities.
Advanced Energy’s recognition as a Certification Body demonstrates the company’s experience in and commitment to motor testing and its capacity to manage a certification system. This achievement will also open up new business opportunities. Rather than manufacturers shipping motors to Advanced Energy’s NVLAP-accredited lab for testing, which can create a bottleneck during busy periods, Advanced Energy will be able to qualify other labs to perform testing for compliance.
“With the DOE considering increased independence in motor testing and potentially removing manufacturer self-certification, we want to be ready and nimble to address a market response,” said Kitt Butler, director of business development at Advanced Energy. “At the same time, we believe attaining Certification Body status will help our other business units who are overseeing quality processes in grid interconnection, residential construction and electric vehicle planning.”
Advanced Energy’s registered mark for its certification services is shown above.