The Ministry of Industry and Technology, during the inspections it performed in the first six months of 2018 detected 27 out of every 100 products as inappropriate. And the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers wants cooperation in the inspections.

İrfan Uçar

The General Directorate of Industrial Products Safety and Inspection performed the inspection of 27,600 different models of industrial products in the first six moths of 2018. It is revealed that 27 percent of these products are nonstandard and inappropriate. The Union of Chambers of Turkish Architects and Engineers, Chamber of Mechanical Engineers, Industry Working Group chairman Yavuz Bayülken, on the other hand, drew attention to the necessity of cooperation of the Ministry with the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers in the inspections.

The General Directorate of Industrial Products Safety and Inspection, that works under the Ministry of Industry and Technology, has performed inspection of 8 different types, such as “programmed”, “regular”, “notice and complaints” with its 853 personnel of inspection. The Industry and Technology Expert Gamze Eroğlu’s assessment on the inspections of the first six months of 2018 has been published in the Ministry’s monthly journal of Anahtar.

So, in the first six months of 2018, 27,600 different models of industrial products were inspected. 27 percent of those, which corresponds to 7,555 products, were identified as inappropriate. 316 different products are being tested, while 145 of different brands/models were decided for recalling from market. Time is given for removing nonconformities from 1i403 products. 4 million 600 thousands liras were fined for those nonconformities inspected.

The product with the highest score of nonconformity rate are boilers, with 81 per cent. The highest administrative fine was imposed to the elevator firms, as high as 2 millions and 565 thousands liras.

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ALL IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE FIRES

In the first six months of 2018, 145 products were decided to be imposed administrative sanctions. 58 per cent of concerned products are electrical equipment, 15 per cent are gas consuming devices and machines and 8 per cent are pressured equipments.

The products that are mostly recalled back are chargers. The foremost recalled products are chargers; 21 models of chargers, 13 of countertop stoves, 10 of extinguishers, 11 of escalators, 10 of cables are the most recalled products.

Another notable datum is the fact that 57 per cent of the inspected products are imported and 43 per cent of them are domestically produced. 33 per cent of imported products and 22 per cent of domestic products have been identified as inappropriate. Expert Gamze Eroğlu clarified the case as follows: “In the Market Safety Inspection operations that are performed by our Ministry, the domestic producers are protected via focusing more on inspecting imported products.”

BAYÜLKEN: THE MINISTRY AND THE CHAMBER OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS HAVE TO COOPERATE

Yavuz Bayülken

The Union of Chambers of Turkish Architects and Engineers, Chamber of Mechanical Engineers, Industry Working Group chairman Yavuz Bayülken said that while the Ministry of Industry was intensifying the inspections of imported products to protect domestic producers, it had to cooperate with the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers. Stating that it can only be possible with cooperation to protect and supervise the domestic production and make suggestions and evaluations, Bayülken told that “Every year, thousands of machines, components, intermediate and investment goods flow into Turkey. Categorization and inspection of them, identification of criteria for this and determination of functions and characteristics can be performed only with cooperation.”

Finding the market supervision mechanism of the Ministry of Industry inadequate, Bayülken put forward the opinion that: “For the domestic products, the inspections can be performed in workplaces (factories and workshops) during the production process and just after production finishes, for integrating the quality control and productivity functions. In this way, the reports can be produced on a regular base both for the workplaces and the ministries. Thus can be supervised and eliminated the unlicensed production to a great extent.”

Pointing out that the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers can play an important part in these inspections, Bayülken said that there were 112 thousands engineers working in Turkey registered to the Chamber. Bayülken made the call that “These engineers are working in all expertise areas of both mechanical and industrial engineering. With a good organization and cooperation, inspections and controls can be performed in the factories for domestic products and during customs process for imported products.”

The elevator accidents involving deaths and injuries, the boilers bursting out like bombs and the flaming out of the vehicles equipped with LPG are causing many deaths and financial losses; Bayülken remarked that “They can only be prevented by the engagement of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Architects and Engineers, Chamber of Mechanical Engineers, and by organizing to perform the inspections”.

Reemphasizing the necessity of “the Ministry’s and the Chambers’ cooperation”, Bayülken argued that the cooperation of the Ministry and the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers for joint inspections would improve the domestic product as well as prevent the flow of unqualified imported products into the country.

ŞEVKİN: INDEPENDENT INSPECTION IS ESSENTIAL

Müzeyyen Şevkin

The Republican People’s Party Deputy, the member of Turkish Grand Assembly’s Committee for Industry, Trade, Energy, Natural Resources, Information and Technology, Müzeyyen Şevkin also underlined the necessity of inspection of production, montage and use of industrial machines by the governmental agencies and at the same time by the independent chambers. Şevkin remarked the fact that an efficient inspection could not be performed in the mines and construction areas by the inspection staff paid by the companies, because the inspector did not have job security. She similarly stated that every machine and vehicle that were at the very center of daily life such as elevators, boilers, the LPG equipped vehicles had to be inspected by independent agents.

ARSLAN: THERE MAY BE NO INSPECTION IN SOME CASES

Kazım Arslan

Another member of the Grand Assembly’s Committee for Industry, the Republican People’s Party Deputy Kazım Arslan said that because of the difficult conditions that market is facing and the difficulties that industrialists have to get through, in some cases inspections may not be performed adequately, or may be postponed. But underlining that the inspections have to be performed delicately for quality and safety, Arslan told that “If there are ones who produce defective products, they, of course, have to be fined. Especially, importance has to be attached to the inspections of the Ministry of Industry for health and safety.”

Drawing attention to the fact that there is inspection in customs for imported products, Arslan spoke as follows: “Products coming from the same country, same company and with the same brand may not be inspected to eliminate the waiting period. If the country, company and brand change, then the product certainly has to be inspected. When it comes to health and safety, the inspections have to be performed strictly.”

Translation: Aydın Ördek