Posted on: July 1, 2014

What is the TUV?

TUV is a safety-testing laboratory with headquarters in Germany. The TUV laboratory provides a comprehensive testing and certification services for products manufactured for the global marketplace and can test products for compliance with IEC or VDE requirements.

TUV is a German term, short for Technischer Überwachungsverein, and which means Technical Inspection Association in English.

The laboratory carries out the testing of products that are used in modern life on a daily basis. Some of these products include medical, telecommunication, home appliances, audio, video, office equipment, and other electrical equipment. The tests are done to check and confirm that the products are compliant with various global standards such as the EMC, NRTL or cTUVus, IEC, VDE, and International Approvals specific to the destination country.

What is the TUV

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Electrical Safety Testing

The TUV testing laboratories are equipped to carry out different tests on a wide range of electrical and electronic equipment. This enables them to cater for manufacturers of telecommunication, information technology, laboratory equipment, white and brown goods, and much more.

Testing electrical equipment is one way of ensuring that they comply with relevant standards, regulations and directives. The testing, which may be partial or full, enables the product manufacturers to meet safety standards and customer requirements, hence preventing faulty or unsafe equipment from entering the markets.

By testing and certifying that their products meet applicable safety standards, the manufacturers show that they have confidence in their products, while sending a message on their commitment to user safety. When equipment is tested before being released into the market, it saves the manufacturer from expensive product recalls as well as numerous potential litigations.

TUV provides services such as testing, inspections, training, certification, and other services that help manufacturers build and maintain consistent quality. They use the current directives and regulatory requirements to carry out their testing throughout the product lifecycle, hence allowing manufacturers to take corrective measures along the way.

Some of the areas tested include:

  • General Construction of the product
  • Equipment assembly
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Fire enclosure
  • Physical requirements such as stability
  • Power supply and wiring connections
  • Protective earth and grounding
  • Label Requirements
  • Marking
  • Environmental testing
  • Electromagnetic interference testing
  • Product performance and reliability testing

These tests are carried out in their laboratory spread across several cities in the world. However, for plant equipment and other products that can only be tested in the field, TUV carries out the required tests at the customer’s site where the equipment is installed.

TUV ensures that customers who get the certified products gets efficient equipment that are safe and capable of serving them well. Manufacturers with certified products that meet the global standards have better chances over competitors whose products are uncertified or that do not meet the recommended safety and operational standards.