EUROPEAN AMCA REGION MEETING RECAP

AMCA International hosted its annual European AMCA Region Meeting in conjunction with MCE/MOSTRA trade show at the Fiera Milano Convention Center, Italy, on March 17, 2016.
“On behalf of AMCA International and the AMCA Board of Directors, I’d like to thank the 24 members that participated in the 2016 European AMCA Region Meeting,” said Mark Stevens, Executive Director, AMCA International. “The strategic planning session was modeled after the Middle East Annual Meeting’s group breakouts, and this version was just as successful, allowing members to come together and establish regional goals and programs.”
The meeting was split into two parts: strategic planning and AMCA initiatives. The strategic planning session gave members the AMCA initiatives were discussed in several presentations on, and CETIAT’s Alain Guedel  presented on AMCA CRP capabilities in the Villeurbanne, France, lab.
“We had member companies from eight different countries, and all showed excitement for growing AMCA in Europe,” said Stevens. “The growth in Europe will continue with the strong member leadership in place.”

EUROPEAN AMCA : GUIDANCE FOR FAN MANUFACTURERS

“ATEX” DIRECTIVE 2014/34/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of February 26, 2014 on the harmonization of the laws of the member states relating to equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (recast).
Directive 94/9/EC will be repealed on April 20th, 2016. It remains fully applicable until this date. From April 20th, 2016, all applicable products placed on the market must be in compliance with Directive 2014/34/EU.
It will not be necessary to make design or physical changes to fans that already comply with Directive 94/9/EC, but EU Declarations of Conformity according to Directive 2014/34/EU must be issued instead of EC Declarations of Conformity from April 20. References to Directive 2014/34/EU must replace references to Directive 94/9/EC in published material and other relevant documentation issued for ATEX compliant fans after April 19, 2016.
For a smooth implementation of the new directive, it is recommended that you

assess the impact of the changes to be made to the documentation (e.g., Declarations of Conformity, marking, drawings, quality documentation, sales literature, website, etc.) as soon as possible. You will not have to make any changes to fans that already comply, but you should review the documentation and information labeling. ATEX codes will not change, but requirements for traceability are being tightened.
The main changes to consider are
* The EC declaration of conformity becomes an EU declaration of conformity.
* Any EC-type examination certificates become EU-type examination certificates.
* Importers (as well as manufacturers) are required to put their names and addresses
on the products.
* Manufacturer’s, importer’s and distributor’s responsibilities, with regard to placing
the products on the market (in particular requirements for traceability and market
surveillance) are more precisely defined and reinforced.
The following does not change:
* The CE marking (it concerns the European Conformity).
* The scope of the directive and its essential health and safety requirements.
* The conformity assessment procedures.
* The classification of groups and categories of equipment and the “ATEX” marking.

NB: You should not issue new declarations that refer to 2014/34/EU before April 20 or issue any declarations that refer to 94/9/EC after that date. There is no transition period.

(Note: any certificates that have been issued by suppliers according to the 94/9/EC ATEX directive will remain valid until changes are made affecting the product. In the case of modification, a new certificate with a new number under Directive 2014/34/EU must be issued.)
If you require further information; the European Commission has issued a FAQ guidance document in regard to the transition and changes. It can be downloaded here.

The European Commission have a special section on ATEX with a great deal of useful
information on their EUROPA server which can be found here.

News Update — Sept 2015

 

Here is a summary of regulatory and standards activities specifically within the EU from Neil Jones.

NOTE: Not a great deal has changed since the end of June. Various authorities, organizations, policy officers and their consultants, etc., have been busy (hopefully) preparing, drafting, editing behind mainly closed doors. October and November should see the release of information and draft documents with some meetings called at relatively short notice. I have updated the Summer Report where new information has become available.

Regulation 327/2011 “Industrial” Fans

The Review of the Regulation is nearing completion.  European AMCA and many of our members are registered as stakeholders. A joint European AMCA-Eurovent-EVIA position paper was sent to the Commission Policy Officer on 14th April. Further copies were sent to Member States representatives with a covering letter on 15th April.

At the European Commission Consultation Forum meeting on 30th April, the Commission reviewed the text of their working document line by line and made the necessary notes to fine-tune the final draft. The commenting was largely done on the basis of our joint position paper, much of which seemed to have been taken into account. We have subsequently followed up on the Consultation Forum by providing the European Commission with some further information that they needed on Industrial and Dust Conveying Fans and Car Park Jet Fans, as well as reinforcing our previously submitted paper with a follow-up statement. From now on, the progress of the revision will follow a set sequence of procedures that are largely outside of the public domain. It is unlikely that we will know exactly what the future efficiency targets to be implemented in Jan 2020 (together with possible dispensations and exemptions) will be until the Regulation is published.

The Consultants (VHK) are expected to provide the Commission with their final Impact Assessment in November.

At the very earliest we could see publication shortly before Christmas 2015, but the Policy Officer has suggested that it is more likely to be April/May 2016.

CEN TC 156/WG17 is nearing completion of its work on a Harmonised Standard, under a mandate from the European Commission, to provide instruction and guidance on compliance with Regulation 327.  It will reference other standards including EN ISO 5801 (laboratory testing of fans) and EN ISO 12759 (fan efficiency).  A productive meeting was held in Madrid at the beginning of June 2015 and the draft is almost ready for release for comment, subject to the completion of the mandatory ZA Annex.

At the next meeting to be held towards the end of October, work will resume on finalizing the draft of the former prEN 14461, Fans – Safety requirements. This will be a “product-specific” standard that may be applied to demonstrate compliance with the “Machinery Safety Directive”. The original working draft was compiled by Bill Cory, Myself and Henrik Witt.

Ventilation Units

Following the publication of the Ecodesign Regulation on residential and non-residential ventilation units, a study for the Ventilation Units Product Group has been launched to provide the European Commission with technical assistance on draft transitional methods, frequently asked questions and other technical issues. Two stakeholder meetings were foreseen according to the project plan.

At the first stakeholder meeting on 15 June 2015, the European Commission and their consultants made it clear that their main purpose in holding the meeting was to receive questions and comments for further consideration and not necessarily to provide answers on the day. It was also made clear that the purpose of the study was not to consider any revision of the Regulation, but to provide clarity and guidance with regard to its implementation.

At the outset, and in response to a question from the floor, it was stated that the European commission is still committed to the principle of “Double Regulation” and that while a Ventilation Unit (includes Box fans, Roof fans and AHUs) must comply with Regulation 1253/2014, the fans inside them must comply with Regulation 327.

Regulation 1253 defines a ‘housing’ as a casing around the impeller which guides the gas stream towards, through and from the impeller. The study has proposed a systematic approach for identifying a product as a Unidirectional Ventilation Unit based on the following considerations:

  • A ‘fan’ can be with or without a ‘housing’;
  • The housing can be considered the first layer enveloping the air stream;
  • A ‘ventilation unit’ is always configured with a casing; and
  • The ‘casing’ can be considered the second layer enveloping the air stream.

This implies that any first layer enveloping the fan air stream will be a ‘housing’ and that a Ventilation Unit will always have both a first layer (‘housing’) and a second layer (‘casing’). So a fan with just a ‘housing’ must comply with Regulation 327, whereas a fan with a ‘housing’ and a ‘casing’ is a Ventilation Unit and must comply with Regulation 1253 and the fan inside (with its housing) must comply with Regulation 327. This seems a reasonable approach to add clarity but concern was expressed at the meeting with regard to some potential problems or loopholes. The comments were noted by the Consultants and matter will be considered further.

Comments and questions about internal SFP were received from Air handling, heating and cooling manufacturers.

(Note:  requirements for SFPint do not apply to Unidirectional VUs that are not intended for use with filters.)

Further information has been requested on a correct way to specify fan efficiency for a range of operating points for a “catalogue” ventilation unit, as opposed to efficiency at the “nominal” operating point of a bespoke/contract ventilation unit.

The Draft agenda, Discussion documents and Explanatory notes are available on the study website at http://ventilationunits.eu. The ‘Questions and answers’-document planned is not due until October 2015. The main topic of the second stakeholder meeting will be this ‘Questions and answers’- document.

Material Efficiency under Ecodesign

The European Commission has issued a draft standardization request with regard to ecodesign requirements on material efficiency aspects under the Eco-design Directive. This document is a revised version of M/529 on material efficiency aspects, which had been rejected at the end of 2014. The Commission services intend to have this request and its accompanying Implementing Decision adopted in the autumn, once all the necessary consultations have been completed.

This standardization request will mandate CEN and CENELEC to develop Harmonized Standards to assess the following material efficiency aspects: Extending product lifetime; Ability to re-use components or recycle materials from products at end-of-life; Ability to recover energy from products at end-of-life; Use of re-used components and/or recycled materials in products. It also covers other aspects such as upgrade-ability, ability to extract key components for reuse, repair, recycling and treatment; calculation of recycled and re-used content in products; methods to identify components by e.g. their MTF (mean-time to failure) or environmental impact; reporting formats; reusability, recyclability and recoverability indices.

Market Surveillance (Ecopliant)

The final publishable report from the Ecopliant Market Surveillance Project is now available. The objective of Ecopliant was to help deliver the intended economic and environmental benefits of the Ecodesign Directive and provide a level playing field for businesses. It expects to achieve this by strengthening Market Surveillance and so increasing compliance with the Ecodesign Directive and the relevant implementing measures.

As part of the project, sixteen document inspections of fans driven by motors were carried out by the Market Surveillance Authority in Hungary. A “significant problem” was identified in that some products did not fulfil the product information requirements on free access websites because of the great number of product variants. Only two products complied with the requirements because of deficiencies in the technical documentation, the Declaration of Conformity and in providing information on free websites. I spoke to the head of the Hungarian MSA and was told that their expectation was to be able to look at a manufacturer’s website to find all the information as is required in Fan Efficiency Regulation 327 for every fan available by reference to model identification codes. I explained that this is not always practical because of the great number of potential product variants that have to be available to meet customers’ performance specification requirements, and that are often configured via fan selection software. However, once a selection is confirmed, the relevant efficiency data, etc., is available. His opinion was that this was a failure to comply with what is stated in the Regulation! However, he did concede that he had no reason to believe that the fans themselves were non-compliant and appropriate energy efficiency data had been made available in documents from manufacturers.

The European Commission has now attempted to clarify the legal situation at the as follows:

“If it is necessary to subscribe and then use a password, even if anyone can subscribe to the website, this is NOT considered to be a free access website. A Free Access Website is to be understood as one that can be accessed without having to pay or to provide personal information. If a regulation, however, refers to a part for professionals of free access websites, that part for professionals can require subscription through password.”

Jet Fan Standard

The revision of (EN) ISO 13350 has received approval. ISO have indicated their intention to publish any time now. Meanwhile, the thrust-based method for calculation of efficiency that is the main focus of the revision has been included in the draft revision of Regulation 327.

ATEX (Hazardous Area) Fan Standard

The revision of EN 14986 is all but complete. A meeting of the Working Group was held in Braunschweig, Germany on 17th September 2015. We are waiting to hear if the final draft standard has been approved for submittal to CEN for issue to Member States for vote.

Emergency Smoke and Heat Control Fan Standard

The revision of harmonized standard EN 12101-3 has been published and released (in English) by at least one member state. It will become the official version to be used by Notified bodies in the EU for the Certification of Smoke Control Fans once it’s publication has been announced in the Official Journal of the EU (Note: this does not normally take place until it has been published in at least three of the main languages of the EU).

The ‘Circular Economy’ Package

In July 2014, the Commission published its so-called Circular Economy Package that was composed of a Communication on Circular economy and a proposal for the review of waste legislation. In December 2014, the Commission announced the withdrawal of the Package and subsequently declared its new objective to propose a more ambitious package by the end of 2015. It will focus on concrete measures that will cover the whole value chain from the extraction of raw materials to recycling and will contribute to EU objectives such as the Energy Union, the climate objectives and resource efficiency.

The European Commission has now launched a public consultation on the “Circular Economy”. The consultation will run until 20 August and on 25 June the Commission held a conference in Brussels that will feed into the consultation process.

 

Neil Jones

28th September 2015

News Update — June 2015

European AMCA Marketing Committee

European AMCA established its own marketing committee, chaired by Renato Zorat, Export Sales Director from Maico Italia S.p.A. The committee’s vice chair is Paul Wenden of Twin City Fan International. The first committee meeting was held in Milan on 27 October 2014, and the second meeting was held in Frankfurt on 11 March 2015. European AMCA members interested in joining the committee can contact Michael Ivanovich at mivanovich@amca.org.

Fan 2015 Conference and White Paper

Fan 2015, an international technical forum for the fan industry, was held 15–17 April 2015, in Lyon, France. Fan 2015 is hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Centre Technique des Industries Mécaniques (CETIM) and Centre Technique des Industries Aérauliques et Thermiques (CETIAT). It attracted 300 attendees from 17 countries, with authors from every global region presenting 70 technical papers. Chairman of the Fan 2015 Organizing Committee Geoff Sheard published a white paper for AMCA that summarises each of the presentations and technical papers. The white paper also provides a review of the industry’s past, present and future research agenda. This paper is available at no cost on AMCA’s website at www.amca.org/whitepapers.

European Regulations

Regulatory development in the European Union has been exceptionally busy. The following summarizes many of the regulatory actions underway.

Regulation 327/2011, Industrial Fans

The review of the regulation is nearing completion.  European AMCA and many of our members are registered as stakeholders. A joint European AMCA/Eurovent/EVIA position paper was sent to the Commission Policy Officer on 14 April 2015. Copies were sent with a cover letter to Member State representatives the next day.

At the consultation forum meeting on 30 April, the Commission reviewed the text of their working document line by line and made the necessary notes to fine-tune the final draft.

The commenting was largely done on the basis of a joint position paper. Many comments seem to have been taken into account. European AMCA has subsequently followed up on the consultation forum by providing the European Commission with more information on industrial and dust-conveying fans and car park jet fans. It also reinforced our previously submitted paper with a follow-up statement. From now on, the progress of the revision follows a set sequence of procedures largely outside of the public domain.

CEN TC 156/WG17

This nearing completion of its work on a harmonised standard. Under a mandate from the European Commission, it is to provide instruction and guidance on compliance with Regulation 327.   It will reference other standards, including EN ISO 5801 (Laboratory Testing of Fans) and EN ISO 12759 (Fan Efficiency).   A productive meeting was held in Madrid at the beginning of June 2015, and the draft is almost ready for release for comment, subject to the completion of a mandatory annex. At the next meeting, due to be held at end of October, work will resume on finalizing the draft of the former prEN 14461, Fans – Safety Requirements.

Ventilation Units

Following the publication of the Ecodesign Regulation on residential and non-residential ventilation units, a study for the Ventilation Units Product Group has been launched to provide the European Commission with technical assistance on draft transitional methods, frequently asked questions and other technical issues. According to the project plan, two stakeholder meetings are foreseen. At the first stakeholder meeting on 15 June 2015, the overall focus will be on the scope of Regulation 1253/2014 and Delegated Regulation 1254/2014 (Labelling of Residential Ventilation Units), dealing mainly with definitions of unidirectional ventilation units (e.g., roof fans) and on the draft transitional methods to determine the internal specific fan power (SFPint)for non-residential ventilation units. Also, some clarification on articles of the regulation will be given, and questions from stakeholders received so far will be summarized. The draft agenda, discussion document on UVU and explanatory note on SFPint are available on the study website. The “Questions and Answers” document planned is not due until October of 2015. The main topic of the second stakeholder meeting will be this document.

Material Efficiency Under Ecodesign

The European Commission has issued a draft standardization request in regard to requirements on material efficiency aspects under the Ecodesign directive. This document is a revised version of M/529 on material efficiency aspects, which had been rejected at the end of 2014. The commission services intend to have this request and its accompanying implementing decision adopted in the fall, once all the necessary consultations have been completed.

This standardization request will require that CEN and CENELEC to develop harmonized standards to assess the following material efficiency aspects: product lifetime extension, the ability to reuse components or recycle materials from products at end-of-life, the ability to recover energy from products at end-of-life, and the use of reused components and/or recycled materials in products. It also covers other aspects, such as upgrades; the ability to extract key components for reuse, repair, recycling and treatment; calculation of recycled and reused content in products; methods to identify components by, for example, their mean time to failure or environmental impact; reporting formats; and reusability and recoverability indices.

Market Surveillance (Ecopliant)

The final, publishable report from the Ecopliant project is now available. The objective of Ecopliant was to help deliver the intended economic and environmental benefits of the Ecodesign directive and provide a level playing field for businesses. It is expected to achieve this by strengthening market surveillance and so increasing compliance with the Ecodesign directive and relevant implementing measures.

Jet Fan Standard

The revision of EN ISO 13350 has been approved.   Some final editorial corrections have been sent to ISO for inclusion in the still-pending publication. Meanwhile, the thrust-based method for the calculation of efficiency – the main focus of the revision – has been included in the draft revision of Regulation 327.

ATEX (Hazardous Area) Fan Standard

At a meeting of the Working Group in Rome on 11 & 12 March 2015, it was decided that a further meeting would be needed to complete the final draft revised in September. Agreement still needs to be reached on safe material pairings and related acceptability criteria for ATEX Category  3 fans. It is intended that Member State mirror groups meet beforehand to agree on their positions.

Emergency Smoke and Heat Control Fan Standard

The revision of EN 12101-3 received a positive vote from a majority of Member States. News of its publication from CEN TC 191 is forthcoming.

The Circular Economy Package

In July 2014, the Commission published its circular economy package, composed of a communication on circular economy and a proposal for the review of waste legislation. In December of 2014, the Commission announced the withdrawal of the package and subsequently declared its new objective: to propose a more ambitious package by the end of 2015. It will focus on concrete measures that will cover the whole value chain, from the extraction of raw materials to recycling. It will contribute to EU objectives, as well, such as the Energy Union, the climate objectives and resource efficiency.

The European Commission has now launched a public consultation on the circular economy. The consultation will run until 20 August, and on 25 June, the Commission will host a conference in Brussels that will feed into the consultation process. For more information, visit their website.

NOW: European Commission Conference Live Streaming

The European Commission is live streaming its international conference on heating and cooling right now, as of 15:42 Central European Time.

Watch it here.

News Update — Jan. 2015

Here is a summary of regulatory and standards activities within the EU.

Regulation 640/2009 Electric Motors

The European Commission launched a preparatory study for a further regulation, with the intention of extending the scope to include, amongst other things, single-phase motors, power outputs from 0.120 kW to 1000 kW and Variable Speed Drives.  The preliminary study was completed and a Consultation Forum meeting held on 29th September 2014.  As the current regulation was also due for review, the proposal in the working document is to repeal Regulation 640/2009 and replace it with single regulation with extended scope.  The proposed draft regulation is now being prepared for presentation to the Interservice (Internal) Consultation Forum, which will probably take place in March/April 2015.

If all goes to plan, Tier 1 requirements will be implemented 1st January 2017.  Tier 2 requirements will be implemented 1st January 2018.

Regulation 327/2011 Industrial Fans

This Regulation was published 30th March 2011.  It defines FMEG minimum target efficiencies for fans (and impellers), regardless of whether or not they are supplied with a motor.  Fans with an electrical input power consumption of 0.125 kW to 500kW are included in the scope.

Tier 1 requirements were implemented 1st January 2013.  Tier 2 requirements will be implemented 1st January 2015.

A Review of the Regulation has begun.  European AMCA and many of our members are registered as stakeholders.  The second Stakeholder meeting took place in Brussels on 22nd January 2015.  The European Commission Consultants are still working through comments received on their proposals in order to complete the preparatory study for presentation and discussion at the Consultation Forum.

CEN TC 156/WG17 is progressing with the work on a Harmonised Standard, under a mandate from the European Commission, to provide instruction and guidance on compliance with Regulation 327.  It will reference other standards, including EN ISO 5801 (laboratory testing of fans) and EN ISO 12759 (fan efficiency).  The last meeting was held in London in December 2014 and the next meeting will take place in Frankfurt on 23rd & 24th February 2015.

Ventilation Units

An Ecodesign Regulation on residential and non-residential ventilation units (NRVUs) was adopted on 7th July 2014.  Box Fans and Roof Fans with flow rates from 250 m3/hr and 1000 m3/hr come within the definition of NRVUs.

The Regulation has been published.  Tier 1 requirements will be implemented on 1st January 2016, and Tier 2 requirements will be implemented on 1st January 2018.

The European Commission has issued a mandate for the drafting of a supporting Harmonised Standard.  The work will probably progress in CEN TC WG/17.

Material Efficiency Under Ecodesign

The European Commission issued a standardization request with regard to ecodesign requirements on material efficiency aspects: recyclability, recoverability, reusability, reversible, disassembly and end of life extraction time. The request was not accepted by CEN and CENELEC. A task force has begun work in a joint effort to produce a “refined” version that is acceptable to all parties.

Market Surveillance (Ecopliant)

The European Ecodesign Compliance Project is intended to provide help and guidance to European Member States’ Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) to enable a best-practice, uniform approach and a strengthening of Market Surveillance throughout the EU.  The project is run by a consortium of National Government policy leads and MSAs from 10 Member states.  From time to time, the consortium meets with a small appointed Industry Advisory Group.  A draft of the final project reports and recommendations (due to be published in April 2015) has been circulated for final comments.

Jet Fan Standard

The revision of EN ISO 13350 has received approval.  Some final editorial corrections have been sent to ISO for inclusion in the publication.  Members of the working group are evaluating the application of thrust-based efficiency estimation with a view to making a recommendation to the European Commission on the best way forward in defining/setting efficiency targets.

ATEX (Hazardous Area) Fan Standard

This standard is nearing completion of its revision.  The final draft EN is in preparation and will hopefully be completed during a two day meeting of the Working Group in Rome on 11th & 12th March 2015

Emergency Smoke and Heat Control Fan Standard

The revision of EN 12101-3 has received a positive vote from a majority of Member States.  Before the Revised Standard is published, it is possible that the Working Group will need to reconvene for a meeting to deal with some of the comments received.  Some instruction from CEN TC 191 is forthcoming.

2nd Stakeholder Meeting to Examine Review Study of Fan Regulation 327/2011

The following is a message regarding the review study of Fan Regulation 327/2011. It was sent by the VHK study team’s Roy van den Boorn.


The 2nd stakeholder meeting related to the review study of the fan regulation, will take place on the 22nd January 2015 at the European Commission’s premises in Brussels.

Date: 22 January 2015

Location: Conference Centre Albert Borschette, room 0C, Brussels
Time: 9:30 – 17:30

Registration for the meeting is possible until the 14th of January, 23.59h. You are invited to register at the project website at http://www.fanreview.eu/meetings/ , providing your contact details, nationality and affiliation.

The (draft) agenda will follow the study team discussion document of 25.11.2014, that can be downloaded at  www.fanreview.eu/documents.htm . There you will also find stakeholder comments and position papers as well as previous documents by the study team. Legislation that is quoted in the discussion document can be found in the ‘Links’ section of the website at www.fanreview.eu/contact_links.htm .

Draft agenda: Reception at 9.30h. Meeting starts at 10.00h and finishes at 17:30h (the latest), with a 1 hour lunch break.  Topics: 1. Welcome, amendment/approval of agenda and announcements. 2.  Discussion document study team. 3. Any other business.

The capacity of the meeting venue is 80 seats, which is usually more than sufficient. In case the number of registrations exceeds the capacity, it may be needed to restrict participation per company/association, and to apply the principle of first come, first served.

If and when the number of registrants exceeds 80% of the stated capacity, there will be

  1. a) a warning on the project website that your registration may not be accepted and your name will be added to a waiting list,
  2. b) a similar warning in the response e-mail following the registration,
  3. c) on the 15th of January at the latest, a notification by e-mail whether your registration is accepted or not.

After the 15th of January, if your registration is accepted, you will receive an E-pass or similar directly from the European Commission services that will give you access to the Centre Conference Albert Borschette.