Emergency Stop Pull-Cords

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”

5 Things You Need to Know About ANSI

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

Are You Ready? WEEE Directive Full Implementation Starts 15-Aug-18

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. 

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