The Industrial Feature Set: Industrial Certification

Publish Date: Mar 15, 2011 | 4 Ratings | 5.00 out of 5 |  PDF


This document is part of a comprehensive tutorial on industrial Digital I/O and Counter/Timer hardware. Learn about National Instruments product offerings for digital and timing I/O, the Industrial Feature Set including watchdog timers and isolation, complementary devices like relays, solenoids and encoders, concepts like sinking and sourcing, and see how these devices can be used in your industrial application.

For more information return to the Complete Industrial Digital I/O and Counter/Timer Tutorial

Table of Contents

  1. What are Industrial Certifications?
  2. Recommended Products that Feature Industrial Certifications
  3. Overview of Different Industrial Certifications

1. What are Industrial Certifications?

National Instruments (NI) products intended for sale and use in worldwide markets comply with the applicable international requirements for product safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), quality, and for use in hazardous locations. All digital and timing I/O products are certified with CE, FCC and C-Tick markings.

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2. Recommended Products that Feature Industrial Certifications

NI 6509
NI 6514
NI 6515
NI 6528
NI 6602
NI 6624

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3. Overview of Different Industrial Certifications

European Union EMC & Safety Compliance Declaration
The European Conformity (CE) marking is affixed to products with input of 50 - 1,000 Vac or 75 - 1,500 Vdc and/or for products which may cause or be affected by electromagnetic disturbance. The CE marking symbolizes conformity of the product with the applicable Community requirements. CE is the manufacturer or suppliers' self-declaration allowing products to circulate freely within the Community. NI products meet the essential requirements of Directives 89/336/EEC (EMC) and 73/23/EEC (product safety), and comply with the relevant standards. Standards for Measurement, Control and Laboratory Equipment include EN 55011 and EN 61326 for EMC, and EN 61010-1 for product safety.

FCC - North American EMI Verification
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enacted electromagnetic-interference (EMI) regulations for various products such as transmitters, receivers, information technology, and similar microprocessor-based equipment. To streamline authorization procedures for computers and similar devices, and to align FCC requirements with those of world markets, the FCC amended Parts 2 and 15 allowing manufacturers' self-authorization. NI products comply with U.S. FCC and Industry Canada EMI Verification requirements for a Class A digital device according to FCC Part 15 and ICES-003.

C-Tick - Australian EMC Compliance Declaration
To limit potential problems of electromagnetic interference (EMI), the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) introduced an EMC protection framework requiring EMC compliance for electronic products. The C-Tick Mark along with the supplier's registration number indicates that the product complies with Australian EMI standard AUS/NZ 2064 and establishes a traceable link between the product and the manufacturer.

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