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4 KEMA Laboratories - USA

Independent, ISO 17025 accredited testing, inspection and certification services (IEEE, IEC, UL and ANSI) for electric power equipment

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Tom Stefanski Tomasz Stefanski
Director, KEMA Laboratories Chalfont
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For manufacturers and end-users of utility-scale electrical equipment, testing, inspection and certification ensure that your critical assets conform to industry and regulatory standards. The term “certification” is often used to show that a component meets a certain standard. However, it is sometimes difficult to understand a certificate’s true worth. Certification based on testing goes well beyond theory. It determines how equipment works in practice and its ability to perform correctly under extreme conditions equivalent to those experienced during service. These extreme conditions can only be generated by test laboratories that have invested in two things: proper equipment and experienced people who understand both the equipment and the latest standards. 

KEMA Laboratories are your strategic partner in providing a full portfolio of advanced testing to mitigate risks of your mission critical investment. Allowing you to focus on your core business and achieving your sustainability and security goals. It’s a strategic partnership that delivers.

KEMA Laboratories – USA in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, provides fully independent testing, inspection and certification services to Utilities, merchant power companies, industrial, petrochemical and OEMs supplying the industrial, and utility and power markets. We are the largest high-power electrical testing laboratory in the Americas, and our reports and KEMA type test certificates are recognised and accepted by manufacturers, utilities and end-users worldwide.

Our lab provides certification for international recognised standards. It is ISO 17025 laboratory, ISO 9001 quality management and ISO 14001 environmental management accredited.  

Services, products & facilities
At Chalfont, we offer a wide range of testing services. This includes type testing of assemblies, as well as testing and certification of low, medium and high voltage components used in transmission and distribution networks. 

  • Type test certificates
  • Reports of performance 
  • High power testing
  • High voltage testing
  • Renewables testing
  • On-site testing
  • Failure investigations

Our test facilities facilities include two short-circuit generators (1,000 MVA and 2,500 MVA), a 1,500 kV impulse generator and six high bay, reinforced concrete test cells. In addition to providing a same connection service for interactive testing with the grid, each test cell provides unique testing capabilities. Customers also have access to a private assembly bay, full machine workshop and private office spaces.  From complete type test of assemblies to Independent testing and certification of low, medium, and high voltage components used in T&D power networks; we are ready to take on your most critical project.

Field-testing and engineering consultancy
Drawing on the resources and expertise of DNV GL, we also offer field-testing and engineering consulting services for equipment and systems including switchgear, circuit breakers, transformers, cables and renewables.

Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission & distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations.