Machinery Safety 101

Testing Emergency Stop Systems

This entry is part 11 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

I’ve had a num­ber of ques­tions from read­ers regard­ing test­ing of emer­gency stop sys­tems, and par­tic­u­larly with the fre­quency of test­ing. I addressed the types of tests that might be needed in anoth­er art­icle cov­er­ing Check­ing Emer­gency Stop Sys­tems. This art­icle will focus on the fre­quency of test­ing rather than the types of tests. The Prob­lem Emer­gency…

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Risk Assessment Blunders

Updated 7‑Jul-2014 Recently I read a blog post writ­ten by Dav­id Cant, called, “Are You Mak­ing These Risk Assess­ment Blun­ders?”. Writ­ing in the UK, Mr. Cant spoke to some of the com­mon kinds of prob­lems that can occur when employ­ers con­duct risk assess­ments. Many his points are equally applic­able to machine build­ing: No Risk Assess­ment – This seems self…

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Interpreting the EU MACHINERY DIRECTIVE 2006/42/EC: An Interview with Ian Fraser

This art­icle was ori­gin­ally pub­lished on CEMarking.net. Check out the inter­view that Han Zuy­derwijk of CEMarking.net and I did with Ian Fraser, former Policy Officer at the European Com­mis­sion respons­ible for the Machinery Dir­ect­ive (2006/42/EC), and Team Lead­er about ques­tions related to the Machinery Dir­ect­ive (2006/42/EC). Dur­ing the inter­view, we dis­cuss: the reg­u­lat­ory devel­op­ments in the dir­ect­ive…

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Q & A SESSION ON THE MACHINERY DIRECTIVE WITH IAN FRASER

The Guide to the Machinery Dir­ect­ive: Ian Fraser Han Zuy­derwijk from CEMarking.net and Doug Nix inter­view Ian Fraser about the second edi­tion of the Guide to the Machinery Dir­ect­ive. CE Mark­ing is hard enough, and the rules change fre­quently. Give Google a rest. We have him: the man who wrote the Machinery Dir­ect­ive. If he can’t…

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Five things you need to know about CE Marked Wire and Cable

A picture showing a selection of wire and cable products

Wire is simple right? Maybe not! Here are the top five things to know when select­ing wire and cable products for use in designs that will be CE Marked: Wire and cable products sold in the EU must be CE Marked under the Low Voltage Dir­ect­ive, and MAY bear BOTH the CE Mark and the…

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CE Marking Wire and Cable – Necessity or Luxury?

A picture showing a selection of wire and cable products

When I set out to invest­ig­ate the need for CE Marks and <HAR> marks on wire and cable products, I would not have guessed that it would turn out to be as much of an odys­sey as it did. For most products, determ­in­ing the need for a CE Mark is rel­at­ively straight­for­ward, but not for wire and cable…

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Emergency stop devices: the risks of installer liability

This entry is part 10 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

On the MachineBuilding.net blog today, Alex D’Arcy, Sales Dir­ect­or at Hylec-APL provides some inter­est­ing insights into the liab­il­it­ies asso­ci­ated with the install­a­tion of emer­gency stop devices on machinery. Hylec-APL provides tech­nic­al products and solu­tions in the field of indus­tri­al machinery and emer­gency stop sys­tems. Check out Alex’s art­icle. If you need to know more about the…

Understanding European Declarations of Conformity or Incorporation

Updated 2014-10-29 In order to under­stand the vari­ous types of EU Declar­a­tions, it’s import­ant to first under­stand a bit about the sys­tem that uses them. Two sys­tems of product safety eval­u­ation are in wide use glob­ally: Cer­ti­fic­a­tion, and Mark­ing. Under­stand­ing the dif­fer­ences between these two sys­tems is import­ant for any­one who gets involved with reg­u­lat­ory com­pli­ance activ­it­ies.…

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Get the Basics Right!

For more than 15 years I’ve been teach­ing people about risk assess­ment, machinery safety and CE Mark­ing of machinery in private, onsite classes and through present­a­tions at safety con­fer­ences. Things are about to change! This fall, Com­pli­ance InSight Con­sult­ing will begin offer­ing open-enrol­­ment work­shops in CE Mark­ing, Risk Assess­ment Func­tion­al Safety, and Machinery Safety, all with a focus…

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How to migrate from EN 954 – 1 to EN ISO 13849 – 1 or EN 62061

Edit­or­’s note – When I read this art­icle on the machinebuilding.net blog, I thought that it was import­ant enough that we should reprint it here. The text includes links to the machinebuilding.net web site. These resources can def­in­itely help you in apply­ing this inform­a­tion. If you have ques­tions that you would like to dis­cuss, please con­tact me and…

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