Measurement Canada Enhances Recognition of MET Laboratories to Include EMC Testing of Electricity Meters

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MET Laboratories’ recognition by Measurement Canada, an agency of the federal Department of Industry, to test electricity meters as a Recognized Test Facility has been reaffirmed following a recent review of the laboratories’ capabilities. MET continues to be able to provide accuracy test results used by the Canadian federal government in its approval of electricity meters for use in the Canadian marketplace. Electricity meter types include watt hour, VA hour, var hour energy meters and watt, VA, and var, demand meters.

MET Laboratories’ recognition by Measurement Canada, an agency of the federal Department of Industry, to test electricity meters as a Recognized Test Facility has been reaffirmed following a recent review of the laboratories’ capabilities. MET continues to be able to provide accuracy test results used by the Canadian federal government in its approval of electricity meters for use in the Canadian marketplace. Electricity meter types include watt hour, VA hour, var hour energy meters and watt, VA, and var, demand meters.

MET, as an accredited ISO 17025 Test Facility, was first designated in September, 2007 by Measurement Canada as a Recognized Test Facility under its RT-01 program. MET was, and continues to be, the only organization authorized to test electricity meters under this program.

This recognition from Measurement Canada allows MET Laboratories to test previously approved energy and demand meters that have been modified and must be re-submitted for approval. Possible meter modifications include firmware upgrades, hardware changes, and other modifications.

In Canada, all electricity meters for use in residential and commercial applications must be approved by Measurement Canada. Delays in receiving Measurement Canada approval can occur due to high manufacturer demand for approval services. As a Recognized Test Facility, MET Laboratories’ meter test results are accepted by Measurement Canada in support of applications for approval. Upon satisfactory completion of testing, MET issues a test report to the meter manufacturer. The manufacturer will present that report to Measurement Canada for assessment. Measurement Canada will use the MET Laboratories report test results in establishing approval status for a given meter. MET testing streamlines the approval process by reducing or eliminating the need for testing by Measurement Canada’s laboratory, potentially saving months of wait time. Manufacturers using MET facilities for approvals testing also gain access to a higher priority approvals queue at Measurement Canada, further reducing the time to receive approval of a modified meter.

“We are pleased to again be recognized by Measurement Canada as the only independent lab capable of doing electricity meter testing for the Canadian market,” said MET President Rob Frier. “We have been performing meter testing for over 30 years, and this recognition confirms our special competency in it.”

MET Labs is a leader in testing and certifying electricity meters to meet requirements in North America and around the world. MET tests to ANSI C12.1, ANSI C12.20, Measurement Canada LMB-EG-07, and IEC 62052-11, IEC 62053-21,
IEC 62053-22 for accuracy; UL 61010 and CSA 22.2 No. 61010.1 for product safety; EN 62052-11, ANSI C62.41, ANSI C37.90.1:1989 & ANSI C37.90.1:2002 for surge testing; ANSI C12.1 for electrical fast transients, electrostatic discharge, radiated immunity, and surge & voltage dip testing.

ABOUT MET LABORATORIES: As the U.S.’s first OSHA-licensed Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, MET Laboratories is an internationally-recognized resource for regulatory certification of electrical products for the worldwide marketplace. Testing covers a wide range of regulatory, commercial and military standards. MET provides testing services required for specific certifications needed to establish product safety, electro-magnetic compatibility, environmental hardiness, telecom, metering, fiber optic, wireless and RFID compliance.

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