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Marine type approval for Unidrive M

Emerson´s Control Techniques Unidrive M range has received the DNV type approval certificate. On March 5, Rob de Ruiter of DNV-GL at Barendrecht, NL, presented the certificate to Teun van der Heiden of Emerson Industrial Automation at Sliedrecht, NL. In the maritime market, DNV-GL is known as a demanding classification society which sets high standards for products for maritime applications.

The assessment was not limited to Unidrive M's product properties, but also the quality of the production process. During an extensive audit of the Control Techniques production site in Newtown, UK, it was confirmed that the Unidrive M production process met DNV-GL's requirements concerning control at the component level, assembly process, intermediate tests, final tests and maintaining a worldwide production standard and traceability at Emerson Industrial Automation production sites throughout the world.

The fact that Unidrive M already had many approvals and had been tested by independent bodies meant that the type approval certificate could be granted more quickly. However, given DNV-GL's specific requirements, various additional tests were undertaken to ensure effective operation under maritime conditions.

The issue of the DNV-GL maritime type approval certificate means a major step forward for the application of Emerson Industrial Automation's Unidrive M product range in the worldwide maritime and offshore markets.

Emerson Industrial Automation in profile
Emerson Industrial Automation, a business of Emerson, is a global technology provider that enables productivity, efficiency and quality gains for customers across a spectrum of industries. Its products include alternators, electric motors and drives, electrical distribution devices and mechanical power transmission, fluid automation and ultrasonic joining solutions. Emerson brands include Appleton, ASCO, Branson Ultrasonics, Browning, Control Techniques, Kop-Flex, Leroy-Somer, McGill, Morse, Numatics, O-Z/Gedney, Rollway, SealMaster, and System Plast.

Emerson in profile
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2014 were $24.5 billion.

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