The machinery world continues to wait for the European Commission to reveal the new Mandatory Implementation Date for EN ISO 13849–1.
The European Commission published a new Communication relating to the Machinery Directive this past Friday that continues the silence from the EC on the mandatory implementation date for EN ISO 13849–1. Communication C 309/29, the latest update to the list of standards harmonized under the Machinery Directive, indicates that EN ISO 13849–1 and -2 were notified in the 8-Sep-09 Communication, but fails to provide a date for the cessation of presumption of conformity under the old standard, EN 954–1 / ISO 13849–1 1999. EN 954–1 is not listed in the current document.
MachineBuilding.net is reporting that Marie Poidevin from CEN has stated that the presumption of conformity under EN 954–1 has been extended to 31-Dec-2011. Expectations are that an updated list will be published this week including a new reference to EN 954–1 with the new Mandatory Implementation date.
I continue to watch this story and will update you as new information is available.
If you are an industrial robot user in North America (Canada and the USA primarily), you know ANSI/RIA R15.06 and CSA Z434. Did you know that ANSI has adopted the ISO robot safety standard? Learn more here…
If you are an industrial robot user or integrator working in North America, you know RIA’s venerable robot standard, RIA R15.06. This standard was a ground breaker in it’s day, advancing the safe use of robotic technology in thousands of workplaces in the US and Canada. CSA adopted R15.06 and published it, with a few changes, as CSA Z434, providing near-harmonization in the US and Canadian markets.
These two standards brought the first inklings of risk assessment and control reliability requirements to North American equipment designers and integrators and broke new ground.
The last revision of R15.06 was published in 1999, and the last edition of Z434 was in 2003. In 2007, RIA made the bold move to begin harmonization with the international world by adopting ISO 10218–1, Robots for Industrial Environment – Safety Requirements Part 1 – Robot. This standard effectively replaces Section 4 of R15.06, covering the design requirements for the robot itself, leaving the safety requirements for the rest of the work cell to the existing R15.06–1999. This standard brings some truly exciting capabilities to robot users, including:
- Wireless Teach Pendants
- Synchronized multiple robots
- Collaborative robotic applications and
- Programmable safety controllers for envelope limitation.
When ISO publishes ISO 10218–2 in 2010 the rest of the cell safety requirements should be covered in that document.
CSA is currently reviewing CSA Z434 — they may choose to adopt ISO 10218–1 and (eventually) ISO 10218–2 once it is published, or they may choose to simply reaffirm the existing standard and consider adopting the ISO standards in another 5 years.
Need to know more? I presented a webinar on this standard on 19-Nov-09 through my friends at Pilgrim Software. The recorded webinar can be downloaded here. A copy of the presentation slides is also available.
Watch the webinar (you’ll need Apple’s QuickTime player or a viewer that can play .mov files):
Are You Ready for the Coming Changes in Robot Safety Standards?
The EC Machinery Working Group announces the extension of the mandatory implementation date for EN ISO 13849–1:2008.
Regular readers will be aware of the controversy that has surrounded the mandatory implementation of EN ISO 13849–1:2006, originally scheduled for 28-Dec-09. The EC Machinery Working Group met this week to review the opinions of European machinery experts. Following the meeting, it was announced that the mandatory implementation date will be extended by some time, however no date was given.
Some speculation exists about the length of the extension, with some sources saying that it could be as little as 12 months to as long as five years. Until the EC revises the dates and publishes them in the Official Journal we won’t have the ‘final word’, however we are hoping that an announcement will be made to clarify the decision and the date.
If you are a machine builder who has already implemented EN ISO 13849–1:2006 and the validation standard EN ISO 13849–2:2006, you are ahead of the game. Your efforts have not been wasted, as your systems already conform to the requirements that will eventually be mandatory for all machine builders. For those machine builders who have yet to implement these standards, you’ve gained a bit of a reprieve, but you will still be required to implement these standards eventually. If you have yet to begin implementation, now is the time.
I will post the new mandatory implementation dates as soon as this information is available.