An interesting post EMC Man,
We believe the American made Yoder YS Pellet Grills to be far superior both in build quality & electronics to the cheaper Chinese brands imported into Australia so far so it made complete sense for us to obtain compliance for them here in Australia. Compliance testing & during which Yoder in the US completely redesigned the electronics making it full 240V and altering other parts for safety compliance. This process took tens of thousands of dollars and around 12 months to complete.
Amazing that your similar post on Australian EMC Compliance was actually removed off another of our Australian BBQ forums, go figure, safety obviously not a high priority
We went through EMC, Electrical and Safety Compliance all in Melbourne. The end result is the only legal Pellet Grill imported and sold here in Australia & New Zealand.
I found this particularly interesting http://www.emcbayswater.com.au/pdf/When_is_CE_not_CE.pdf
as this applies a Charcoal Rotisserie I saw in a BBQ store recently and also applies to at least one Chinese made Pellet Grill imported into Australia, the same also claims a compliance number, but when you look it up the only part that was actually tested was "Firelighter for Digital Pellet Grill (Component Part)"
and from what I have seen also has no Australian safety compliance which is actually dangerous.
One Chinese Pellet Grill Manufacturer has already had a massive recall in Canada a while back and another is currently facing a country wide recall in another part of the world because of misleading labeling & non compliance.
It has been an interesting journey for sure and we have learnt so much about our Laws & Compliance. As an Australian company we will not be importing anything electrical without full Compliance, its just not worth it.
I would encourage anyone looking at purchasing a Pellet Grill to ask the importer or distributor for written proof of Australian EMC, Electrical & Safety Compliance & investigate the authenticity before purchase yourself, just because CE & an approval number is written on a compliance plate, it doesn't actually mean that it is accurate or legal.
If anyone has any questions, please dont hesitate to contact me.
EMC MAN wrote:
Glad to see companies actually following the guidelines with respect to local compliance requirements. Personally seen the huge difference between a quality product that has been designed and if required subsequently modified to comply with standards! Even better if you have managed to do it all yourself!
Some importers never test in Australia and rely upon using a Testing facility such as http://www.emcbayswater.com.au/C_tick_testing_FAQs.html
to review technical documentation to verify if the applicable standards are met, such as highlighted in the ACMA help: http://www.acma.gov.au/Industry/Suppliers/Equipment-regulation/Radiocommunications-devices/devices-labelled-with-overseas-markings-fact-sheet
Glad you guys are importing good quality products to the Australian market and not cheap imports that are flooding the market from other parts of the world.
Have you seen how some entities abuse the European Compliance mark (CE)?
Check here http://www.emcbayswater.com.au/faq/when-is-a-ce-mark-not-a-ce-mark.html
Also I think you need a local representative/agent in Australia to distribute, I hope you got this covered
All the best guys with your venture and happy compliance testing