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    Discussion in 'Manufacturing processes' started by Virgule, Jun 5, 2012.

    1. Virgule

      Virgule Active Member

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      Hello fellow engineers,

      I am seeking help mainly from Canadian engineers.

      I am developing a process that will operate in Montreal, Canada and that will feature offshore technology. Some plasma units (used to pulverize metal to a fine powder) and a few classifiers (fine centrifugal filtering process) will be used and these are foreign machinery. These machines operate under a slight vacuum, require high voltage, air and water cooling, compressed air, and in the case of the plasma units, require a few specific operating gasses. I can't go further into details

      We want this equipment to operate in accordance to any needed Canadian standards in order to obtain the necessary construction and operation permits and in order to avoid any complications with production and sales. The problem is I don't know what are the requirements that we need to meet if any.

      I contacted the CSA representative of our area and she only tells me that an evaluation committee can study the operation parameters of our equipment to later schedule an inspection for accreditation. However, this process could be complicated seeing that most of the information I would have to send is sensitive. She doesn't seem to be able to tell me what are the scopes of the CSA certifications that concern me, what are the limits of these scopes and whether or not I need compliance at all.

      So does anyone have had to deal with CSA (or other) certification ? Is foreign machinery usually in need of inspection, certification, ... for operation ?

      Any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
       
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    3. steve@innovation laser

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      We deal with CSA for some of our large scale cabinets..you have to have a working sample and allow them to come into your facility and do their inspections. You'll need all of the proper documentation for such things as wiring , rain testing and things like that....we are however a us based manufacturing company in the united states. I wouldn't think it would be much different being a canadian company...let me know if you have any other questions.
       
    4. Virgule

      Virgule Active Member

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      Thanks Steve for your reply, this is the procedure I deduced from what I heard and from my conversations with a CSA representative.
       

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