When it comes to emergency stop devices there is no doubt that the red mushroom-head push button is the most common – they seem to be everywhere. The second most common emergency stop device is the pull-cord, and like the light-curtain in safeguarding, the pull-cord is probably the most misapplied emergency stop device. Continue reading “Emergency Stop Pull-Cords”
Have you ever wondered about ANSI? Needed to know how ANSI standards are developed? Find your answers and more in this post!
If you are designing products for the US market, you will undoubtedly have at least heard of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), if not used one or more of their standards or services. Some of their standards, like the ANSI/NEMA Z535 family of standards covering safety signs and labels and related topics, are also used in Canada and elsewhere around the world. But what do you know about ANSI? Read on to learn more about this important organization! Continue reading “5 Things You Need to Know About ANSI”
Many manufacturers selling industrial products into the EU market have come to understand at least one of the environmental protection Directives, RoHS – the “Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances.” In this post, I’m going to be looking at another environmental directive: WEEE – the “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment” Directive (2012/19/EU).
As of 14 August 2018...ALL waste electrical and electronic equipment comes under the directive.
The WEEE Directive requires producers of electrical and electronic equipment who sell their products in the EU to operate a recycling program. This directive exempted industrial products in the first years of its implementation, focusing primarily on waste consumer electronics and electrical equipment. As of 14 August 2018, the transition period ends and ALL waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) comes under the directive, except those specific classes exempted in Articles 3 & 4. How does this affect machine builders and manufacturers of other kinds of products? Read on for the answer to these questions and more.