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. 

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Are You Ready? WEEE Direc­tive Full Imple­men­ta­tion Starts 15-Aug-18″

Trapped Key Interlocking

Many machine design­ers think of inter­locks as exclu­sive­ly elec­tri­cal devices; a switch is attached to a mov­able mechan­i­cal guard, and the switch is con­nect­ed to the con­trol sys­tem. Trapped Key Inter­lock­ing is a way to inter­lock guards that is equal­ly effec­tive, and often more appro­pri­ate in dif­fi­cult envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions. Con­tin­ue read­ing “Trapped Key Inter­lock­ing”

How to Apply a Safety Edge to a Machine Guard — Part 3: Stopping Performance

In Part 2 of this arti­cle, I looked at the pres­sure-sen­si­tive devices (safe­ty edges) them­selves. This part explores the stop­ping per­for­mance require­ments that engi­neers and tech­nol­o­gists need to con­sid­er when apply­ing these devices. Con­tin­ue read­ing “How to Apply a Safe­ty Edge to a Machine Guard — Part 3: Stop­ping Per­for­mance”

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