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Is Canada, Europe or the US considering an additional extension into 2021 for 62368-1 2nd Ed in light of the logistics and testing disruptions or potential disruptions due to the Covid-19 outbreak?
How do the requirements in clause 5.4.11, which requires external circuits to be separated from earth in 'normal' pluggable equipment type A, apply to the shield of an external cable? Can the shield be connected to earth?
With regards to Clause 6.2.2 of IEC 62368-1:2018 (3rd edition), what is the failure criteria of PS1 under abnormal and single fault conditions on load and power source circuits?
With regards to Clause 4.1.1 of IEC 62368, would an external power supply, either brick type or direct plug into wall adapter, be considered an external component of a device? Wondering if the 60065 and 60950 approved EPS needs to be updated.
If a product is using a power supply certified to IEC 60950 or IEC 62368, with direct connection to the appliance mains inlet, does the 'Stored discharge on capacitors' test of 188.8.131.52 still have to be done?
In G.11, Capacitors and RC Units, there do not appear to be rules to determine the minimum number of capacitors required, with only "examples" given in G.11.4. Examples are not requirements, so are there other compliance criteria?
For the wire insulation located within 13 mm from an arcing PIS at the terminal of an insulated wire used in a mains PS3 circuit, I have a question on separation of combustible materials from a PIS and requirements for internal wiring.
In the Table G.9 of IEC 62368-1:2014(Ed.2), two Y2 capacitors are required for B/S insulation for 300 V OVC II, which is not in line with Table 1C of IEC 60950-1. What is the rationale for this difference?
Must external protective earthing conductors be provided with a Class I permanently connected equipment powered by DC mains, or may use of such PE conductors be indicated in user documentation?
Determination of a Resistive PIS is described differently in Ed. 2 versus Ed. 3 of IEC 62368-1. Are they different test methods? How does one actually measure the power dissipated by a component or any other location?
What if a UL HazLoc customer does not want UL 62368-1 used as the applicable OrdLoc requirements in support of their UL HazLoc certification? Can UL 60950-1 or UL 60065 continue to be used for UL HazLoc certifications?
Between now and the established transition date of 1 December 2020, UL 60950-1 and UL 60065 can continue to be used as the applicable OrdLoc requirements in support…
Is similar support available regarding the transition of AV/ICT for hazardous (classified) locations as is available for AV/ICT for ordinary (unclassified) locations?
For DC powered products with internal PS2 circuits and containing only resistive PIS, does this construction require a Fire Enclosure?
For an outdoor access point, I have a question on the application and order of tests related to use of adhesive, and then application of mechanical strength and water spray tests.
For AV/ICT equipment intended to be installed outdoors, is the 30Vdc limit for accessible parts from 60950-22 applicable, or do we apply touch current requirements as in IEC 62368-1 table 4?
Can UL 62368-1 be applied to battery-powered devices like smart phones? As a result, if used in the workplace, will such certified devices be in compliance with OSHA Regulations?
Annex M.2 of IEC 62368-1:2014 requires batteries & cells to comply with the relevant IEC standard, such as IEC 62133(2013). If a battery and/or cell complies with IEC 62133-1:2017 or IEC 62133-2:2017, do they also need to comply with IEC 62133(2013)?
Do parts for Repair / Service (RMAs) send to EU after 2020-12-20 require EN 62368-1 too? What would be the case if RMAs are not under warranty?