BS EN 60068-1:2014 Environmental testing General and guidance

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BS EN 60068-1:2014

Environmental testing. General and guidance

Status : Current   Published : March 2014



What is this standard about?

This is Part 1 in a series of European standards on how to conduct environmental testing, primarily on electrotechnical products. This part contains generalities and information on atmospheric conditions for measurement and testing. Part 2 provides separate tests for different applications. Part 3 deals with background information on a family of tests.

Who is this standard for?

Manufacturers, specifiers, testers and users of electrotechnical products.

Why should you use this standard? 

The IEC 60068 series provides uniform and reproducible environmental, climatic, dynamic and combined tests, performed and measured under standard atmospheric conditions, for those preparing specifications and those engaged in the testing of products.

These test methods are based upon available international engineering experience and judgement and are primarily designed to provide information on the following properties of specimens:

  • The ability to operate within specified limits of temperature, pressure, humidity, mechanicalstress or other environmental conditions and combinations of these conditions
  • The ability to withstand conditions of transportation, storage and installation

The tests allow the performance of sample products to be compared. To assess the quality or useful life of a given production lot, the test methods should be applied in accordance with a suitable sampling plan and may be supplemented by appropriate additional tests, if necessary.

Although primarily intended for electrotechnical products, this standard is not restricted to them and may be used in other fields where desired.

What’s changed since the last update?

This revision to Part 1 of BS EN 60068-1 supersedes the 1995 version of the standard which was withdrawn. Significant technical changes include:

  • An updated normative reference list
  • Indication of normative and informative annexes
  • New informative Annex C, Environmental test tailoring

Standard NumberBS EN 60068-1:2014
TitleEnvironmental testing. General and guidance
Publication Date31 March 2014
Cross ReferencesIEC 60068-2, EN 60068-2, IEC 60068-2-14, IEC 60068-2-20, IEC 60068-2-27, IEC 60068-2-38, IEC 60068-3-1, IEC 60529, IEC 60721, IEC 62130, IEC 62131, ISO 554, ISO 3205
ReplacesBS EN 60068-1:1995, IEC 60068-1:1988
International RelationshipsEN 60068-1:2014,EN 60936-1:2000,IEC 60068-1:2013
Draft Superseded By07/30174038 DC
DescriptorsCodes, Environment (working), Test specimens, Environmental testing, Testing conditions, Classification systems, Electrical equipment, Electrical components, Electronic equipment and components
Title in FrenchEssais d'environnement. Généralités et lignes directrices
Title in GermanUmgebungseinflüsse. Allgemeines und Leitfaden
ISBN978 0 580 61040 0
File Size591 KB

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