Test & Measurement
Southwire takes steps to ensure IP67 rating for meters
By Anthony Capkun
September 5, 2014 – Southwire Co. LLC is notifying consumers, retailers and distributors that some units of the Southwire-branded auto-ranging multimeter Models 11060S & 12070T do not comply with the meters’ stated UL IP67 waterproof rating.
About 5300 units of the 11060S and about 1900 units of the 12070T meter have been sold in the United States through June 25, 2014. The meters are manufactured for Southwire by a third-party supplier. It is unknown how many of either model, if any, have made it into Canada. (Photos in PDF download, below)
To date, Southwire has not received any returns, nor has it received any reports of user injury, resulting from this issue.
Southwire says that it, along with an independent third-party testing firm, conducted extensive testing and attempted—without success—to create conditions under which a non-compliant meter exposed to water could create the risk of shock risk to the meter’s user.
To address this issue, the company and its meter supplier have conducted a review of the IP67-rated meters, and the latter has enhanced the production process, updated the housing design, and improved quality control procedures relating to the meters. In addition, Southwire has required its supplier to rework existing meter inventory and bring the inventory into compliance with the UL IP67 waterproof rating. As a result, Southwire has retained its UL IP67 waterproof rating for the 11060S and 12070T models.