Underwriters Laboratories have issued an AECO Certificate for the Shark Work Cage/Elevator for use in wind turbine towers. An AECO certification in North America represents completion of a complete review by a third party certification body whose authority stems from ISO Guide 65. Certificate issuer UL is one of three recognized third party test labs for AECO – Accredited Elevator/Escalator Certifying Organization. UL has tested the Shark Work Cage and sub components and reviewed the assessment for the product and the installation.
“After a thorough review, Underwriters Laboratories has issued the certificate validating the model and certifying the design complies with the Global Essential Safety Requirements of A17.7/B44.7”, says Avantis General Manager in USA, Kent Pedersen.
The certification allows the jurisdictions where A17.7 is adopted an easier route for permitting of work cages in wind-turbine towers. They do not have to develop their own state specific code requirements.
Avanti Wind Systems will still have to go through the State (USA) or Province (Canada) permitting process for each wind-power project where an Avanti Shark Work Cage or Elevator is to be installed in a wind turbine. But with the AECO Certificate it is easier and faster to get the permit from the State or Province authorities.
“The next step is to get the new ASME A17.1/CSA B44, requirement 5.11 implemented so that each State can adopt them as soon as possible when new wind turbine projects are constructed in their jurisdiction”, says Pedersen.
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