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Intertek Collaborates with Pepperl+Fuchs on First Hazardous Locations Panel Shop Project


April 14, 2016
By Business Wire News

HOUSTON

Intertek, a leading provider of quality solutions to industries worldwide, has partnered with Pepperl+Fuchs to pilot its ETL Hazardous Locations Panel Program. The collaboration marks the first complete project under Intertek’s new hazardous areas panel shop certification offering.

The Hazardous Locations Panel Program provides an alternative approach to certification for manufacturers who custom-build or mass-produce industrial control panels, which are subject to extensive and stringent conformity assessment requirements. Under the program, which includes on-site training, quarterly inspections, and annual auditing, manufacturers can produce custom control panels and conduct their own testing under Intertek’s SATELLITE™ Data Acceptance Program to certify products under the ETL mark.

“This service, which complements our existing industrial controls panel program, illustrates Intertek’s commitment to giving customers more options and flexibility to get their products to market,” said Tom Connaughton, Global Director of Business Development for Intertek. “We look forward to bringing these services to the industry and thank Pepperl+Fuchs for working with us on our first project.”

To qualify for the program, manufacturers undergo an initial audit to inspect manufacturing practices and panels that will ultimately carry ETL mark certification. Additionally, customers must produce panels that conform to national standards adopted in the USA and Canada. Intertek offers four program levels based on the protection concepts employed in the panel. Factory surveillance audits are conducted throughout the year to ensure continued compliance. Once qualified, the speed and flexibility of testing on site allows them to bring certified products, and solutions, to market more quickly.

“The integrated approach of the Intertek program greatly enhances our solutions engineering services, giving us greater flexibility to create certified solutions with best-in-class components for our customers,” said Jim Bolin, Executive Vice President – Americas at Pepperl+Fuchs. “Joining the program was a seamless, straightforward process and we’re thrilled to be the first company to participate and benefit from this offering.”

Intertek provides global solutions to the hazardous locations industry with a proven track record of success supporting clients. From the widely recognized ETL mark for North America, to ATEX and IECEx certification, Intertek’s team of engineers and technicians have the experience and know-how to help with the certification process and provide training and technical service solutions designed with the industry in mind. For more information, visit www.intertek.com/hazardous-locations.

About Intertek

Intertek is a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide. From auditing and inspection, to testing, training, advisory, quality assurance and certification, Intertek adds value for its customers by helping improve the quality and safety of their products, assets and processes. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 40,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports companies’ success in the global marketplace, by helping customers to meet end users’ expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit www.intertek.com.

About Pepperl+Fuchs

Pepperl+Fuchs is a world leader in the design, manufacture, application and support of a broad range of robust solutions to varied process automation markets and applications. A perennial Control and Control Design Reader’s Choice Award winner for intrinsic safety equipment and purge & pressurization systems, Pepperl+Fuchs has also been named by Control magazine and the ARC Advisory Group as one of the Top 50 Global Automation Companies. For more information, visit www.pepperl-fuchs.us.

For Intertek:
Nicole Stavish
Global Marketing Manager
847-431-3072
nicole.stavish@intertek.com
or
Cheryl Prejsnar
Public Relations Manager
630-481-3185
cheryl.prejsnar@intertek.com
or
For Pepperl+Fuchs:
Kristen Barbour
Product and Marketing Manager, Process Automation
330-486-0260
kbarbour@pepperl-fuchs.com