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Fuseholders To Meet New Standard for Improved Fire Safety

SCHURTER is upgrading its fuseholder portfolio to meet the new IEC/EN 60127-6 standard, which becomes effective in October 2017. The revised standard outlines new requirements for enhanced fire safety. Consistent with its legacy of being first to market with internationally approved shock-safe fuseholders, SCHURTER continues to provide customers with components approved by the most current industry standards.

An increased demand for more stringent fire safety standards is the result of hazards associated with appliances that are operating without supervision, such as coffee machines, dryers or high-powered heaters. Accordingly, the IEC/EN 60127-6 requires that all manufacturers of fuseholders and appliance inlets with integrated fuseholders must test the glow-wire resistance of the materials they are using and, where necessary, replace non-compliant material with new glow-wire resistant material. Manufacturers are given a transition period through autumn 2017. All manufacturers are required to supply only products compliant to the new standard following the cut off date at the beginning of October 2017.

About 80 of the SCHURTER product types are affected by the revised standard. The company is currently in the process of testing and converting the assortment of fuseholders and appliance inlets with integrated fuseholders that meet the new requirements. SCHURTER continues its commitment to providing high quality and reliable products to its customers worldwide.

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