Cuba, Nov 16 – With over 20 years experience, the Technology and Industrial Quality Center’s (CTEC) main objective is to provide consultation and control services to the Industrial Steel and Machine Enterprise Group (GESIME), across activities such as standardization, metrology, and quality control, according to MSc. Jorge Luis Suárez Rodríguez, director general of the entity.
“CTEC not only works for GESIME, but also collaborates with the rest of the industry, principally with governing bodies which serve the Ministry of Industry, that is to say, the light, chemical and electronic industries,” he added.
The center emerged in the 1980s with new activities incorporated as it developed, such as providing quality control consultation services to entities, regarding various international norms.
It also offers quality management audits, conformity assessments, to determine that a process, product, or service meets relevant technical standards and requirements.
According to Jorge Luis Suárez, “Over recent years, the center has incorporated a group of technological services linked with the CTEC’s line of work, as the T for technology in its name indicates; such as diagnostics to evaluate energy consumption norms in productive processes; investment feasibility studies, one of the most requested services for which we have professionals with vast experience.”
However, the CTEC’s greatest contribution comes from the Tropicialization Laboratory (LABET), recognized by Cuba’s National Accreditation Body (ONARC), which offers services at two main facilities focused on electro-technical issues and corrosion.
“It’s a laboratory which provides important protection to the country’s economy, as its facilities test all the technology, that is to say, equipment, materials, to determine its condition to be used in Cuba,” he stated.
As such, LABET also provides services to organizations such as the hard currency stores (TRD), Cimex corporation, and Ministry of Foreign Trade Importer (Maprinter), among others.
All imported or nationally produced products linked to energy saving (of significant impact in the country) must first undergo rigorous tests in its laboratories. Electric or induction cookers, air-conditioners, and televisions, for example, must meet certain energy consumption requirements established by the National Office for the Rational Use of Energy, explained Suárez.
He also noted that products by foreign companies looking to insert themselves in the Cuba market, must first undergo relevant tests such as those linked to energy use, anti-rust protection, etc. “LABET protects the country with regard to imports and national production,” stated Suárez.
The center has 124 employees, 60% of whom hold senior level status, due above all to the kind of services the entity offers, which demand a certain level of knowledge and experience.
“Our workforce includes a group certified by Cuba’s National Standardization Office to work as inspectors for the entity, and who have also received training at Brazil’s National Metrology Institute,” explained the CTEC director.
Meanwhile, he also mentioned enterprise targets for 2017, including continuing to raise the professional level of staff; conducting more trials in the LABET and turning it into a reference center for renewable energy technology evaluations; as well as certifying more international level conformity assessment inspectors.
The CTEC is also set to start providing services to packing facilities, which beginning in 2017 should be included on its list of Basic Enterprise Units (UEB), and contribute to fulfilling the country’s packaging policy spearheaded by the Ministry of Industries. Another of the center’s aims is to establish international alliances with prestigious laboratories in order to facilitate scientific and technical exchanges, as well as compare results; and of course, continue development at the CTEC located in Holguín, which should become a solid technical base for the country’s eastern region, featuring laboratories and new activities, able to cover the entire range of professional services offered in that part of the country.(Granma)