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Bureau of Indian Standards adopted IS 302, Part 2, Section 30, succeeding to the finalization of the draft by Electrical Appliances Sectional Committee by the Electrotechnical Division Council. This standard is applicable to the safety of households and similar electrical appliances, particularly room heaters. 

First, it is to be noted that it is mandatory to ensure conformance with compliance requirements under IS 302, Part 2, Section, to ensure the safety of final consumers. Moreover, it is to be noted that, without conformance with compliance requirements, a product can not be introduced into the Indian market. 

Also, the standard has been revised several times to ensure appropriate alignment with the International Standards, including covering safety requirements of distinct types of radiators/ room heaters, such as convector heater, fan heater, a heater to use in greenhouses, tubular heater, panel heaters, and liquid filled heater. 

From a practical approach, the Indian room heater market size is quite large and has grown by USD $86.36 in the year 2021 and is constantly expanding by a CAGR of 6.55% due to high purchasing power and rising living standards.

Keeping the public interest and consumer safety in view, it is essential to meet the safety specifications provided in IS 302, Part 2, Section 30. Moreover, a tested and certified product is preferred by consumers, considering that it serves as proof that a product is safe, reliable, and credible. 

Therefore, providing a competitive edge to the manufacturer and importer of the product. 

For a better understanding of the benefits of product testing, let’s move on to the next section.

The product also provides an assurance to expand your business scope and profit by providing you with a competitive edge.

However, IS 302, Part 2, Section 209 does not fall under the mandatory purview of BIS, yet, being knowledgeable experts, we would advise you to follow the safety requirements as provided in the mentioned Indian Standard. 

For a better understanding of how product testing is beneficial for manufacturers and consumers both.

Why is Product Testing Crucial | Importance of Product Testing

  • One of the most important purposes of testing is quality assurance of a product that reflects high quality, safety, and reliability.
  • Product testing allows the manufacturer to ensure conformance with established technical standards to produce high-quality and safe products.
  • Build reputation and maximize the profit, considering that a tested product indicates quality assurance. 
  • Helps in retaining customers, thus, providing a competitive edge.
  • Helps in understanding distinct types of stress a product can endure, be it in case of weather, wear tear, and other conditions.
  • In the initial prototyping stage, if you are trying to avail investment in order to manufacture your product in mass quantities, a tested product can allow you to achieve patent and investors as it shows the quality and functionality of the product.

With the benefits of product testing, we can clearly estimate how testing ensures quality assurance and product credibility. 

Since, it has been established how essential product testing is, now let’s move to the benefits of complying with standards.

What Are the Benefits of Complying With Standards?

Complying with standards offers numerous benefits to manufacturers and importers of the product, which further helps in building trustworthiness and reliability, thus retaining the customers.

Why, don’t we look at other benefits of the same -

  • A certified product acts as a shield against penalties and fines which could be imposed for not certifying a product.
  • A certified product serves as evidence that a product has been tested and certified as per prescribed standards.
  • A certified product provides a sense of security and safety to the consumers, thus ensuring easy acceptance.
  • It provides a competitive advantage over competitors.
  • Easy market acceptance as a product is tested and certified.
  • Confirm the unmatched quality standards.
  • Seamless to file government tenders.

With these benefits of ensuring conformance with IS 302, part 2, section 30 standards and specifications, a manufacturer can establish that a product is safe, reliable, and credible, thus, confirming unmatched quality standards.

Product Scope IS 302, Part 2, Section 30

IS 302, Part 2, Section 30 includes the safety specifications and requirements with respect to eclectic room heaters/ radiators for household and other similar purposes with voltage below 250V for Single Phase appliances and 415V for others. 

As mentioned above it includes the below-mentioned appliances under its scope -

  • Tubular heaters
  • Heaters for greenhouses
  • Convector heaters
  • Fan heaters
  • Liquid filled heaters
  • Panel heaters
  • Radiant heater

With the knowledge of products falls under its scope, let’s have a quick look at which appliances IS 302, Part 2, Section 30 is not applicable -

  • Appliances specifically made to be used for industrial purposes
  • Appliances to be used in special conditions, for instance in the corrosive or explosive conditions
  • Corrosive and explosive conditions
  • Heaters inbuilt in AC

With a handful of understanding of the product scope of IS 302, Part 2, Section 30, let’s move to characteristics tested and types of tests conducted to ensure conformance with compliance. 

Characteristic Tested and Type of Tests Performed

  1. Schedule test

Schedule test includes the following tests -

  • Abnormal operations
  • Protection against electric shocks
  • Commencement of motor-operated equipment
  • Input and output
  • Rise of temperature
  • Operation under overload conditions of equipment with the heating element
  • Electrical insulation and current leakage at atmospheric conditions
  • Radio and television interference suppression 
  • Moisture resistance 
  • Insulation resistance electrical strength (succeeding to the treatment of humidity)
  • Overload protection
  • Endurance, though this test is under consideration
  • Stability and mechanical hazards
  • Mechanical strength
  • Construction
  • Internal wiring
  • Components 
  • Supply connection and external flexible cables and cords
  • Terminals for external conductors
  • Provisions of earthing 
  • Screws and connections
  • Creepage distance clearance and distance through insulation
  • Resistance to heat, fire, and tracking
  • Resistance of rusting
  • Radiation toxicity and alike hazards 

2. Type test

Type test includes tests mentioned in the below-mentioned table -

These tests will be specifically conducted on the sample of the electric insect killer that will be randomly obtained from a regular production lot. 

However, prior to the commencement of the test, insect killers must be visually examined and inspected with the purpose to find visual defects in parts of components, assembly, marking, construction, mechanical hazards, earthing, and effectiveness of screws and connections.

Once the test is conducted, obtained samples must ensure conformance with compliance requirements to ensure product credibility, reliability, and safety.

How We Help Ensuring Conformance With IS 302 Specifications?

  • We will educate you concerning every aspect of IS 302.
  • We will check whether a product falls under the purview of BIS or not, including whether a product complies with the BIS standards or not, then, after mutual understanding, the project will move forward. 
  • There is no better place to obtain it than JR Compliance because we will analyze the product requirements to give clear guidelines.
  • JR Compliance has experienced expert professionals, who can assist you in the documentation, evaluation, and examination.
  • We are equipped with the necessary resources to conduct a virtual pre-audit to confirm whether your manufacturing unit and production process are complying with provided specifications or not. 
  • JR Compliance will schedule a meeting with the BIS officer for a factory audit.
  • If you lack an in-house testing facility, we will help you in setting up one.
  • We will coordinate with a BIS-accredited laboratory for product testing.
  • You can expect reliable and punctual service delivery as we will also visit the BIS office on your behalf if required.
  • We invest our sustained efforts to meet the startled queries or demands of BIS.
  • In case of any concern, we assure to provide the finest solution.

Conclusion

IS 302, an Indian Standard applicable to electrical cables, which are usually used in the Mining industry and metro industries, is one of the major contributors to our economic development. Considering that, it is not only mandatory but necessary to ensure conformance with specifications mentioned in IS 302 with the purpose to introduce your product in the Indian market.

Keeping the importance of conformance with compliance in mind, we - JR Compliance, a leading compliance service provider are equipped with experts and resources to provide you with above and beyond support to obtain a BIS certificate.

Till now, we have experience in providing compliance assistance to over 10,000+ global leaders such as Toray, Bombay Dyeing, Softbank, and others.

For details, get in touch with our experts.

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