REGULATION: 2021 updates

15 October 2021

UKCA Certification

From the 1st of January 2021, with the exit of Great Britain from the EU, the CE marking will no longer have mandatory value for products exported to the UK (Great Britain, Scotland and Wales): it will be replaced by the British marking UKCA (i.e. UK Conformity Assessed) which is mandatory for products sold in UK.

There is a transitional period in which the CE mark will be recognized in Great Britain without the need to integrate or implement the documentation. Subsequently, starting from the 1st of January 2023, the UK government will no longer recognize the CE mark for access to the British market. Products bearing both the CE and UKCA mark will be accepted provided they comply with relevant UK and European standards.

The UKCA mark will not be recognized by the EU, which means that a machine with only the UKCA mark will not be considered CE marked, therefore is not ready to be placed on the Community market.

SIMACO has already completed the alignment procedure and from the 1st of July 2021 the product labels will be updated with the introduction of the UKCA brand. From the 1st of January 2022 all products will carry the double marking.

Ecodesign Directive

The Ecodesign Directive, also known as the ErP Directive, imposes new minimum levels of efficiency for electric motors starting from 1 July 2021 and eliminates some of the exceptions that have so far been valid.

This is the calendar of the expected deadlines:

THREE-PHASE motors

From the 1st of July 2021 the 2, 4, 6, 8 pole motors of powers between 0.75kW ÷ 1kW must be IE3, while for powers between 0.12kW ÷ 0.75kW they must be IE2.

SINGLE-PHASE motors

From the 1st of July 2023, motors with powers ≥0,12 kW must be IE2.

The SIMACO Position

Following verification tests and some changes to the windings from the 1st of July 2021, all three-phase motors have been updated according to the new legislation. Consequently, the product labels show the new efficiency data.

The tests have also shown that most of the three-phase motors from 0,12 to 0,75 kW produced by Simaco already comply with the IE3 class. This milestone is very significant because it marks an excellent result that the legislation does not contemplate even 5 years ahead. Simaco, on the other hand, is working on its single-phase range to complete the achievement of the best possible efficiency value, bearing in mind that some motors already comply with the parameters set for the 2023 deadline.

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