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It is known that there are very high and demanding standards for lift equipment safety. Of course, dealing with the public’s wellbeing requires the following safety regulations and guidelines.

The EU Lift Directive 2014/33/EU provides the guidelines for the safety and reliability of “lifts permanently serving buildings and constructions”.

The directive defines a lift as “a lifting appliance serving specific levels, having a carrier moving along guides which are rigid and inclined at an angle of more than 15 degrees to the horizontal, intended for the transport of persons, persons and goods, goods alone if the carrier is accessible, that is to say a person may enter it without difficulty, and fitted with controls situated inside the carrier or within reach of a person inside the carrier.”

Other devices covered by the directive include:

  • Devices for locking landing doors.
  • Devices to prevent falls referred to in Section 3.2 of Annex I to prevent the car from falling or unchecked upward movements.
  • Overspeed limitation devices.
  • Energy-accumulating shock absorbers: both nonlinear and with damping of the return movement and energy-dissipating shock absorbers.
  • Safety devices fitted to the hydraulic power circuit jacks which are used as devices to prevent falls.
  • Electric safety devices in the form of safety switches containing electronic components.

How does this affect manufacturers and service providers?

The application of the directive described above means that manufacturers and service providers need to comply with the directive requirements in order to get certified and to ensure that their clients and final consumers are safe.

There are different steps the manufacturer or service provider needs to take in order to achieve compliance with the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU. One of these important steps is the verification and certification of the lifts.

EU Lift Directive

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Lift verification and certification according to Lift Directive 2014/33/EU

Lift verification and certification according to the directive involves a series of activities that focus on guaranteeing safety and reliability. The most relevant are:

Design verification

It refers to evaluating diagrams and specifications in regards to codes, norms, purchase specifications and applicable legal requirements.

Lift homologation

In order to homologate, lift tests and inspections are carried out and include specifications, codes, directives and norms applicable to the lifts and their components.

Lift inspections and audits

Performing inspections and audits correctly requires a thorough examination of the mechanical, structural, electrical and safety systems, including cables and chains.

Lift testing

This is usually the last step of an inspection, since it refers to supervising the performance tests independently in order to guarantee that the parameters measured are correct for safe operation.

The transposition of the lift directive with Presidential Decree 23/2017

Presidential Decree 23/2017 was published in the Official Gazette on 03/15/2017. It refers to the “Regulation concerning amendments of the President of the Republic decree of 30 April 1999, n. 162, for the implementation of Directive 2014/33 / EU relating to lifts, their safety components as well as for their operation”.

ALPI, the Association of Laboratories and Certification and Inspection Organization has published an extract from the Official Gazette of 03/15/2017 no. 62 on its website, containing the new “Lift Decree 2017”.

Lift verification and certification with Check Engineering and Services

Check Ingegneria e Servizi is an Italian company that issues the verification and certification of lifts, according to the Presidential Decree number 162 of the 30th of April of 1999, as their core business.

In fact, their main objective is to guarantee the correct operation of elevation system safety devices and other types of systems in general.

These systems include, but are not limited to:

  • Building lifts according to the Presidential Decree number 162 of the 30th of April of 1999.
  • Cranes and other lifting equipment according to Ministerial Decree of the 11th of April of 2011.
  • Fire prevention and periodic verification of grounding systems.
  • Verification of motorized gates according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42 / CE.
Check ingegneria e servizi

Photo da www.checkingegneria.it

 

Therefore, Check Engineering and Services takes lift verification and certification very seriously in order to guarantee safety.

They offer biannual verifications of building lifts and lifting platforms that guarantees client compliance with the Presidential Decree.

As described above, all these verifications require different tests and measures to be taken. Therefore, precise and reliable equipment is required to ensure that the results produce the desired safety. A false result or inaccurate measurement may be catastrophic.

SAMA Tools Lift Industry Instrument Kit: The solution

Check Ingegneria e Servizi has chosen our lift industry instrument kit to carry out lift verifications and certifications for their clients to ensure compliance with the European directive and the Presidential Decree described above. Our kit is also compliant with the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU, and equips them with all the tools they need, including:

  • Analog force gauge
  • Tachometer
  • Luxmeter
  • Pressure gauge
  • Insulation tester
  • Clamp meter
  • IP67 Caliper

All these instruments are delivered in a carrying case with the corresponding calibration report.

In addition, Check Ingegneria e Servizi relies on Sama Italia to keep their instruments calibrated by sending them to us periodically for calibration certification.

Calibration plays an important role in guaranteeing that their activities provide highly accurate results. You can learn more about instrument calibration here.

Periodic verification on the lift directive

As we have already explained, in addition to lift industry instruments, we offer a wide variety of non-destructive testing tools and measuring instruments for different purposes, as the mechanical field.

Because our mission is to support our customers in their quality control activities, we strive to provide them with the best solutions to satisfy their needs every day. Here you can read our customers’ feedback.

Check Ingegneria e Servizi is one of many companies that have trusted us with their business and is always careful with quality control.

Therefore, if you need help with lift industry instruments or would like advice on the best instrument for your specific needs, do not hesitate to contact our technical department.

You can reach us at 0584/392342 – 0584/392453 or, alternatively, fill in the online form to contact us in writing.

 

Measuring and control instruments are very important resources in any production process. Along any process, there are many parameters and properties that need to be cared for with precision to guarantee high quality standards are met.

So, how to choose the best supplier for measuring and control instruments?

5 aspects to consider when selecting your measuring and control instruments supplier

There are different aspects you should consider when selecting your measuring and control instruments provider. The most important ones are the following:

1. Quality of the instruments

This may sound obvious, but the quality of the measuring and control instruments is of uttermost importance, since this will have a great impact on the result of your Quality Control (QC) and your Quality Assurance (QA) activities.

For example, S.A.M.A. Italia is a UNI EN ISO 9001 certified company, a certification that definitely confirms that you are choosing a supplier with clear procedures, aimed at providing an accurate service.

It is a supplier that operates all over the world through its own SAMA Tools brand.

I believe it is reliable and experienced, from which you can make sure you get hight quality tools.

Moreover, all their instruments are manufactured to comply with the relevant standards.

2. Calibration

As defined by the experts at SAMA Tools, “calibration means to identify metrological characteristics of a measuring instrument and it may be defined as a “photograph” of the instrument in its current state. It is the result of a comparison with a reference sample and it does not contemplate the adjustment of the instrument.”

This is an important aspect because it can happen that you get a “quality” instrument but which is not calibrated, so it may need adjustment. The result is an instrument that does not work properly and it will only create problems.

To prevent this from happening, SAMA Tools offers calibration services and supplies Laboratory Test Reports in compliance with UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025 and ACCREDIA certificates on all their instruments, but also on equipment you already own and of other brands.

How often should the measuring instruments be calibrated? We talked about this here.

3. Destructive or non-destructive testing instruments?

When we speak about measuring and control instruments, we can speak about two categories: destructive testing instruments and non-destructive testing instruments.

As the name implies, destructive testing requires altering or destroying the sample in order to identify mechanical characteristics.

If you want to carry out measurements and controls in your production process without damaging your sample, the best alternative is non-destructive testing, such as:

  • Visual tests
  • Flaw inspection
  • Roughness measure and control
  • Ultrasonic thickness control
  • Coating thickness control
  • Hardness testing
  • Environmental control

This will allow you to identify properties and mechanical features directly on the final product without damaging it. And SAMA Tools offers you the best instruments for each of these tests.

4. Technical support

When we see the words “technical support”, most of us immediately think  about fixing or repair. However, the technical support you should look for when selecting your measuring and control instruments provider must be a more holistic kind of service.

As SAMA Tools Export Manager Martina Guatteri, expresses it: “It is well known that every successful company has an excellent after-sales assistance.” Yes, this should be part of what you should look for, but as she also says, pre-sales assistance is also very important.

The goal is to find a supplier that can really understand your needs and provide you with the best solution, instead of having to be adjusting until you get “something close to what you wanted”.

Moreover, having a good technical support means making sure you won’t have any problems while using the instruments, and that you won’t need a long time to learn how the instrument is used.

SAMA Tools offers all their customers a holistic metrological consultancy service and they take care of your needs from the very beginning. They help you become an independent user of their instruments, with expert technicians that will assist you during installation, if required, and during the first measurements. And you will gain notions that go far beyond reading a manual.

5. Do you need portable instruments?

It is not always possible to install an instrument in a laboratory or within the process to measure and control important parameters. Most of the time, when dealing with QC and QA, you need to measure “on the fly” and this means having a portable and light tool, suitable for measuring in the field.

SAMA Tools can provide you with a wide range of portable tools while maintaining the highest quality on the market.

  • Portable surface roughness testers
Portable surface roughness testers

In photo: SAMA Tools portable surface roughness testers

  • Ultrasonic thickness gauges
Precision ultrasonic thickness gauge

In photo: SAMA Tools precision ultrasonic thickness gauge

  • Ultrasonic flaw detectors
Ultrasonic flaw detectors

In photo: user with ultrasonic flaw detectors

  • Portable external load cell torque testers
Portable external load cell torque testers

In photo: SAMA Tools portable external load cell torque testers

  • Micrometers and calipers
Micrometers and calipers

In photo: SAMA Tools micrometers and calipers

  • Sound level meters

In photo: SAMA Tools sound level meters

  • Luxmeters
Luxmeters

In photo: SAMA Tools Luxmeter

  • Moisture meters
Moisture meters

In photo: SAMA Tools moisture meters

  • Infrared thermometers

In photo: SAMA Tools infrared thermometers

  • Portable pH meters
Portable pH meters

In photo: SAMA Tools portable pH meters

  • And many more…
SAMA Tools measuring instruments

In photo: SAMA Tools measuring instruments

What if I am an international customer?

Being a worldwide leader in measuring control and instruments, as it was mentioned above, SAMA Tools exports its products all over the world.

You can count on the Export Manager, Martina Guatteri, specialized in customs procedures, who will be able to provide you with the necessary help in any customs procedures required, and on Beatrice Roni, who is equally available to help you in the purchase phase and obtain the best instruments for your application.

You can contact them!

 

Feedback from the world

Below you can find some feedback that we recently received from three clients based outside Italy.

The first one is a video review that sent us Emre Sari of Sarilar Dis Tic Ltd Sti, a company based in Turkey that provides highest quality hazelnuts.

To ensure the high quality of their hazelnuts, they constantly monitor the humidity level, using our Moistures meters – SA7825G.

In addition, Sarilar has assumed the role of supplier of SAMA Tools brand, providing these moistures meters to its customers on the Turkish territory, for a better quality control of their final products.

Listen to the video review, or read the transcription below, and if you want to know more, read:

“Quality Control in the Hazelnut Production: The case of Sarilar”

 

The second feedback comes from Spain, from a company certified for the production of Flow meters.

“Very good service and counseling during the purchase. The instrument working as expected without any problems.”

Marcel Caballero – Guadarrama-Flow, S.L.

 

The third one comes from Romania, from a company in the metal packaging sector. It provides solutions to some of the world’s most recognizable brands.

“For several years we were looking for an equipment to improve our quality incoming goods system. We faced issues with the curing of the lacquer on our raw material sheets for which was difficult to prove the cause of the nonconformity. By using SAAB521 Solvent Rub Resistance Tester we succeeded to have the expected results, to put in place a procedure and more than that extended it to our suppliers in order to have the same measurement system. I highly recommend it.”

Andrea Nedelcu

Why I recommend SAMA Tools as your measuring and control instruments supplier?

So far, I have showed you that SAMA Tools ticks all the boxes to be considered a first-class measuring and control instruments provided.

What’s more, from my experience having direct contact with them, the attitude and clarity in their communication makes you feel sure you are in the right hands.

In addition, you can subscribe for free to their English newsletter and get a nice freebie in the process. You’ll be getting valuable information in the form of an ebook.

If, on the other hand, you are from Italy, subscribe to the Italian newsletter edited by the marketing manager Fabiana Fanti.

This combination of high-quality products and services makes it a no brainer for anyone looking for a measuring and control instruments provider.

Go get in touch with S.A.M.A. Tools, you won’t regret it!

 

Carlos Collantes

Mechanical Engineer

 

Video summary “Measuring instruments: 5 tips for a quality choice”

 

Controlling radiation from UV-C lamps is becoming more necessary nowadays. Current times have presented new challenges for the field of material storage and handling, since the pandemic requires constant sanitization. And this includes the use of technologies like UV-C lamps.

Lamps that emit UV-C light help disinfect different surfaces, water and even the air. However, this is only effective if the right amount of UV-C light is applied.

This said, it seems essential to find the way of controlling radiation from UV-C lamps in order to guarantee the disinfection process provides the expected results.

What are UV-C lamps?

UV-C stands for Ultra Violet C light. So, UV-C lamps are the type of lamps that work with Ultra Violet C light emission.

This type of light is in the range of wavelength that is invisible to the human eye, and it is one of the divisions of Ultra Violet light together with UV-A and UV-B.

According to the Foods and Drugs Administration (FDA) “UVC radiation has effectively been used for decades to reduce the spread of bacteria, such as tuberculosis. For this reason, UVC lamps are often called “germicidal” lamps.”

Clearly, UV-C lamps become a great tool for material storage and handling activities trying to guarantee a healthy and safe environment.

Ultra Violet C lamps

In photo: Ultra Violet C lamps

How is controlling radiation from UV-C lamps possible?

Like any other parameter control, controlling radiation from UV-C lamps requires some kind of measurement.

This means that anyone trying to control the amount of UV-C light applied to sanitize material storage environments and the materials themselves after handling activities requires measuring equipment.

Here is where the portable Delta Ohm Luxmeter becomes a great asset. Apart from being easy to carry and to operate, this instrument is capable of measuring:

  • Illumination
  • Luminance
  • Par
  • Irradiance.

Therefore, it is the perfect tool to accurately check the UV-C irradiance for disinfection equipment in a quick and efficient way.

And all these measurements will be supported by a instrument that is calibrated under ISO standards and on request provided with ACCREDIA certificate.

Portable Delta Ohm Luxmeter

In photo: Portable Delta Ohm Luxmeter

 

How would the wrong radiation levels from UV-C lamps may affect a company  and its customers?

As it was described above, not having the right amount of radiation would make sanitization ineffective. Also, the FDA describes that low doses of UV-C radiation may require a longer time to
effectively inactivate bacteria, which makes the process less efficient, thus reducing productivity for any company and its customers.

But efficiency and productivity are not the biggest of the problems. Not being effective to inactivate bacteria can carry health issues that can escalate beyond the companies as we have
already experienced.

Bacteria on a surface

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In a more positive note, controlling the levels of radiation from UV-C lamps can help to:

  • Avoid bacteria and other sanity issues.
  • Reduce waste from discarded materials.
  • Reduced resources consumption from required extra sanitization runs.
  • Reduction of downtime related to contamination issues.
  • Obtain quality certified products.

Therefore, we can conclude that having the wrong radiation levels would make lose competitiveness and possibly their reputation, hence the importance of having accurate measuring tools.

Some final words

If you are interested in the luxmeter, take a look at another article on our customer’s experience: Eurogroup Spa.

Apart from partnering with Delta Ohm to offer their portable luxmeter, we offer a wide variety of non-destructive testing instruments and measuring tools for different purposes.

Because our mission is to support our customers in their quality control activities, we strive to provide them with the best solutions to cover their needs.

So, if you need help with light measuring, or would like advice on the best instrument for your specific case, do not hesitate to contact our technical department.
You can call us at 0584/392342 – 0584/392453 or, alternatively, fill in the online form to contact us in writing.

 

What’s the luxmeter for in lighting systems?

Read on to find out and don’t miss the history of our customer Eurogroup S.p.A. that has managed to make more performing maintenance of such plants thanks to this tool.

What is the Luxmeter?

The luxmeter is a portable instrument used for the measurement of brightness, parameter involved in many areas such as environmental lighting, construction, road signs and advertising, safety clothing and horticultural sector, but not only.

It is used both for quality control and maintenance operations and this is well known by our customer Eurogroup S.p.A.

luxmeter

Who is Eurogroup S.p.A.?

Eurogroup S.p.A. operates in the design and construction of electrical and technological systems, telecommunications systems, data networks, security and automation.

Sizes

The company, projected in the national and international panorama, boasts more than 250 employees and a share capital of € 2,500,000.00.

History

In 1966 the company was already very promising.
Born to offer a qualitatively competitive response in the field of electrical plant engineering, it already showed much wider development prospects.
The role now held has been conquered over time.
Thanks to a path of continuous growth, the company went from an artisan dimension to a broader, then projecting it into the national and international landscape and making it become, in 1996, Eurogroup S.p.A.
The company stands out for being constantly engaged in the development of innovative sectors such as Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Building Automation.

Plants maintenance: service

Eurogroup s.p.A operates as part of the renovations and maintenance of plant with the Global Service and Facility Management services and guarantees a 24 hours a day and 7 days a week service.
It is precisely in the field of maintenance that S.A.M.A. Italia S.r.l. play a key role.

Measurement of brightness parameters of systems: the role of the luxmeter

For maintenance, it is essential to measure the brightness parameters of the systems.
Eurogroup S.p.A. has, in fact, purchased from us a luxury meter, with the aim of making their work in the field of public lighting more and more performing.

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The luxmeter: how the relationship between S.A.M.A. Italia and Delta OHM was born.

Eurogroup S.p.A. has chosen the Delta OHM luxmeter, an instrument used for the measurement of brightness.
It is a parameter involved in many fields such as environmental lighting, construction, road signs and advertising; ideal for quality control and maintenance operations.
Delta OHM is an Italian company specialized in the design, production and calibration of portable, desktop and industrial scientific instruments for the measurement of physical quantities.
The sales network is entrusted to several distributors and S.A.M.A. Italia is an authorized dealers for several years.

 

Delta ohm and Sama Italia srl

 

 

The photo on the left was taken during one of the refresher courses, directly done at their headquarters.
This commitment, linked to the rapid response to customers, has allowed us to create a relationship of mutual esteem and to be selected as retailers for the region Tuscany, Marche, Umbria, Liguria, Abruzzo, Veneto, etc.

Your satisfaction is our goal!

Innovation, the ability to work in teams, investment in training and long-term vision are the key principles that guide Eurogroup S.p.A. towards constant growth.
Every satisfied customer is a source of great pride for us, but it is precisely when we are chosen by large companies with high standards, including Eurogroup S.p.A., that we understand we are on the right track.
S.A.M.A. Italia is a dealer of instruments branded Delta Ohm, such as the above mentioned luxmeter, in addition to being a manufacturer of instruments branded SAMA Tools, all available on our website!

Would you like more information or assistance?

If you are looking for information on a specific model of luxmeter or would like to know more, contact our technical department.
You can call us at 0584/392342 – 0584/392453 or, alternatively, fill in the online form to contact us in writing.