Compliance with standards and directives
In an increasingly complex and sophisticated world, professional applications need to conform to more and more demanding standards of compliance as well as legal directives. Different applications are subject to varying frameworks of compliance requirements whether in medical, defence, transport or any other specialist fields. Where applications are business, mission or safety critical it is an essential part of the validation and verification process to achieve independent certification of conformance.
Whilst standards are continuously evolving and expanding, we understand a wide diversity of these (please refer to standards table) and will most likely already have worked to achieve these for existing applications.
Where we may not have prior experience with a particular certification requirement, we draw on our depth of engineering experience to understand and apply new standards. We also have extensive working relationships with established and accredited test houses, access to subject experts in Universities and through Knowledge Transfer Networks.
We are therefore able to interpret new standards, devise appropriate testplans, apply them, to test and certify and validate the solutions we engineer.
With applications increasingly pushing computing equipment further and further into hostile environments, the ability to engineer safe and reliable solutions whilst protecting against: ingress of fluids and dust, shock and vibration and a multitude of others is a broadening area of Captec’s capability and expertise.
As clock frequencies race higher and higher, wave lengths get shorter, consequently radiating from far more apertures and interconnecting interfaces. EMC emission and susceptibility are increasingly thorny challenges for computing manufacturers. Complying with regulatory standards is difficult enough, but at Captec we are able to take this much further having already designed computing equipment to meet far more stringent requirements, amongst them medical, defence, security and transport standards.
At Captec we take a holistic approach to compliance, not only considering the customer’s compliance and certification requirements, but extend this to encompass Environmental Compliance as a given.
Protection of the environment, recycling and corporate social responsibility towards the Environment are central to Captec’s culture and underpinned by our Environmental Policy overseen by our ISO-14001 certification. We believe in supplying “totally green equipment” for all of our solutions.
Managing compliance certification
Our Compliance engineers have extensive experience in working with Test Houses to totally manage the entire certification process. From the test plan, all the way through testing, including any corrective actions that may be required.
WEEE Compliance – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
We provide a flexible approach to WEEE compliance, either organising recycling via our compliance scheme, or where our computers are integrated into our customers’ equipment, those customers often choose to deal with WEEE disposal themselves. Either way, our ISO14001 procedures ensure that all our computers and equipment are re-used or recycled in an environmentally responsible way, once they reach the end of their useful life.
RoHS Compliance – Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances
All Captec designed products are fully compliant with the RoHS Regulations, with all 6 of the listed substances within specified limits. Our COTS+ products are compliant, unless agreed in advance with customers who have exempt applications or a requirement for spares for older equipment. Our ISO14001 procedures ensure we maintain compliance with this legislation.