CRYSTAL LAKE, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Mathews Company (M-C) has been awarded the certification, “CSA Standard for Gas-Fired Equipment for Drying Farm Crops (CSA 3.8-2014)” meeting the new standards for its dryers to operate in Canada.
The certification was issued by Intertek, a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL), which is an independent laboratory recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to test product safety standards.
In October 2014, the Standards Council of Canada announced a change in certification standards that impacted M-C grain dryers sold in Canada. The purpose of the standards, according to the Standards Council of Canada, is to “…establish accepted practices, technical requirements and terminologies for products, services and systems…Standards help to ensure better, safer and more efficient methods and products, and are an essential element of technology, innovation and trade.”
The council announced that all grain dryers must meet the new CSA Standard for Gas-Fired Equipment for Drying Farm Crops (CSA 3.8- 2014) in order to operate in Canada.
Mathews Company’s engineering team worked with Intertek to obtain this certification so that M-C grain dryers could be sold and installed for the 2015 harvest season.
“It was a tight timeline as the certification was a process of schematic reviews and on-site equipment inspections,” says Michael Wilke, Mathews Company’s director of engineering and support services. According to Wilke, the certification covers four of M-C’s dryer series including the Legacy, Infinity, Trilogy, and its 10’ diameter Modular Tower Series. Approved dryers will carry the official certification mark, as required by the council, to denote that it is a grain dryer that meets Canadian standards.
Intertek confirmed that Mathews Company is one of the first companies to have met the certification standards.
“What this means for our customers is that they can now accept any one of M-C’s approved grain dryers and put them into operation this fall with the confidence that they are designed and built to meet the required CSA standard and they won’t incur the additional costs of having the dryer field inspected and approved to see if they meet the CSA standard,” Wilke said.