Machinery Safety 101

EU Machinery Directive Public Review

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If you ship machinery products to the EU the Machinery Directive affects you. You have a chance to contribute to the review of this document.

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An update on CE Marking Electrical Cable

CE Marking Wire and Cable In an earlier post, I wrote about the requirements for CE Marking wire and cable and discussed the <HAR> mark. In 2016, the Construction Products Regulation 305/2011 (CPR) came into effect, replacing the Construction Products Directive 89/106/EEC. The CPR included provisions covering any kind of materials that could be used…

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ISO 13849-1 Analysis — Part 6: CCF — Common Cause Failures

Post updated 2019-07-24. Ed. What is a “Common Cause Failure”? There are two similar-sounding terms that people often get confused: Common Cause Failure (CCF) and Common Mode Failure. While these two types of failures sound similar, they are different. A Common Cause Failure is a failure in a system where two or more portions of the…

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

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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?

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CE Marking of wire and cable is complex for two reasons: There are wire or cable products, like power cord assemblies or pre-made ethernet cables, and then there is the component wire or cable that those products are made from. This article walks through the current requirements to help you understand this deceptively simple topic.…

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