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Cary, NC, United States, 2009/07/23 - CertifiGroup, a Cary NC company, is providing service to manufacturers and designers of wind turbine technologies for commercial and residential installation.
Do you know which UL, CSA and international Standards are correct for this category of equipment? How does product safety regulatory affect design and production timelines? Can a designer or manufacturer of this equipment gain an advantage in the marketplace by understanding these questions and acting on the information? There are many brilliant minds, entrepreneurs, mechanical and electrical specialists working on these technologies, but most of them are missing this critical information. CertifiGroup is providing free consultation to give these innovators a head start, and avoid costly delays at critical milestones.
Since the breaking of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) monopoly, other testing laboratories can provide genuinely helpful customer service to small businesses and first-time designers. The new CertifiGroup alternative energy program will help insure these manufacturers and designers have every advantage in the marketplace.
Brad Collison, Engineering Manager at CertifiGroup, reports that the initial meetings with designers of wind turbines are very enlightening for everyone involved in the project. “In most cases, there was little consideration given to the product safety process. In all of these project working sessions, the designers had little or no knowledge of the UL and other Standards they needed to comply with”. The same holds true with investors and venture capital interests. “The timelines being laid out are incorrect. These manufacturers are going to face some uncomfortable questions from investors when milestones are missed because of design mistakes or testing laboratory delays. In one venture capital presentation I saw, the entire subject was missing,” said Collison. “This is a recipe for disaster, since competitors who have the knowledge will have the edge”.
Many designers have to go back to the drawing board because the product safety regulations were not considered early on, or the product was submitted to the lab and had electrical construction or test failures. The difficulty is that companies like UL don’t offer any design assistance – they simply tell you if the product fails evaluation or testing, then you have to try and figure out how to go back and get it right. This can take several attempts without help. The solution to all testing laboratory difficulties is genuine assistance in the design or prototype phase of product development. This is where CertifiGroup comes in. This free service will assist our designers and manufacturers of energy-saving products, and help our communities and our world become more environmentally friendly.
The new Wind Turbine technology is exciting. There are names like “Helix Wind”, “Quiet Revolution”, “Super Turbine”, “Sky Serpent”, loop wing and eggbeater designs, air generators, kites, spiral turbines. The opportunities are great, and the imagination of these designers is unlimited. But also, there are investors ready to ride the tide, stimulus monies to be had, local and state programs and laws encouraging this innovative and important Green technology work.
In the normal course of business, CertifiGroup handles a wide variety of equipment and product certifications, everything from lighting products to medical equipment to explosive atmosphere industrial systems. These projects require experience in the array of Standards available, such as UL, CSA, ANSI, ASTM and NFPA Standards. If the designer knows the Standard and how to build equipment to comply and pass testing, this process can go smoothly, sometimes going from submittal to certification in just a few weeks. These free sessions can potentially save thousands of dollars and help avoid delays the make the differences between success and failure of a product, or even a company.
CertifiGroup (certifigroup.com) also provides UL certifications, and has assisted many manufacturers in selling products in the Western Hemisphere, Europe and worldwide.
Contact Certifigroup to make an appointment for the free Green Design Assistance service. This program also includes Solar and other Green and Energy-Saving products.