EN ISO 13849 – 1 Mandatory Implementation Date CONFIRMED!

The European Com­mis­sion con­firms the man­dat­ory imple­ment­a­tion date for EN ISO 13849 – 1:2008 in the Offi­cial Journ­al of the European Com­mis­sion.

This morn­ing the European Com­mis­sion con­firmed the state­ment made by Mar­ie Poidev­in of CEN last week by pub­lish­ing s revised list of stand­ards (2009/C 321/09) includ­ing EN 954 – 1:1996, EN ISO 13849 – 1:2006 and EN ISO 13849 – 1:2008, not­ing “The date of ces­sa­tion of pre­sump­tion of con­form­ity of the super­seded stand­ard, ini­tially fixed on 28.12.2009, has been post­poned for two years.”

Machine build­ers who have been put­ting off imple­ment­a­tion of this stand­ard in their designs have now gained anoth­er two years to edu­cate them­selves and to update their design pro­cesses to include the addi­tion­al ana­lys­is required.

Com­ing on the man­dat­ory imple­ment­a­tion date of the latest revi­sion of the Machinery Dir­ect­ive, which now expli­citly requires risk assess­ment to be com­pleted as part of the design pro­cess, and new rules that will bring in products that were incor­rectly being marked exclus­ively under the Low Voltage Dir­ect­ive, the next two years will be busy ones for those com­pan­ies who have not been pay­ing much atten­tion to the changes in this import­ant dir­ect­ive.

Com­pan­ies who are well pre­pared and were ready for the ori­gin­al date are ahead of the mar­ket and should take this oppor­tun­ity to take some gains over the­or com­pet­it­ors by advert­ising their abil­ity to pro­duce com­pli­ant machinery.

Today’s edi­tion of the OJ also brought in a couple of stand­ards pre­vi­ously noti­fied under the old Machinery Dir­ect­ive, but there are many oth­ers that remain to be noti­fied. Most of these are pending updates to bring them into con­form­ity with the revised Essen­tial Require­ments, while some may be replaced by new ISO adop­tions of their con­tent with new mater­i­al added.

On the EMC-PSTC email for­um, a couple of ques­tions were posed that will likely be on the minds of many read­ers. For those who don’t know, Type C stand­ards are “product fam­ily” stand­ards that cov­er a spe­cif­ic type of machinery, like lifts, or power presses. :

What if a Type C stand­ard ref­er­ences only EN ISO 13849 – 1?

Would it be OK to claim pre­sump­tion of con­form­ity using such a har­mon­ized type C stand­ard yet only using EN 954 – 1 for the con­trol cir­cuits?

If your machine is in the scope of a spe­cif­ic har­mon­ized stand­ard, do you have to use it, rather than gen­er­ics?

I’d like to address these ques­tions in this post, so here goes…

If you are declar­ing con­form­ity to a Type C stand­ard, and that stand­ard calls out EN ISO 13849 – 1 for con­trol reli­ab­il­ity, then in my opin­ion you should be using that stand­ard UNLESS there is some over­rid­ing reas­on that pre­vents you from using it. “We didn’t feel like it” or “It’s too hard” don’t count. If you’re in a pos­i­tion where you must con­tin­ue to use EN 954 – 1, then rationale must be writ­ten for the tech­nic­al file that clearly describes the reas­ons pre­vent­ing the imple­ment­a­tion of the new stand­ard, and fur­ther­more, what has been done to provide an equi­val­ent level of safety and reli­ab­il­ity as would be gained by using the new stand­ard.

If your machine is in the scope of a spe­cif­ic har­mon­ized stand­ard, then it should be declared using that stand­ard and not the gen­er­ics. This is dis­cussed in the guid­ance doc­u­ments for the dir­ect­ive. The gen­er­ic stand­ards are there to be used for products that are not with­in the scope of exist­ing har­mon­ized stand­ards, and for the guid­ance of Tech­nic­al Com­mit­tees writ­ing Type C stand­ards. The Type C stand­ard will give the user a spe­cif­ic list of com­mon haz­ards found on the type of machinery covered by the stand­ard, and will provide spe­cif­ic con­trol meas­ures that are expec­ted to be used to con­trol the risks asso­ci­ated with those haz­ards. If there are haz­ards that are not covered by the stand­ard, then gen­er­ic stand­ards may be used to deal with the risks related to that unique haz­ard.

Need more inform­a­tion? Feel free to con­tact me off­line to dis­cuss your applic­a­tion!

Update on EN ISO 13849 – 1 Mandatory Implementation Date

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.

Do you use industrial robots? ANSI adopts ISO 10218 – 1 and changes the game

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…

Material Handling Robot at workIf 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?