Machinery Safety 101

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

Processing of waste electrical and electronic materials

image: Advanced Recyc­ling Machines 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).…

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CE, Brexit, and Authorised Representatives

Brexit: UK and EU Flags against a blue sky

CE, Brexit and Author­ised Rep­res­ent­at­ives We’re just passing the T‑1 year mark on the UK’s jour­ney towards leav­ing the EU. Some of my read­ers are “Leav­ers”, while oth­ers are “Remain­ers”, but for every­one liv­ing in the UK or doing busi­ness with the UK, there are many ques­tions that remain unclear. To be fair, some of the…

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New Directions in Plastics Machinery

Canada’s Par­ti­cip­a­tion in ISO TC 270 In Feb­ru­ary of 2016, Canada formed the SCC Mir­ror Com­mit­tee (SMC) to ISO TC 270, Rub­ber and Plastics Machinery. This inter­na­tion­al tech­nic­al com­mit­tee is cur­rently devel­op­ing ISO 20430, the first inter­na­tion­al plastic injec­tion mould­ing machine stand­ard. Until the pub­lic­a­tion of ISO 20430, two stand­ards have been fight­ing for dom­in­ance: EN 201, Plastics and…

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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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Inconsistencies in ISO 13849 – 1:2006

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Cir­cuit Archi­tec­tures Explored

I’ve writ­ten quite a bit recently on the top­ic of cir­cuit archi­tec­tures under ISO 13849 – 1, and one of my read­ers noticed an incon­sist­ency between the text of the stand­ard and Fig­ure 5, the dia­gram that shows how the cat­egor­ies can span one or more Per­form­ance Levels. If you look at Cat­egory 2 in Fig­ure 5, you will notice…

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Bye, Steve. Thanks for everything!

Today marks a turn­ing point for me. With the loss of Steve Jobs, the world is a less­er place. His bril­liance, vis­ion and cha­risma changed the world for the bet­ter in so many ways. As any­one who knows me well will tell you, I am a pas­sion­ate Mac user. I became a believ­er in 1991 when my then-girl­­friend intro­duced me to…

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CSA Z462 – Workplace Electrical Safety Public Review

CSA Z462 – Work­place Elec­tric­al Safety is now avail­able for pub­lic review on the CSA web site. This stand­ard is the Cana­dian imple­ment­a­tion of NFPA 70E and IEEE P1584, cov­er­ing elec­tro­cu­tion and arc-flash haz­ards in the work­place. Pub­lic Review Draft of Z462-12 Because of the import­ance of the Z462 Stand­ard to the elec­tric­al sec­tor, CSA

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Relative Radiation Doses – XKCD

Here’s a chart that shows the rel­at­ive doses of radi­ation and the levels of extern­al dose that is fatal. Thanks to XKCD for this great illus­tra­tion!

MS101 Launches new Mobile Site

Com­pli­ance InSight and Machinery Safety 101 are proud to announce that we have launched a new mobile ver­sion of the MS101 blog. Now you can get access to the full con­tent of the blog on your mobile devices in a format that works with your device! We look for­ward to hear­ing from you on your exper­i­ence with…

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CSA Z1002 Public Review – Halfway there!

Only 30 days remain to review the draft of CSA Z1002!

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