CE labelling of Rittal empty enclosures
With regard to CE labelling, empty enclosures fall under a valid EU Directive which stipulates mandatory labelling, the EC Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC based on type testing to DIN EN 62208 (VDE 0660-511):2005-04
Other relevant Directives:
Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
For various reasons, Rittal did not give its empty enclosures a CE label in the past, despite extensive testing to DIN EN 62208, as documented in the product documentation and other approvals.
Labelling will now be carried out successively for all enclosures to be used as type-tested empty enclosures to DIN EN 62208 for low-voltage switchgear combinations to DIN EN 60439-1, within the context of adjustments to rating plates. Where necessary, declarations of conformity can be supplied even prior to final labelling of the products, since the relevant tests have already been carried out in the past.
Since the standard on which labelling is based does not apply to enclosures covered by specific product standards (such as electronic cases to IEC 60297 or enclosures for IT equipment), as things stand at the moment, only the typical "industrial enclosures" for low-voltage switchgear combinations will be labelled.
Basic CE labelling information
What's behind it
CE labelling is not the same as certification, where a manufacturer voluntarily has the positive properties of his products confirmed by test institutes.
It is a legally prescribed label for all products which meet EU Directives.
The main aim of CE labelling is to eliminate trade barriers within EU Member States. The CE symbol is an administrative symbol, and was not originally intended for consumers and end clients. It was designed as an indication to market supervisory authorities that the labelled products meet the requirements of the technical harmonisation directives, particularly safety requirements. It can be seen as a type of "technical passport" for certain products within the European Economic Area.
CE labelling is based on the harmonisation concept of the European Union and the associated growing importance of European standardisation. It is primarily concerned with the mutual recognition of existing national regulations, standards and specifications, particularly with a view to consumer protection, focusing primarily on health, safety and the environment.