|MET Labs Completes Validation of the TDM Conformance Tester for Testing Tolling Tags and Readers - Monday, July 20, 2015|
MET Laboratories, a leading independent test lab, announces that the Times Division Multiplexing (TDM) conformance tester is now available and TDM vendors can test their TDM tolling tags and readers.
The TDM (IAG) protocol (also known as the Kapsch specification) is used by many toll agencies. This document is an open specification provided to anyone under a royalty-free, perpetual license agreement. Several vendors have already developed devices based on it.
Conformance testing will ensure that these devices have correctly implemented all functionalities defined in the specification. For example, both radio and protocol commands will be tested. Some of the tests will include verifying that a tag and a reader responds to each other’s commands in a correct amount of time or that toll data can be written to or read from a tag. A device (a tag or a reader) has to pass all conformance test cases to pass the tests. Conformance testing should be the first test required by tolling agencies.
MET Labs experts have validated the test tool extensively and a byproduct of this effort is the TDM Clarification document that is available from the Kapsch website. MET Labs plans to submit the validation plan and results to OmniAir Certification Services (OCS) and have the OCS qualify the TDM Conformance Tester for the future IAG certification program and the IBTTA’s National Interoperability Program. MET Labs has 100% financed the development of the test apparatus.
MET became the leading tolling test lab by pioneering a cost-saving lab-based solution. Previously, test vendors performed laborious and expensive field tests. Now, most of the testing is conducted in the test lab that offers customized test settings and repeatable test results. The innovative test process for tags and readers is efficient, fast, safe, accurate and cheaper.
MET Labs is a full service transportation test center and we offer:
1. Regulatory testing (FCC)
2. Conformance Testing (6B, 6C and TDM)
3. Environmental Testing
4. Performance Testing: Lab Testing (Simulated Toll Testing™) & Field Testing
Testing for these steps is based on test requirements developed by various toll agencies and standardized test procedures developed by SDOs (Standard Development Organizations), industry consortia (such as OCS, GS1) or by MET Labs. The above tests can be adapted to the unique needs of each tolling agency.
“The TDM Conformance Tester will allow tolling agencies to purchase tested and certified devices from multiple sources and have confidence that they have implemented all functionality correctly,” says Ted Osinski, MET Labs Director of Emerging Technologies.
|CISC Semiconductor and MET Labs Work Together to Provide GS1 EPC Gen2v2 Compliance Tests - Thursday, March 26, 2015|
Austrian-based CISC Semiconductor as a technology leader in UHF RFID test system development and Maryland-based MET Labs as a GS1-approved test house are collaborating to deliver a validated conformance test tool for GS1 EPC UHF Gen2v2 certification testing. GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit global organisation that develops and maintains the most widely-used supply chain standards system in the world.
A new version of the EPC Air Interface Standard “Gen2v2” was ratified by GS1 in 2013. Half a year later, they began developing a conformance test specification for new products requiring certification.
The GS1 EPC Gen2v2 conformance test specification, along with the interoperability test specification, are scheduled to be finished this month and ratified in June, 2015. It is an extension of the current test standard with new features like EAS, Tag Alteration with crypto challenge, authentication and consumer electronics.
CISC will provide a test solution supported by both of its test platforms, CISC RFID Xplorer and CISC RFID MeETS. Both systems are already available for tag performance testing, air interface analysis and conformance tests and can be software-upgraded to become a fully automated Gen2v2 conformance tester with GUI for detailed analysis.
MET Labs is the official testing provider for the GS1 EPC/RFID Hardware & Software Certification Programmes, and has a special competency in RFID testing to assure safety, electromagnetic compatibility, and tag and reader interoperability. With FDA and AIMglobal, MET also developed a Program to determine potential adverse effects of RFID emissions on electronic medical devices. Additionally, MET tests to various ISO & IEC high frequency & ultra-high frequency RFID standards.
“Industry will truly benefit from the collaboration between CISC and MET Labs in the development of an EPC Gen2v2 conformance test that will be used by GS1 to certify EPC Gen2 UHF hardware. This certification provides companies deploying EPC/RFID with peace of mind regarding the standard conformance and interoperability of EPC Gen2v2 UHF devices and will help drive the next wave of EPC/RFID adoption,” says Malcolm Bowden, President GS1 Data Excellence Inc., Global Solutions & GDSN.
|Public Notice of Unauthorized Use of the MET Mark - Friday, March 06, 2015|
It has come to MET’s attention that an electrical product is on the market in Ontario, Canada that bears the MET certification mark without MET’s authorization to do so. This particular product is an energy saving device bearing the model number F-5005 with a rating of 5KW, and no other electrical information. It may also bear the manufacturer name Enposs Co. Ltd. Though MET has not authorized the use of our mark on this product that does not necessarily mean there is a hazard; however, we encourage users of this product to discontinue its use and to contact the seller for further instructions. MET cannot vouch for this product’s compliance with electrical safety requirements. The Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario may enforce a product recall. Though we have no reports outside of Ontario, should this product be found in other provinces of Canada or within the United States the same misuse notification applies. We encourage reports of use in other regions be sent to MET Laboratories. Lastly, please take note that MET has approved an Enposs model FORCE, rated 100-600V, 60Hx, 50KVa. This model is not affected by this notification.
|Wi-Fi Alliance® Accredits MET Laboratories for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ n and Related Standards - Monday, February 16, 2015|
Santa Clara, CA – The Wi-Fi Alliance® has accredited MET Laboratories as an Authorized Test Lab (ATL) for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ n and related standards a, b, g, WPA2, and WMM. Effective immediately, MET is accredited to perform these certification testing services for all Wi-Fi Alliance members.
The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED program ensures that Wi-Fi devices bearing the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo have passed rigorous interoperability certification requirements.
This new accreditation is a natural extension of MET’s impressive capabilities and experience in wireless testing and certification. An early expert in multi-gigabit wireless technology, MET worked closely with the WiGig Alliance since the organization began in 2009 until it merged with the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2013, hosting multiple Plugfests along the way. Since 2013, MET has been a contributing member of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
“Wi-Fi n was the last major missing accreditation for us – now that we have it, we can truly say we are a one-stop-shop for EMC testing and certification,” said Asad Bajwa, MET’s EMC Lab Director.
MET’s EMC services include certification for FCC TCB and Industry Canada CB programs and testing for emissions, immunity, SAR, DFS, ESD, and shielding effectiveness to satisfy government, military (MIL-STD), and industry (e.g. NEBS, OTA, Zigbee, RTCA/DO-160) requirements. MET also offers a Global Market Access program for achieving product certifications for all major international markets.
Beyond the Wi-Fi Alliance, MET is also active in these wireless alliances and consortia:
- Exclusive EPCglobal Lab for RFID Hardware & Software certification
- RAIN RFID Alliance charter member
- Accredited lab for OmniAir Electronic Tolling & Connected Vehicles certification
MET has performed testing and certification for all the major IT equipment manufacturers, including Motorola, Panasonic, Ericsson, and Broadcom.
|MET's Shock & Vibe Capacity Doubling - Thursday, July 24, 2014|
With the installation of a new Unholtz-Dickie K-Series Shaker, MET Baltimore is nearly doubling its shock & vibe capacity to:
- 17,000 lbf Sine
- 16,000 lbf Random
- 34,000 lbf Shock
- 3 Inch pk-pk Stroke
With the new capability, MET is delivering more aggressive shocks and vibrations to heavier pieces of equipment for ASTM, ISTA, MIL-STD-810G & MIL-STD-167-1A.
See a list of MET's impressive facilities and equipment
|MET and Hi Physix Agree on Testing for BIS and NRTL/Canada Certification - Tuesday, February 25, 2014|
MET Laboratories, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed an Agreement of Testing Acceptance and Certification Services with Hi Physix Laboratory India Pvt. Ltd. (HPLI) that allows for the recognition of reports issued by HPLI.
This agreement will allow Indian manufacturers requiring safety certifications for North America to gain it locally through working with HPLI. Indian manufacturers will gain access to North American product safety certification according to OSHA NRTL and Standards Council of Canada Certification Body regulations.
North America based customers can now attain market access in India by working with MET for BIS certification through HPLI.
Partnering MET Laboratories, a leader in electrical product safety for more than 50 years, will expand the scope of HPLI’s electrical testing and certification services. Key industry sectors benefiting from this partnership include IT, Audio-Visual, medical and laboratory equipment.
Learn more about MET’s global market access services at a free webinar on March 25, 2014.
|MET Labs & Advanced Programs, Inc. Partner on Defense Sector Testing Services - Monday, September 23, 2013|
Baltimore, MD (USA) – MET Laboratories and Advanced Programs, Inc. (API) Cyber Assurance Services have signed an agreement to cooperate on testing of electronic equipment for government, system integrators, and defense OEMs. MET and API are located within 15 miles of each other in the greater Baltimore-Washington Metro Region and support a similar and often common client base. Through this partnership, clients can benefit from the efficiencies gained in leveraging the combined resources of both companies within one comprehensive program.
Specific technical capabilities covered under this collaboration include:
API Cyber Assurnace Services areas of focus
- NSTISSAM TEMPEST 1/92 Testing
- NSTISSAM TEMPEST 2/95 Testing
- CNSSAM 01-02 NONSTOP Testing
- ML-STD EMI/EMC Testing (Classified Devices Focus)
- Material EMI Shielding Assessments
- On/Off Site Engineering Services address electrical, electromagnetic, environmental, acoustic, mechanical (E3AM) threats
- TEMPEST/Secure/Custom IT Products and Solutions
MET Labs areas of focus
“Military contractors and government customers are increasingly seeking a single-source testing solution that combines TEMPEST with MIL-STD compliance. This agreement allows us – and API – to provide it. Additionally, the fact that our facilities are only 30 minutes apart make it that much more convenient for our mutual customers,” said MET Labs VP of Business Development Kevin Harbarger.
“API’s partnership with MET provides a secure & vetted one stop option for system integrators and OEMS developing products and solutions for the Defense/Federal market. The value proposition of simplified and compressed compliance testing is a win-win for all.” said API’s CEO, Steven Rice.
Read more about MET's Military testing services.
|EnerNex Smart Grid Labs and MET Labs Announce Collaboration for Energy Industry Testing - Tuesday, July 30, 2013|
EnerNex Smart Grid Labs (SGL) in partnership with MET Laboratories today announced an arrangement for collaboration on testing, analysis and training services for their energy industry clients. SGL and MET Labs work with a similar client base, offering complementary sets of services. Through this partnership, clients will benefit from the efficiencies gained in leveraging the combined resources of both companies within one comprehensive program.
“We are thrilled to partner with a company that has such a strong reputation in serving the electric power industry,” said MET Labs VP of Business Development Kevin Harbarger. “It makes perfect sense to join our complimentary offerings of EnerNex’s Smart Grid Labs and MET’s Smart Meter testing and certification services, so that customers on both sides can reap the time and cost benefits of bundled or referred services.”
Together Smart Grid Labs and MET Labs will offer solutions to utilities and their vendors that build upon each company’s innovative expertise, combining to create a premier full service offering across a number of energy industry domains.
Specific technical capabilities covered under this collaboration include:
EnerNex’s areas of focus
- Distribution Automation System Testing
- Cyber and Physical Security Testing
- Utility Communications Protocol Testing
- Advanced Metering Infrastructure Testing
MET Labs areas of focus
- Meter Accuracy, Reliability, and Safety Testing
- Photovoltaic Panel Testing
- Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Testing
- Inverter Testing
EnerNex Chief Technology Officer Erich Gunther stated: “Smart Grid Labs and MET Labs share a vision for providing our clients with high quality expert services to assure that systems and devices conform to end user expectations, and enable secure interoperability. Our collaboration will expedite the product evaluation and selection process for clients and accelerate readiness for deployment.”
Learn more about MET's meter testing and certification.
|MET Laboratories and LCIE Bureau Veritas Sign Memorandum of Understanding - Thursday, March 14, 2013|
MET Laboratories is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LCIE Bureau Veritas, in Paris, France that allows for the mutual recognition of reports issued by both parties.
This agreement will allow French manufacturers requiring safety certifications for North America to gain it locally through working with LCIE, the largest electrical testing laboratory in France. North American-based customers can now attain market access in Europe by working with MET to gain European certification marks.
Both MET Laboratories and LCIE are members of the IECEE CB Scheme, and will benefit from the mutual recognition of CB reports issued by either party. LCIE is a French National Certification Body participating in the CB Scheme. French manufacturers will gain access to North American product safety certification according to OSHA NRTL and Standards Council of Canada Certification Body regulations.
Partnering with MET Laboratories, a leader in electrical product safety for more than 50 years, will expand the scope of LCIE’s electrical testing and certification services. Key industry sectors benefiting from this partnership include IT, consumer electronics, medical and laboratory equipment.
Read more about product safety certification.
|IECEE Expands MET Labs’ Status to Include IEC 60601-1 3rd Edition for Medical Safety Certification - Wednesday, March 13, 2013|
The IECEE has expanded MET Laboratories’ National Certification Body (NCB) status to include IEC 60601-1 3rd edition, the latest edition of the medical product safety standard. MET can now certify electro-medical products to IEC 60601-1 3rd edition for the IECEE Certification Body (CB) Scheme.
At the same time, MET’s Baltimore Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL) also received accreditation for IEC 60601-1 3rd edition.
To receive IECEE CB Scheme accreditation, MET was required to provide evidence of many successful IEC 60601-1 3rd edition projects.
Accreditation to IEC 60601-1 third edition is essential for meeting the global market needs of MET’s medical client base, as it is mandatory in the EU and Canada that new product submissions comply with the national versions of third edition of IEC 60601-1 and the applicable particular and collateral standards.
IEC 60601-1 is used to certify the safety of electro-medical devices that can be found in the operating room, by a patient’s bedside or in a doctor’s office, including battery-operated thermometers, MRI and gamma imaging systems, endoscopic cameras, infusion pumps, defibrillators, and many others. The 3rd edition introduced several significant changes, including the requirement to provide a risk management file, enhanced testing requirements, and software analysis.
In addition to Medical (MED), MET Labs is capable of recognizing and/or issuing certificates for the following IECEE CB Scheme categories: Household (HOUS), Measurement (MEAS), Office (OFF), Tool (TOOL), and Electronic (TRON). As a recognized member, MET performs testing and provides an international test certificate which can be used to obtain product safety certification in the participating member countries and can also recognize such reports and certificates from other participating countries.
The CB Scheme is an International Scheme operated by the IECEE (IEC System for Conformity testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components). The Scheme is based on the principle of mutual recognition (reciprocal acceptance) by its members of test results for obtaining certification or approval at the national level. There are presently more than 55 countries participating in the Scheme.
In May, MET is hosting an Electro-Medical Device Regulatory Compliance Seminar in Austin, Texas. This free seminar provides a good overview of Product Safety & FDA regulatory compliance requirements for medical products. Partner Emergo Group will be co-presenting with MET.
Find out more about medical equipment safety testing and certification.
|SCC Accredits MET Laboratories for Canadian Energy Efficiency Program - Wednesday, September 26, 2012|
Testing and certification organization MET Laboratories has been accredited by Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a Certification Body (CB) for Natural Resource Canada’s (NRCan) Energy Efficiency Regulations. The SCC accreditation establishes MET as an independent third-party eligible to certify products to NRCan energy efficiency requirements.
Regulated energy-using products imported into Canada or shipped between provinces must bear an energy efficiency verification mark from a certification body accredited for energy efficiency verification by the SCC. MET’s mark can be viewed here.
“We are thrilled to add this to our energy efficiency testing and certification capabilities,” says MET President Rob Frier. “The accreditation serves as a strong complement to our ENERGY STAR® CB and Test Lab recognition, as well as our approval as a test lab for the California Energy Commission’s Appliance Efficiency Program.”
The SCC accreditation for NRCan covers a broad range of products, including: televisions, external power supplies, video products, refrigerated vending machines, digital TV adapters, and compact audio products.
As part of the same SCC audit, MET Labs also expanded its U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognition, adding Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) to its ENERGY STAR Certification Body scope.
|OCS Accredits MET Labs as First Test Lab for Tolling Interoperability Certification - Monday, August 20, 2012|
Baltimore, MD – OmniAir Certification Services (OCS) has accredited MET Laboratories as the first test lab in the 6C-for-Tolling Certification Program.
The 6C Certification Program is designed to ensure tolling tag and reader interoperability (IOP) across equipment vendors and toll facilities that choose to deploy equipment certified as compliant to the 6C Requirements Document as defined by the 6C Toll Operators Committee. It is based on the ISO/IEC 18000-6 (Type C) RFID protocol.
6C Certification includes testing for baseline interoperability and applied interoperability. Baseline IOP ensures that tag and reader pairs can transition successfully from one state to another and to validate memory data. Applied IOP ensures that tags and readers can withstand the toll environment; it includes performance, UV, humidity and temperature testing under various parameters.
“The Board of OmniAir Certification Services put in a tremendous amount of effort working with the 6C Toll Operators Committee developing the OCS 6C-for-Tolling Certification Program,” says Tim McGuckin, Executive Director of OmniAir Consortium. “To see it reach this next critical stage – where we have an officially-accredited lab ready to test technologies primed for real world tolling deployments – is an exciting testament to the hard work of the OCS, and the overall vision of it and the OmniAir Consortium. We look forward to advancing the 6C Certification Program in 2012.”
6C Certification testing is already underway at MET Labs, with the first certificates to be presented at the 80th Annual IBTTA Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL September 9-12, 2012.
Read more about MET's RFID Testing capabilities.
|MET Labs Supports WiGig Alliance in Ground-Breaking Technology Plugfest - Monday, July 02, 2012|
MET Laboratories, a world leader in independent compliance, testing and certification, has had its second successful occasion co-hosting the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig) Plugfest last week.
The exciting four day event tested the multi-gigabit wireless WiGig technology in real world conditions, taking the technology ever closer to commercialization.
MET Labs has been labelling products for safety for over 40 years and can certify to over 200 standards for the U.S. market. Its wireless testing customers have included some big names in the industry including Motorola, Ericsson, Huawei and Broadcom.
“We are pleased to be involved yet again and be a part of the growing use of the WiGig technology,” said Ted Osinski, MET Labs Director of Emerging Technologies. “We understand the increasing consumer demand for high-speed wireless communications and are excited to be working together with the WiGig members to bring this technology to all markets.”
MET Labs has worked with the WiGig Alliance since the organization began in 2009. Key test instrumentation for the Plugfest was once again provided by Agilent Technologies and Rohde and Schwarz.
“With this being the second organized Plugfest, we will continue to commit to the WiGig Alliance members and their customers to building an ecosystem of interoperable WiGig-enabled products,” said Dr. Ali Sadri, WiGig Alliance President and Chairman.
“Our vision has always been to introduce a technology capable of enabling new applications and an unprecedented user experience for developers and customers. With this Plugfest, a technology that appeared imaginative just a few years ago is now steps away from mass commercialization.”
Find out more about MET's wireless testing services.
|EPA Expands ENERGY STAR Scope of MET Laboratories to Include Lighting Categories - Monday, May 14, 2012|
Testing and certification organization MET Laboratories has received recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Certification Body (CB) for Luminaires (including sub-components), Integral LED Lamps, & Set-Top and Cable Boxes under the ENERGY STAR® program.
The EPA recognition establishes MET as an independent third-party eligible to certify products to ENERGY STAR energy efficiency requirements for these categories, in addition to already recognized categories. Since 2010, MET has been EPA-recognized to test and certify a broad range of products, including: Televisions, Displays, Computers (notebooks, thin clients, desktops, workstations, small-scale servers), Computer Servers, Telephony, Imaging Equipment, Battery Charging Systems & new and rebuilt Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines.
Effective January 1, 2011, third party certification from an EPA-recognized CB has been required for manufacturers that want their products to be labeled with the ENERGY STAR mark. As part of this program, manufacturers must also comply with post-market verification testing to validate continuing energy performance.
MET Labs qualifies and verifies that products meet ENERGY STAR requirements by testing them in its EPA-recognized laboratories, by witness or supervised testing at manufacturers' labs, or by verifying testing data from other EPA-recognized third-party labs.
MET can also perform the ENERGY STAR In Situ Temperature Measurement Test (ISTMT) for lighting products: ANSI/UL 1598 or ANSI/UL 153-05.
“We are pleased the EPA has expanded our recognition to include these important product categories,” says Troy Franklin, Director of MET’s Environmental and Energy Laboratory. “MET is uniquely positioned to work with partner labs and manufacturers to help get their energy efficient products ENERGY STAR labeled and on the market as expeditiously as possible.”
MET plans to broaden the scope of its recognition over the coming months to also include compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).
Find out more about MET's ENERGY STAR services.
|Lightning Testing for RTCA/DO-160, MIL-STD-461 and MIL-STD-464 Now Available at MET Labs - Tuesday, March 20, 2012|
MET Labs has acquired a sophisticated Lightning Surge Tester from Thermo Fisher Scientific, and is now offering lightning susceptibility testing for RTCA/DO-160, MIL-STD-461 and MIL-STD-464.
Military and airborne equipment suppliers are primarily engaging MET Labs for lightning testing to RTCA/DO-160 Sections 22 and 23. Lightning testing for MIL-STD-461 and MIL-STD-464 will pick up later, when lightning requirements are incorporated into the next revision (Revision G) of these military standards.
Lightning testing of airborne equipment is largely being driven by the use of composite materials in airframe construction, including that used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A380. Many composites don’t conduct lightning currents the way metal airframes do, leading to the possibility of higher voltages and currents affecting aircraft equipment.
The LTS System from Thermo Fisher Scientific utilizes 7 Test Waveforms (1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5B, 6) and 5 Test Levels (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). It is capable of performing 2 Test Types (Pin Injection, Cable Bundle) and 3 Test Methods (Direct, Cable Induction, Ground Injection).
MET will be hosting a Lightning Testing Webinar on June 19 for those who are interested in details about test methods and setups, waveform selection, cable configurations, and loads.
MET will also be available to answer questions at two upcoming tradeshows: Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention and Trade Show April 3-6 in Washington, D.C. and SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing April 23-27 in Baltimore, Maryland.
|First Product Completes Medical Device RFID Susceptibility Testing - Monday, February 27, 2012|
MET Labs has completed testing on the first product to be submitted to the Medical Device RFID Susceptibility Program. The Program – co-developed by MET Labs and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the auspices of AIM Healthcare Initiative (HCI) – is designed to determine potential adverse events of radio frequency identification (RFID) emissions on electronic medical devices. More information about it can be found on the Program webpage.
The patient-worn battery-operated vital sign monitoring device was tested at MET’s Santa Clara, California laboratory in the heart of Silicon Valley. It passed six of seven tests, demonstrating a hard fault when subjected to 860-960 MHz frequency RFID at 54 V/m, as specified in ISO/IEC 18000-6 Type C.
Testing was performed with the RF parameters that emit the minimum and maximum occupied bandwidth. The testing ranged from 134.2 kHz at 160 A/m to 2.45 GHz at 54 V/m.
“This device, and other devices that we are scheduled to test, are subjected to worst case scenarios, to protect them from RFID interference in the healthcare environment,” said Ted Osinski, MET Labs RFID Program Manager. “The vendor now has the benefit to mitigate the problem and make the device safer.”
Interested medical device manufacturers that have not expressed interest in the past are still eligible for participation in the program. Please complete the program Interested Party Form.
|Historic First WiGig PlugFest Successfully Hosted at MET Laboratories - Wednesday, November 09, 2011|
The Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig) has successfully completed its historic PlugFest at MET Laboratories in Santa Clara, California. The three-day event in late October confirmed that Alliance member devices implement WiGig specifications correctly, and interoperate with WiGig devices from other Alliance member manufacturers.
During this first PlugFest, ten member companies utilized MET’s advanced know-how and test facility, equipped with sophisticated anechoic chambers and test tools. Specialized test instrumentation was provided by Agilent Technologies.
The PlugFest follows the publication in April of WiGig’s version 1.1 multi-Gigabit wireless specification. WiGig manufacturers are preparing their 60 GHz networking products for certification and market introduction in late 2012 or early 2013.
“We are honored to have hosted this inaugural WiGig PlugFest and to be a WiGig Alliance member,” said MET President Rob Frier. “It is always a thrill to work with the world’s leading manufacturers of semiconductors, personal computers, consumer electronics and handheld devices. We attribute the success of the event to the diligent preparation of fellow WiGig Alliance members, as well as our cutting-edge facilities and technically-savvy personnel.”
Read more about wireless testing and certification at MET.
|Program for Testing Medical Devices for Susceptibility to RFID Being Launched - Monday, October 24, 2011|
On December 6, 2011, MET Labs will launch the Program for Testing Medical Devices for Susceptibility to RFID, to determine potential adverse events of radio frequency identification (RFID) emissions on electronic medical devices. After months of development with AIM Healthcare Initiative (HCI) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Program’s test protocol can now undergo validation using actual medical devices. MET Labs is launching the program with a free informational webinar.
Medical device manufacturers are invited to participate by submitting representative devices to MET Labs for testing, which will take approximately one day to complete for each submitted device. Eligible medical devices are those covered by the IEC 60601 family of standards.
There are several benefits to participation. Submitted equipment will be tested in several different RFID frequency bands and participants will receive a confidential test report. If equipment is found to be susceptible to RF interference, MET Labs will assist manufacturers with strategies for minimizing or eliminating interference effects.
The confidentiality of manufacturer participation and individual test results will be strictly maintained. MET Labs will only share or publish aggregate, unattributed data that relates to the validation and/or further development of a final test protocol with the AIM RFID Experts Group. MET Labs will not share or publish any results without the explicit, written consent of the medical device manufacturer.
The increasing use of wireless monitoring devices in RF-rich environments (from RFID, wireless LANs and other devices) makes this research critical in the prevention of potential adverse effects from RFID emissions on patient safety.
Upon completion and acceptance by AIM, Inc., the final test protocol will be submitted to recognized national and international standards organizations so that it may be publically available.
Interested medical device manufacturers are asked to participate in a free informational webinar on December 6, 2011 that will provide more details about the program. Those interested but unable to attend should complete an online interested party form. Eligible form completers will receive a Program Information Packet that includes a sample test report.
|TRaC and MET offer a harmonised international EX testing program. - Thursday, September 08, 2011|
TRaC and MET, two leading bodies in the field of certification of products for operation in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX, IECEx and Hazloc certification) are to offer a harmonised international EX testing program. UK-based TRaC, and MET Laboratories in North America, have signed a bilateral MoU that forms a testing and certification partnership for EX equipment.
The partnership builds on both companies’ strengths to create a new global EX testing, inspection and certification service for ATEX and Hazloc (hazardous location) equipment.
Manufacturers will benefit from local, in-country testing and inspection with the certainty of a managed fast track certification program from a single trusted source operating in the EU and North America.
Under the new partnership, TRaC and MET Laboratories will provide a combined certification route to EU, North American and International markets for equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres and hazardous locations. The two companies will harmonise test processes, engineering skill sets, and administration to ensure a consistent approach to securing all recognised approvals for potentially explosive atmosphere and hazardous locations.
Additionally, TRaC and MET Laboratories will utilise their global network of offices to provide local support for clients’ design and manufacturing facilities.
TRaC and MET Laboratories already have a long-standing relationship in the fields of testing and factory inspection, and this new strategic partnership involves greater technical collaboration between the two organisations to ensure harmonisation of best-practice procedures in testing, factory inspection and certification, in addition to developing efficient delivery of overseas certification services.
The agreement will also see the adoption of a common set of operating, test and factory inspection procedures, in addition to bringing together the wealth of expertise of staff on both sides of the Atlantic.
Simon Barrowcliff, Director of EX services for TRaC, said: “This is a hugely exciting development for both organisations. We have enjoyed a strong relationship for more than 15 years. This new technical relationship means we will not only continue to bring great service to our clients but also add a truly international perspective to certification of equipment for potentially explosive environments and hazardous locations.”
Rick Cooper, Director of Safety for MET Laboratories, added: “I'm delighted that we're entering a new stage in our relationship with TRaC to provide this innovative testing, inspection and certification programme for manufacturers of hazardous location equipment. Our clients understand that this is a complex technical area and can see the huge benefits from this closer technical co-operation.”
|MET Laboratories Hosting OmniAir Working Meeting on Connected Vehicle Technology Testing - Thursday, June 30, 2011|
This week, MET Laboratories is hosting an OmniAir Consortium working meeting to consolidate plans for establishing independent, 3rd party testing and certification for USDoT’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Certification Program. The testing and certification will be managed by OmniAir Certification Services.
MET Labs’ role is to help develop test methods and then provide test and certification services for “HIA” devices, which are based on 5.9 GHz dedicated short range communications (DSRC) technology. HIA devices allow vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-road-sign communications, for the purpose of minimizing car collisions and warning car drivers of potential hazards on the road.
The testing and certification will insure the performance and interoperability of this equipment.
|MET Laboratories to Offer NEBS Pre-Testing in China in Collaboration with CTI - Thursday, May 05, 2011|
MET Laboratories has signed an agreement with Center Testing International (CTI) for offering NEBS pre-testing in China. The agreement will provide a convenient resource for telecom manufacturers in China to perform local NEBS testing covering Telcordia standards GR-63 and GR-1089.
With many telecom manufacturers setting up R&D and manufacturing facilities in China, this provides NEBS testing closer to these facilities. CTI and MET will work closely in the next several weeks to prepare the testing facilities and commence testing services by the end of the second quarter of 2011.
Partnering with MET Laboratories, a leader in electrical product safety for more than 50 years, will expand the scope of CTI’s electrical testing and certification services. Key industry sectors benefiting from this partnership include major telecom and wireless infrastructure equipment manufacturers. This partnership will provide Chinese manufacturers a cost- and time-effective way to access the North American telecom market.
|Electric Vehicle Charging Station Tested & Certified by MET Labs - Wednesday, April 27, 2011|
MET Laboratories has completed product safety testing and certification of SemaConnect’s ChargePro 620, a Level II commercial electric vehicle charging station.
“We are very pleased that our stations have been certified to UL standards by MET Labs,” says Mahi Reddy, CEO of SemaConnect. “MET has performed dozens of tests on our systems addressing various aspects including electrical safety, corrosion resistance and weather resistance. This thorough testing has validated the SemaConnect ChargePro as a world class system designed to high standards of safety and reliability.”
“We are thrilled to help SemaConnect bring this leading-edge product to market. The electric vehicle industry is an exciting one, and SemaConnect and MET are uniquely qualified to support it,” says MET President Rob Frier.
MET Labs is one of just a few independent labs that has the capability to do the full suite of testing required for EV charging stations all under one roof. This testing covers product safety, electromagnetic compatibility, and environmental simulation, including requirements for flame testing, water absorption, impact testing, and chemical exposure.
“We are one of the very first labs to test to UL 2231-1 and UL 2231-2. These are new standards that require special setups to simulate an electric vehicle under charge,” says Charles Haggins, MET Laboratories’ Baltimore Safety Lab Manager.
MET is an experienced provider of testing services for electric vehicle product manufacturers. MET has tested EV charging stations for two manufacturers. At one of its Silicon Valley labs, MET tested both the North American and UK Tesla Roadster. MET has also separately tested many of the third-party-manufactured components for these all-electric vehicles.
|MET Signs MoU with Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology (SIQ) - Tuesday, April 26, 2011|
MET Laboratories is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology (SIQ). The MoU allows for a close co-operation supporting mutually accepted test and evaluation reports to facilitate the granting of respective National certification marks and/or certificates of conformity. Both MET Laboratories and SIQ are members of the IECEE CB Scheme, and will benefit from the mutual recognition of CB reports issued by either party.
Partnering with MET Laboratories, will expand the scope of SIQ’s electrical testing and certification services. Key industry sectors benefiting from this partnership include information technology, industrial control and process machinery, medical devices, battery chargers and gaming industry. This partnership will provide Slovenian manufacturers a cost and time effective way to access North American certifications.
ABOUT Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology (SIQ): was founded in 1992 as the successor of the Institute of Quality and Metrology (IKM). SIQ is an EN ISO/IEC 17025 accredited testing and calibration laboratory, a type-A inspection body according to EN ISO/IEC 17020 standard; a product certification body according to the EN 45011 standard; and an EN ISO/IEC 17021 management systems certification body.
|MET Laboratories Offers ISO Based Certification of RFID Devices - Monday, April 11, 2011|
MET Laboratories is now offering ISO based Certification of RFID devices based on several ISO-developed RFID standards and corresponding test methods including conformance, and interoperability where applicable. RFID products such as proximity and vicinity cards, and passive and active RFID will benefit from this testing. Many vendors pursue this recognition to gain a competitive advantage.
As a recognized leader in RFID testing, MET Laboratories is in a unique position to offer this certification service. MET Labs has developed and managed certification programs for EPCglobal and DASH7, and manages an international network of independent Approved RFID Test Centers (ARTCs) that offer RFID testing and certification services. An ISO 17025 test lab, MET has tested more RFID devices than any other independent lab.
MET can also provide additional interoperability testing, upon request, as well as other relevant testing to meet US, Canadian and European regulatory requirements.
See more about RFID Testing.
|MET Signs MoU with Korea Institute of Machinery and Material (KIMM) - Wednesday, March 09, 2011|
MET Laboratories is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM). The MoU allows for a close co-operation supporting the mutual recognition certification marks afforded by KIMM’s Reliability Assessment Center (RAC) for the Korean Reliability Mark (RM) and MET Laboratories’ Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) certification marks for North America, as well as MET Laboratories’ testing support for European CE Marking
Partnering with MET Laboratories, a leader in electrical product safety for more than 50 years, will expand the scope of KIMM’s electrical testing and certification services. Key industry sectors benefiting from this partnership include industrial control and process machinery, and industrial materials. This partnership will provide Korean manufacturers a cost and time effective way to access North American certifications.
KIMM was established in 1976, by the Korean government to develop source technologies for the implementation of the national agenda and to promote new growth engines. The RAC department provides reliability engineering life test programs to estimate the life of equipment within the Korean industrial sector designated as machinery and materials. KIMM’s RAC focuses particularly on the assessment of equipment life and the administrating the Korean RM as authorized by the Ministry of Commerce.
|Emitel (Shenzhen) Ltd to Act as CBTL for MET Laboratories - Wednesday, February 09, 2011|
MET Laboratories is pleased to announce that the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC/IECEE) has awarded emitel (Shenzhen) Ltd. acceptance to participate in the IECEE CB Scheme as a CB Testing Laboratory under the responsibility of MET Laboratories, Inc., an IEC/IECEE-designated National Certification Body. Emitel (Shenzhen) Ltd. was assessed and determined to fully comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025: 2005-05.
As a CBTL, emitel will be able to locally provide Chinese manufacturers with product safety certification testing services required for the North American marketplace.
|OSHA Approves NRTL Scope Expansion to Include 12 Additional Standards - Monday, December 13, 2010|
Dec. 13, 2010: Printed in Federal Register, Notice of Occupational Safety and Health Administration's final decision expanding the recognition of MET Laboratories, Inc., to include these addition standards:
UL 244A Solid State Controls for Assemblies
UL 412 Refrigeration Unit Coolers
*UL 458 Power Converters/Inverters and Power Converter/Inverter Systems for Land Vehicles and Marine Crafts
UL 466 Electric Scales
UL 561 Floor-Finishing Machines
UL 1230 Amateur Movie Lights
UL 1278 Movable and Wall or Ceiling Hung Electric Room Heaters
UL 1594 Sewing and Cutting Machines
UL 1795 Hydromassage Bathtubs
UL 1951 Electric Plumbing Accessories
UL 1996 Electric Duct Heaters
UL 2021 Fixed and Location Dedicated Electric Room Heaters
*OSHA approves this standard for testing and certification of products for use within recreational vehicles and mobile homes.
Read the Federal Register notice:
|EPA Recognizes MET Laboratories as Certification Body for ENERGY STAR® - Tuesday, December 07, 2010|
Testing and certification organization MET Laboratories has received recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Certification Body (CB) under the enhanced ENERGY STAR® program. The EPA recognition establishes MET as an independent third-party eligible to certify products to ENERGY STAR energy efficiency requirements.
Effective January 1, 2011, third party certification from an EPA-recognized CB will be required for manufacturers that want their products ENERGY STAR labeled. Additionally, manufacturers will comply with post-market verification testing to validate continuing energy performance.
MET Labs can now qualify and verify that products meet ENERGY STAR requirements by testing them in its EPA-recognized laboratories, by witness or supervised testing at manufacturers' labs, or by verifying testing data from other EPA-recognized third-party labs.
“We are pleased the EPA has recognized the considerable energy efficiency testing and certification capabilities of MET Laboratories,” says MET President Robert Frier. “This recognition serves as a strong complement to our IECEE Certification Body (CB Scheme) recognition for product safety, and our Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB) recognition for FCC radio and telephone equipment certification.”
The EPA recognition covers a broad range of products, including: televisions, computers (notebooks, game consoles, thin clients, desktops, workstations, small-scale servers), computer servers, telephony, imaging equipment, battery charging systems & new and rebuilt refrigerated beverage vending machines. MET plans to broaden the scope of its recognition over the coming months.
Previously, MET was named by EPA as a recognized laboratory. As an EPA-recognized laboratory, MET is authorized to test televisions, computers, battery charging systems & new and rebuilt refrigerated beverage vending machines.
MET Laboratories is one of a handful of laboratories to earn recognition by the EPA as an approved certification body. Recognized certification bodies are required to comply with ISO/IEC 17025 for testing, calibrations and sampling, as well as be accredited to ISO/IEC Guide 65 for bodies operating product certification systems.
Find out more about MET's ENERGY STAR services.
|OmniAir Elects Ted Osinski, MET Laboratories’ Director of RFID Programs, to Its Board - Friday, December 03, 2010|
OmniAir Consortium, the leading advocate for the national deployment of open, effective, and interoperable advanced transportation technologies, has elected Ted Osinski, Director of RFID Programs at MET Laboratories, to OmniAir Certification Services (OCS) Board of Directors.
Ted’s background includes retail, financial services, DoD, software development and consulting. As VP of Electronic Commerce Technology, he was responsible for development of the first GS1 B2B standards. He started and facilitated EPCglobal Software Action Group and contributed to several specifications. Ted initiated and managed highly recognized EPCglobal Inc. Hardware and Software Certification programs. He is also an active member of the DASH7 Alliance, helping to develop and promote RFID certification of devices using 433.92 MHz frequency. He holds a B.Sc. (Honors) degree in Computer Studies from the University of Glamorgan (UK) and MBA in Information Systems from Farleigh Dickinson University.
Read more about MET's RFID testing services.
|MET Signs MoU With Eurofins - Thursday, December 02, 2010|
MET Laboratories is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Eurofins Product Testing Services (Shanghai) Co Ltd. The MoU allows for mutual acceptance of CB Reports for issuance of national safety certification marks. Through this relationship, MET will be expanding it worldwide partner network which includes a witness testing and data acceptance program.
Both MET Laboratories and Eurofins are members of the IECEE CB Scheme, and will benefit from the mutual recognition of CB reports issued by either party. Chinese manufacturers will gain access to North American telecom and EMC TCB certificates according to FCC regulations, and product safety certification according to NRTL regulations.
Partnering with MET Laboratories, a leader in electrical product safety for more than 50 years, will expand the scope of Eurofins’ electrical testing and certification services. Likewise MET Laboratories’ market presence in China will be increased via Eurofins’ customer relations. Key industry sectors benefiting from this partnership include IT, consumer electronics, household appliances, lighting and telecommunications.
|MET Now Offers NOM Equivalent for Mexico - Tuesday, November 30, 2010|
The Mexican governments’ Secretary of Commerce is now accepting products certified to certain ANSI/UL and CAN/CSA standards by an NRTL/SCC approved lab in lieu of the NOM Certification.
Normally, NOM certifications can only be obtained in-country. However, an exception is made in certain instances where the UL and CSA standards are similar to the NOM standards:
- For ITE products, in lieu of NOM-019-SCFI-1998, manufacturers can certify to ANSI/UL 60950-1 (Ed. 2 Mar 27 2007) or CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-07 Second Edition.
- For A/V products, in lieu of NOM-001-SCFI-1993, manufacturers can certify to ANSI/UL 60065, Seventh Edition (2003) or CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60065-2003 + Amendment 1: 2006.
- For household appliances, in lieu of NOM-016-SCFI-1993, manufacturers can certify to ANSI/UL 60335-1 or CAN/CSA-E60335-1/4E-03 (R2007).
MET Laboratories is accredited to do this testing. To get a quote, fill out our online RFQ or request a call from a sales representative.
|New Drop Tester Is Installed in Union City - Monday, November 29, 2010|
A new drop tester has been installed at MET's Union City lab to fully meet ISTA package testing requirements and support NEBS GR-63-CORE testing.
Drop tester specifications:
Manufacturer – Lansmont
Model – PDT-56ED
Maximum Drop Height – 72 Inches
Minimum Drop Height – 11 Inches
Maximum EUT Weight – 175 Pounds
See a video of the drop tester in action.
|MET Acquires Texas Lab - Thursday, November 04, 2010|
MET Labs is acquiring the assets and operations of the Austin, Texas Regulatory Test Laboratory currently owned by Dell Computers.
The Dell facility is a well-equipped and staffed lab that performs Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Product Safety Testing.
On January 5, 2011, the facility will begin operations as MET Austin.
The 14,500-square-foot facility was purpose built in 1999 and has extensive equipment. The EMC Lab includes:
•10-Meter full compliance emissions chamber with dual antenna masts
•3-Meter anechoic RF Immunity chamber
•Temperature/Humidity controlled, shielded Chamber for ESD Testing
•8 additional EMC Test Areas.
The Product Safety Lab includes:
•13’ x 12.5’ x 12’ Flame Test Room with Exhaust Hood
•13’ x 12’ x 12’ Conditioning Room
•5 Test Racks for IEC 60950-1.
Steve Pitta has been appointed as the General Manager of MET Austin. Steve will be relocating from our Baltimore headquarters to Texas to ensure a smooth transition and subsequent operation. Many of you already know Steve; he has been with MET for over 10 years, serving most recently as Eastern Region Sales Manager. For test scheduling in Texas, contact Steve.
|MET Laboratories Signs MoU with Korea Testing Certification (KTC) - Monday, October 25, 2010|
MET Laboratories, the first Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) in the United States, is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Korea Testing Certification (KTC) of Korea. The MoU allows for the mutual recognition of CB & TCB test certificates.
Both MET Laboratories and KTC are members of the IECEE CB Scheme, and will benefit from the mutual recognition of CB reports issued by either party. North American customers will gain access to the Korea market by obtaining the KC Mark through the CB services of MET Labs. Korean manufacturers will gain access to North American telecom and EMC TCB certificates according to FCC regulations, and product safety certification according to NRTL regulations.
KTC is accredited by the Korean government to help companies resolve technical issues so as to export their products to overseas markets, including North America. KTC testing supports KC certification, and the KC mark, as required by the Korea Certification Scheme to assure the safety of electric & electronic products sold in Korea.
Partnering with MET Laboratories, a leader in electrical product safety for more than 50 years, will expand the scope of KTC’s electrical testing and certification services. Key industry sectors benefiting from this partnership include IT and telecommunications.
See a video of the signing.
See photos of the signing and lab tour.
|Union City Environmental Simulation Additions - Tuesday, June 22, 2010|
MET Labs Union City Environmental Lab has added a new chamber and shaker to its active inventory of test equipment.
The new temperature and humidity chamber measures 10'W x 10'D x 10'H, with a Max Ramp rate of 10C/min.
The new electro-dynamic shaker is rated 12,000 lb-f max rating, with sine, random, shock vibration test capabilities.
|MET Laboratories Establishes Second MET office in Asia; Expansion Now Includes Korea - Tuesday, June 22, 2010|
Baltimore, MD and Gyeonggi-Do, Korea - MET Laboratories, the first Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) in the United States, is pleased to announce that it has signed on George (Kisek) Cho to manage MET’s Korea operations.
George Cho brings to his position invaluable experience from both the private manufacturing sector and from regulatory compliance laboratories. He has managed ITE projects for Daewoo Telecom as a compliance engineer. From Daewoo Telecom, Mr. Cho went on to manage certification of ITE and Medical Devices as a project engineer for UL Korea Ltd. After UL and preceding his joining MET, George Cho was a certification specialist for CSA International, adding marketing to his certification responsibilities while employed at CSA.
George Cho can be reach in Korea either by phone, +82 (0) 10-7296-8169 or by his email.
MET believes this is an exciting opportunity for both Korean and North American manufacturers. The Korean operations compliments our growing operations in Shenzhen, China.
|MET Laboratories Contracts to Test Texas Smart Meters - Monday, May 17, 2010|
Navigant Consulting has contracted MET Laboratories to perform side-by-side accuracy testing for smart watthour meters in Texas.
To test the accuracy of the smart meters, each test will compare two sets of 25 meters while they undergo changing temperature and load conditions. One set of meters will be solid state smart meters with integrated communication modules. The control set will be electro-mechanical single phase meters.
The testing is being conducting at the request of the Texas Public Utility Commission of Texas as well as the transmission and distribution service providers the Commission regulates, which includes CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC; Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC; AEP Texas Central Company, and AEP Texas North Company.
|MET in Phase I of Large Field Listing Project - Monday, May 17, 2010|
MET Laboratories is starting Phase I of a large field evaluation and labeling job for a multinational oil company in Texas. Phase I will cover the inspection and serialized field labeling of 154 pieces of uncertified hard-wired equipment.
Phase II & III, to follow, includes the evaluation and labeling of uncertified cord- and plug-connected equipment.
MET Labs' customer is committed to complying with the local and state requirements for assessment of their equipment, to protect their staff from unseen electrical hazards. Historically, more than 50% of equipment evaluated in the field has some potential of a shock, fire, energy, mechanical, chemical, or radiation hazard.
Get more information about MET Labs field labeling.
|MET Opens New China Office - Wednesday, May 12, 2010|
MET China's steady growth over the last five years prompted a move to a larger facility within the same building as its previous location. The China office now comprises 12 people in sales, engineering and administration. The expanded staffing offers more benefits to our clients in the US and Asia. The move to the new office and the opening ceremony was a great success.
New office Information:
MET Laboratories Branch Office: Shenzhen, China
Jordan Yeng General Manager, Asian Operations
A-1501, United Plaza.
5022# Binhe Dadao, Futian District,
Shenzhen, Guangdong Province,
Mainland China - + 86 755 82911867
Fax: +86 755 82910749
Visit MET China's website.
|Measurement Canada Enhances Recognition of MET Labs to Include EMC Testing of Electricity Meters - Thursday, April 29, 2010|
MET Laboratories' recognition by Measurement Canada, an agency of the federal Department of Industry, to test electricity meters as a Recognized Test Facility has been reaffirmed following a recent review of the laboratory’s capabilities. MET continues to be able to provide accuracy test results used by the Canadian federal government in its approval of electricity meters for use in the Canadian marketplace. Electricity meter types include watt hour, VA hour, var hour energy meters and watt, VA, and var, demand meters.
MET, as an accredited ISO 17025 Test Facility, was first designated in September, 2007 by Measurement Canada as a Recognized Test Facility under its RT-01 program. MET was, and continues to be, the only organization authorized to test electricity meters under this program.
This recognition from Measurement Canada allows MET Laboratories to test previously approved energy and demand meters that have been modified and must be re-submitted for approval. Possible meter modifications include firmware upgrades, hardware changes, and other modifications.
In Canada, all electricity meters for use in residential and commercial applications must be approved by Measurement Canada. Delays in receiving Measurement Canada approval can occur due to high manufacturer demand for approval services. As a Recognized Test Facility, MET Laboratories' meter test results are accepted by Measurement Canada in support of applications for approval. Upon satisfactory completion of testing, MET issues a test report to the meter manufacturer. The manufacturer will present that report to Measurement Canada for assessment. Measurement Canada will use the MET Laboratories report test results in establishing approval status for a given meter. MET testing streamlines the approval process by reducing or eliminating the need for testing by Measurement Canada's laboratory, potentially saving months of wait time. Manufacturers using MET facilities for approvals testing also gain access to a higher priority approvals queue at Measurement Canada, further reducing the time to receive approval of a modified meter.
"We are pleased to again be recognized by Measurement Canada as the only independent lab capable of doing electricity meter testing for the Canadian market," said MET President Rob Frier. "We have been performing meter testing for over 30 years, and this recognition confirms our special competency in it."
MET Labs is a leader in testing and certifying electricity meters to meet requirements in North America and around the world. MET tests to ANSI C12.1, ANSI C12.20, Measurement Canada LMB-EG-07, and IEC 62052-11, IEC 62053-21, IEC 62053-22 for accuracy; UL 61010 and CSA 22.2 No. 61010.1 for product safety; EN 62052-11, ANSI C62.41, ANSI C37.90.1:1989 and ANSI C37.90.1::2002 for surge testing; ANSI C12.1 for electrical fast transients, electrostatic discharge, radiated immunity, and surge & voltage dip testing.
|Verizon Approves MET for Thermal Modeling - Wednesday, April 28, 2010|
MET Labs Baltimore recently underwent a two day intensive audit by Verizon Communications as part of the Verizon Independent Testing Laboratory (ITL) process. As a result of this audit, MET Labs Baltimore retains its existing status as an Independent Testing Laboratory to GR-63, GR-487, GR-1089, and VZ.TPR.9205 (Energy Efficiency Requirements for Telecommunications Equipment). Additionally, MET is happy to report, Verizon has approved MET as an Independent Testing Laboratory (ITL) for Thermal Modeling Simulation and Testing to :
VZ.TPR.9208 Thermal Management Requirements for Improved Energy Efficiency of Telecommuncations Equipment, Issue 1, July 2009
VZ.TPR.9602 Checklist for TMST ITL and Supplier Lab Audit, Issue 1, January 2010
Verizon will require its vendors to show compliance to its thermal management requirements starting July 2010.
MET is proud to claim it is the only ITL approved by Verizon under both its NEBS Testing Certification Program (TCP) and its Thermal Modeling Simulation and Testing (TMST) Program.
Learn more about MET's NEBS testing services.
|MET Hosts PlugFest, DASH7 Alliance's First Interoperability Testing Event - Thursday, April 08, 2010|
MET Laboratories has successfully completed the hosting of PlugFest, a first round of conformance and interoperability tests for ISO 18000-7 (DASH7) devices. The event resulted in the verification of more than 20 devices from three vendors, and marks an important first step towards a complete DASH7 Certification Program.
PlugFest was organized by the DASH7 Alliance, a coalition of organizations promoting a standard for wireless sensor networks. DASH7 technologies provide low-cost, low-power options that transmit data wirelessly for multiple applications. MET Labs is the exclusive certification administrator of the DASH7 Alliance.
DASH7 technology providers Evigia Systems, Identec Solutions, and Savi Technology participated in the two-day event. Participants used real-world test cases developed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the DASH7 Alliance Testing and Certification workgroup.
DASH7 is a wireless sensor networking technology that evolved from radio-frequency identification and sensing technologies used in the defense industry. Because of its multi-kilometer range, ten-year battery life and its ability to penetrate water, concrete and other materials that can block other Radio Frequency (RF) signals, DASH7 devices provide competitive advantages over other wireless technologies.
"By establishing a new set of engineering relationships and allowing open communication channels between companies in the name of interoperability, DASH7 members have added a new dimension to the alliance", said Ted Osinski, Director of RFID Programs at MET Labs. "This is an important first step in establishing a world-class DASH7 Certification program, which we expect to announce this summer."
|DASH7 Chooses MET to Be Its Exclusive Test Lab - Thursday, March 18, 2010|
MET has entered an exclusive, three year agreement with the DASH7 Alliance to test products for DASH7 certification. DASH7 is the first successful attempt to organize active RFID technologies into a strong, global standard. Highlights of DASH7 include:
- Operation at 433 MHz, globally available, unlicensed spectrum
- Based on ISO 18000-7 standard
- Multi-year battery life
- Range of up to 2 km (potentially farther)
- Penetration of concrete walls, water, and ability to "bend" around metal objects
- Low latency protocol that enables reliable tracking of moving objects
- Small, lightweight protocol stack that minimizes silicon costs
- Data transfer at up to 27.77kpbs (potentially as high as 250kpbs)
- Sensor & security support
"The testing services that MET will provide for DASH7 developers are natural extensions of MET's experience in providing compliance testing for passive RFID, Bluetooth and other wireless technologies," said Rob Frier, president of MET Laboratories. "We have an exciting opportunity to work with developers on innovative applications for DASH7 technology, making sure that their applications work with each other."
This marks the 2nd significant partnership MET has enter with a major RFID alliance. MET has a long-standing testing and certification partnership with EPCglobal.
Learn more about MET's RFID testing and certification services.
|Santa Clara Now Offering Full GR1089 Testing Services - Friday, January 29, 2010|
MET Labs has further expanded the capabilities of its Santa Clara laboratory. In addition to the extensive EMC and Environmental testing services, MET now offers Section 10 (GR1089) testing. Section 10 testing covers Criteria for DC Power Port of Telecommunications Load Equipment. This section applies to the telecommunications equipment that is powered from a shared DC power plant. The criteria are adopted from ANSI T1.315- 2001, Voltage Levels for DC-Powered Equipment Used in Telecommunications Environment.
Find out more about MET's NEBS testing services.
|MET Tests Innovative All Electric Tesla Automobile - Monday, June 15, 2009|
In its 10M chamber in Santa Clara, CA, MET is subjecting a Tesla Roadster to tests in accordance with the European Automotive Directive, including radiated emissions and immunity testing, and for SAE J551-5: Performance Methods of Measurement of Magnetic and Electric Field Strength from Electric Vehicles. The Tesla vehicle is a unique, completely electric sports car.
Get more information on MET Labs' automobile testing capabilities.
|MET Collaborates with AIM & Georgia Tech in RFID Technology - Friday, June 12, 2009|
MET Laboratories, AIM Global (Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility) and Georgia Tech are proud to announce their partnership to create the Healthcare Test Protocols Initiative. The devices that will be included in this study will be medical devices (i.e. pacemakers) and clinical instruments (i.e. pumps, MRI). The devices will be tested to determine if the RF emitted causes any negative affects and under what conditions these effects occur. This study will establish baseline requirements for the operation of RF in a medical setting. Once complete, the test protocols will be submitted to the FDA and a certification program will be established. To read AIM Global's press release, please visit their website at http://www.aimglobal.org.
Learn more about MET's innovative and groundbreaking RFID lab.
|HALT Testing Simplified - Friday, June 12, 2009|
Based on feedback from our customers, MET has fabricated new printed circuit board (PCB) clamps for use in our Qualmark Typhoon 2.5 chamber at the Santa Clara facility to be used during HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing). These PCB clamps will help to increase the usefulness of the HALT process by allowing one or more PCB’s to be mounted onto the vibration table.
Learn about the benefits of HALT/HASS.
|MET Adds Another Impressive Listing to its Audio/Visual Roster - Friday, June 12, 2009|
MET is proud to announce that Paul Reed Smith Guitars has joined an impressive list of manufacturers of audio equipment bearing the MET Mark. MET Labs is proud to be associated with such an iconic company.
MET's long history of listing audio/visual equipment includes equipment as diverse as digital satellite receivers, audio light show matrix for night clubs, Sony PlayStation kiosks, high definition plasma displays, and flash memory audio players, to name just a few.
You no longer need to rely on UL to list your consumer and commercial audio/visual equipment. Learn all the benefits of using MET for product safety certification.
|Ontario ESA Issues Important New Obligations Regarding Electrical Products Sold in Ontario - Friday, February 20, 2009|
Beginning April 1, 2009, the Electrical Safety Authority, ESA, of Ontario, Canada, has mandated that all manufacturers who currently sell electrical products in Ontario, Canada, or are planning to sell, must be registered with ESA. Registration must be complete by August 30, 2009. Registration will be required in addition to a recognized certification mark or field evaluation label on the product to be considered approved for sale in Ontario.
Following are links to pdfs issued by the ESA, that explain in greater detail the reasoning, the method and costs of registraton.
For more information about the Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority, Product Safety Regulation 438/07 and the process and guidelines visit www.esasafe.com ("Government & Regulations" and "Electrical Product Safety" sections).
|Verizon Recognizes MET for Energy Efficiency Program - Tuesday, November 25, 2008|
MET is now recognized as a Verizon ITL that is certified to conduct energy efficiency testing on telecom products purchased by Verizon. MET currently evaluates the products to the VZ.TPR.9205 document. As a result, a Telecommunication Equipment Energy Efficiency Rating (T.E.E.E.R) is obtained for the product. Verizon will require this rating on all applicable products purchased by Jan 2009. The products currently covered are AC and DC powered equipment, Customer Premise Equipment (external power adaptors), Data Center Equipment and Transport Equipment. AT&T and Quest are waiting for A.T.I.S (Alliance for Telecommunication Industry Solutions) to complete an energy efficiency standard for telecom products and they plan to adopt it as a requirement for the telecom products that they purchase.
|MET Debuts HALT/HASS Testing Services - Monday, June 30, 2008|
MET Laboratories is pleased to announce our newest testing service. Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS) are now being performed at our Santa Clara, California laboratory. Both of these testing processes use rapid temperature transition and random vibration to ensure a product will not fail under any condition in the field. These testing processes attempt to simulate failure through extreme conditions, therefore reducing development time and cost in the future. This process is the closest simulation to a real-world environment possible in the industry. Manufacturers can be assured after the HALT and HASS testing that their product has the same reliability and long-term durability as a mature product.
Learn more about this service.
|MET Santa Clara EMC Lab Features Fastest Scans in the Valley - Wednesday, March 26, 2008|
Silicon Valley's newest and best EMC facility boasts 18,000 square feet of temperature controlled test environment, a brand new, full-height, fully anechoic 10 meter chamber, a new 5 meter chamber, full immunity capabilities and state of the art wireless testing capabilities.
The 10 meter chamber in Santa Clara is now fully automated for:
- Radiated emission 10K-18GHz
- Conducted emission 10K-30MHz
MET's new dual antennae process can simultaneously prescan 30 MHz - 1 GHz and 1 GHz to 10 GHz for radiated emissions compliance in LESS than 20 minutes, the fastest in the nation.
MET's wireless testing services include FCC testing and TCB certification services for a wide range of licensed devices ranging from hand-held cellular phones to base stations and repeaters. MET performs Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) testing, SAR testing from 150MHz- 6GHz for head and body, R&TTE Notified Body review, and a wide range of RFID support for EPCglobal. MET also provides 3D antenna pattern measurements.
MET Santa Clara has expanded MIL-STD EMC capabilities, including RS103 in excess of 200 V/m from 10K-18GHz.