New guidelines for the European Machinery Directive
What are the most important changes that have been made in version 2.1?
The revised version 2.1 of the “Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EU” came into force in the summer of 2017 and offers support for dealing with the machinery directive. A number of paragraphs have been amended to make things clearer.
There are some important amendments in particular which pertain to the sections dealing with “partly completed machines”, the “assembly of machinery” and “safety components”. A completely new section; "Specific Guidance Documents", has been added which deals with special questions covered by the EU machine committee. It is also to be noted that in many places it is pointed out that, if applicable, incomplete machines must bear a CE-marking if this is required by other directives even if the Machinery Directive does not require a CE-marking for incomplete machines.
In particular we would like to draw attention to the following four updates:
Information concerning when large plants (e.g. production lines) need one single CE-marking or when they can be considered separately
In order to determine whether the incorporation of a new machine into a plant makes the (new) entire plant liable for a conformity assessment procedure, there is now the explicit requirement for a risk assessment to be carried out. This section also contains information about the possibility of waiving a renewed CE-marking where new risks are present, if the current protective systems are sufficient.
Comprehensive explanations including examples for the definition of safety components.
Here you can find clarification between interchangeable equipment and partly completed machines. An example of partly completed machines is given as industrial robots, as long as they cannot be counted as „stand and function alone robots“. These types of robots would be classified as complete machines. In addition, the lack of protective systems does not automatically lead to a complete machine being classed as a partly completed machine.
You can get the revised version of the “Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EU” here
Have you got any questions on the new guidelines?
ELOKON’s experienced team will be happy to help you with any questions you may have on machine safety.