About my experience of CE Certification

Withindia Building Solutions is a developer and supplier of innovative and sustainable magnesium oxide construction solutions. Furthermore we worked one and a half year on achieving CE-Certification for its core product: SINH™ board. Perhaps you might think: That takes long! Can’t CE Certification go any faster?

But I’m afraid you have to count on this kind of time laps if you want to introduce a new construction material on the European market. Particularly if you are busy with all other daily company activities.
Therefore I want to take you step by step into “my journey” of CE certification.

Step 1: the basis

First of all, everything starts with which product you want to introduce and which European standards you have to deal with. For us, this product is: SINH™ board
De base for CE-certification are the documents ETAG 18-1 (type 2, fire proof products for vertical walls) and ETAG  18-4 (type Z2, indoor use).

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Step 2: European Assessment Document

The second step was to develop an European Assessment Document (EAD). We started this process in Augustus 2015 and its conclusion came in May 2016. We needed more than 70 tests in different labs to realize the EAD document. These results are registered in the EAD.

Step 3: Audits, Factory Production Control

The third step was Factory Production Control (FPC) by KIWA at our Chinese partner. For that the first audit took place in June. Subsequently not every detail was in order and a follow up audit became necessary.
This follow up audit was executed by Skype connection. A novelty for everyone. We walked through the entire production chain in China during the live connection. In practice we showed that a Skype audit works perfect, on the condition that all basic conditions are met. (like a visit at manufacturing site). All persons concerned worked in a constructive way together to meet the final result. In the end a GO for certification was given by the auditors. During the audit the open mind of KIWA regarding the use of modern communication methods has had a substantial impact on achieving this result in a reasonably short time.

Step 4: CE Certification

Our company received the CE-certificate including DoP (Declaration of Performance) on the 1st of October of 2016 of KIWA. Summarized: An excellent job!

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Finaly: my experience

The entire process took us one and a half year to achieve the CE Certifacation. It was a period of “blood, sweat and tears”. The whole path took very long and was very expensive.

But why can I recommend you this process?
Not only because you comply with regulations, but also going this path will increase the quality and consistency of your final product and satisfied customers. You are in fact forced to come down to the level of operational instructions, and to describe these in your new quality management system.

I can hear you saying: once you received CE Certification you can sit and lean back on your chair… Well, let me tell you: it will be the opposite! From now on you are committed to manage high product requirements and the process to achieve it.

Personally this is not my favourite project, but on the other hand it has been very useful and a blessing for the final result of our company!

Therefore I’m curious about what you think. Could you tell me more about your experience? Or do you have any questions? Please, let us know!

 

Opinion: Jan Engels, CEO Withindia Building Solutions.

A modest contribution to a better world

Our company Withindia Building Solutions is an ordinary company, just like yours. There are times when our focus shifts to something else beyond commercial activities, and we start working on a great project. This project is the Mr. Keepi Foundation.

What do we want to achieve with the Mr. Keepi Foundation?

Main objective for the Mr. Keepi Foundation is to contribute to a sustainable development of the countryside of India. However, we know development is a broad subject, and therefore we focus on inventing and applying smart solar power solutions and education programs for children.

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We have developed three down-to-earth programs, in which we contribute to better life for children and their parents in India. It consists of the following programs:

  • Light for Education
  • Mr. Keepi Solar Fund
  • Smart Classroom

Learn more about the Mr. Keepi Foundation by clicking on the images in this post.

To whom are you concerned about?

We have experienced that it is hard to have an idea about how people live on the countryside in India. Hence we wanted to visualize and bring the world of Mr. Keepi closer to you. An image tells so much more than words. Therefore we created a photo album. The photos in this album will tell you a story about the state of Rajasthan, in particular the villages we work in. Hopefully you will get inspired, just like us.

The album is 100,- Euro. Half part of the revenue will be invested in the Light for Education program of Mr. Keepi.

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What is our contribution until now?

Well, since 2014 till the first of October this year we have provided in total 28 schools and 1071 students a mobile solar cell light. Not only used by the children, but very useful for all family members!

Besides this initiative 273 families were able to buy a Solar Home System as they used our micro credit system (Mr. Keepi Solar Finance Fund).
The children in those families who were using our lights were performing better at school in comparison to students who were using old kerosene lights. A first contribution to a better life.

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Forecast 2017

We will continue with our efforts the coming year, we want to give the opportunity to another 1000 students to participate in the Light for Education program. The first gift is already collected: Kids4Kids run by way of Three Lions Clubs in the city of Voorburg-Leidschendam (The Netherlands). In addition we really need your help to evolve this project!

Do you want to contribute as well?

We invite you to make a donation on: IBAN NL02 INGB 0007 2199 85, in the name of Stiching Mr. Keepi Foundation, at the city of Voorburg (The Netherlands). A gift of 12,50 Euro helps one student! If you are interested in the Mr. Keepi photo album? Please get in touch personally. The edition is limited. Many thanks in advance!

Our Mr. Keepi team wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Blog: Jan Engels and Pablo Heiliegers

Withindia Building Solutions expands! Sustainable growth and focus on Europe

2016 is almost nearing it’s end, days become shorter and nights longer. The bustle and cozy month of December is arriving soon. This fact provides room and the need for reflection. A lookback at a tumultious but a momentous year.
Futhermore the parent company of SINH™ is futureoriented as well. Sustainable growth is the key word. Sustainable in many ways: In conclusion Withindia Building Solutions is expanding!

Focus: Europe

The company activities changed in India, and after starting a new business unit in China, with focus shifted to Europe the next year. A clear and logical step. The European economy is growing, exports are on the rise, and the construction industry is recovering after many years… Therefore the traffic light is GREEN! Given the fundamental importance to make this world more sustainable, and the reduction of CO2  has become a necessity. Withindia Building Solutions wants en needs to contribute to it. Our focus on growth is mainly in Europe, as a result everything falls into place. 

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“Seems like the European construction market is full of opportunities. Most noteworthy are the recent trends in this business with continious focus on prefab, the transition of energy of natural gas to electricity and their underlying innovation and sustainable solutions,.are for constructors, workers and architects a great addition to current construction systems. Furthermote new alternative materials will be available for alrready existing construction materialsn. One of them is 
Magnesium oxide boards

Jan Engels (CEO)

Team spirit Withinindia BV

The head office of Withindia Building Solutions is located in a small creative part of The Hague, in the old Caballero Factory to be more precise. Popularly known as The CabFab.  Where in old times it was all about producing cigarettes, nowadays this venue embodies activities in the fields of multimedia, graphic design, photography, publicity, ICT, communications, events and architecture. Today all companies located in The CabFab have innovative, creative and cultural spirit. All are elements of vital importance to Withindia. For instance, we have a evident connection with India. Thus SINH means lion in Hindi.

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The passion for India remains, it’s in our heart. First: The support of the charity in India with 
Mr. Keepi, is a living example. Our business focus is on sustainable growth in Europe” 
Jan Engels (CEO)

It’s not only about growth, it’s all about people!
Recently the team in the Netherlands increased with two new colleagues. We will present you the latest reinforcement:
Casper van der Made will be in charge for Finance, administration and logistics. Pablo Heiliegers will take care of marketing, communications and commercial matters. We welcome both gentlemen to our beautiful team and that they contribute to innovation and sustainability to the construction industry!

Read more about who we are and what we do at the website of Withindia,
or have a look at website of SINH™ for more information concerning magnesium oxide solutions.

 
Blog: Pablo Heiliegers

Make in India: Cold Storage Rooms | part two

In the previous article, insights were give about material use and insulation capabilities to build adequate cold storage rooms.

In the concept of cold storage pre-cooling is essential. Pre-cooling helps to maximize results for both earning capabilities of Farmers and costs. In the current article I want to share some ideas about how to furnish the cold storage room itself. Furnishing well will influence the extension of the ripening period of a crop positively. The most important suggestions to take into account are listed below:

Use of crates

For the storage of the crops it is recommended to use well ventilated pallets, crates, boxes or bins.

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Movement of air through the Cold Room

Why? It is important that the cold moving air can easily go through to remove the heat coming from the products. For best result the crates should be stacked so that the moving air can contact all the container surfaces for adequate and rapid cooling. Ventilated crates can be used as they speed-up the cooling rate. The cool air should be divided equally over all crates that are placed.

Location of crates

The storage crates must be stacked to form air-channels which are 4 to 6 inches wide (10 to 15 cm) to help direct the air movement. There should also be space between the product and walls to allow refrigerated air to absorb the heat of conduction through the walls. In the figure below an overview is given of how the crates should be placed in the IGLOO design. A passageway is created in between the crates. This location set up will result in a better air circulation and the crates can easily be replaced or taken out when crops need to be sold. (Board, 2010)

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Overview of the location of the crates

Maximize capacity in the cold room
Different concepts are used the get the most out of the crate positioning capacity. The dimensions of the crate are a given (WxHxL):360x305x542mm. Since the roof height of our SINHBUILD concept is 2440mm, the maximum amount of crates that can be stacked is seven (height of 2135mm). We favor the concept in which three lines of crates are taken into stock. In between the crates a space is created of 10cm to allow refrigerated air to absorb the heat from any direction. On the right two lines of crates are placed on their long side. On the left one line of crates is place on their short side The passage width between the lines of the crates is 668mm which gives the opportunity to move a crate easily through (a crate is 542mm on the long side). The total amount of crates that can be stored is 210.

Shape and dimension of used crates
As mentioned before it is recommended to use ventilated pallets, crates, boxes or bins. Jut or nylon bags are not recommended since these materials won’t ventilate in a proper way. Further exact dimensions are not required because the only requirement is that the storage should be ventilated well.

Storage after harvest
It is recommended to transport all harvested crops to the cold room as rapidly as possible. For fresh crops one hour time loss at the field by a temperature of 35°C between harvest and pre-cooling can reduce quality as much as 20 hours in storage under proper conditions. Delay in pre-cooling or cooling overall results in loss of moisture from the product, causes weight loss and combined with active micro-biological organisms result in deterioration of quality and value loss.

Use of Cold Room Door
The cold room door is the only connection to the outside temperature and is thereby the most important point which should be taken into account considering cold air loss. The loading rate is another factor referring to the amount of use of the door. The higher the loading rate, the more energy loss or cold air loss is created. Generally the refrigeration system capacity is based upon 4% to 5% loading rates of the total cold store capacity. The loading pattern is also a design consideration for sizing the storage chamber capacity for optimal utilization and performance. It is therefore recommended to store all crops only once a day (as little as possible). The frequency of entry is then reduced to its minimum. Additionally it is recommended to store the crops in the morning or in the evening since the outside temperatures are relatively lower at these times. In Gujarat at noon the outside temperature is at its highest point which will result in a bigger delta T (temperature difference) between inside and outside and additionally more energy loss. (Board, 2010)

Conclusion

  • A perfect cold storage room needs a pre-cooling area. In the cooling area itself crates are used. Most important feature of crates is the support of ventilating cold air throughout the cooling unit.
  • The crates should be stored in a way that supports air flow.
  • The crates storage plan should allow maximization of number of crates.
  • The cold room door, and the use of it, is very important as it may ruin the efficiency of your unit.