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The new Machinery Directive will be implemented on December 29, 2009 and will have reflection on the machinery manufacturers’ everyday. The amendments of the essential safety requirements in Appendix I of the Directive are remote. However the will have influence on the content of machinery standards. Standardization organizations have recently worked hard to update standards and the work is still going on.
The new Machinery Directive includes many amendments. Here below is listed the essential amendments:
The scope of the Directive is slightly amended The Technical Construction File must include risk assessment of the results as stated in standard EN ISO 14121 At the development stage of the machinery “likely nature of misuse” must be taken into account The requirements of CE marking have become stricter Requirements have been set for reference to the translations/original of the Manual and the - Declaration of Conformity of the machinery The requirements of the content of the Manual have been amended The requirements of the fixed protections of the machinery have been slightly amended Measurement inaccuracy must be reported with the emission values (e.g. noise) The content of the Declaration of Conformity of the machinery has been amended Specific procedures have been defined for semi-finished products (earlier machinery parts) and requirements have been set for their technical documentation The scope of the machinery subjected to type testing has been extended (Appendix IV) For Appendix IV machinery a procedure based on complete quality control for carrying out type testing has been enabled The validity of EU Type Testing Declaration has been limited to maximum 5 years. New Measures For Manufacturers
The new Machinery Directive does not include a transition period. Of this reason manufacturers must before December 29th, 2009 take into account the following items:
The machinery must be amended in accordance with the new directive Documentation must be changed in accordance with the new directive Declaration of Conformity and technical documentation must be updated with the new editions of the standards Type testing carried out in accordance with the old directive must be updated in accordance with the new directive SGS Fimko’s Versatile Services
SGS Fimko is a customer-focused impartial testing and certification company. SGS Fimko is Notified Body under the European Union Machinery Directive (MD), Low-Voltage Directive (LVD), EMC Directive (EMC) and Gas Appliance Directive (GAD) and Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Directive (R&TTE). SGS Fimko has a long-going practical experience in applying the above-mentioned directives for e.g. industrial machinery and production lines as well as woodworking machinery. SGS Fimko offers appliance manufacturers, importers, sellers and assemblers of production lines services in the following sectors:
Clarification of relevant machinery directives and standards Start-up inspection and testing Assessment of occupational health factors and risks Electrical Safety Classification of control circuits of safety measures Applicability and conformity of critical components Renewal of old machinery Guidance of manufacturers in preparing documentation. This includes among others technical construction file, Declaration of Conformity issued by the manufacturer, user’s, installation and maintenance manual etc. SGS Fimko offers its customers comprehensive inspection, testing and certification services, the results of which give the manufacturer a support for the assessment of the product’s conformity.
For more information regarding our machinery services please contact:
Markus Ahvenusphone +358 9 6963 224, emailKari Vesterinenphone +358 9 6963 418, emailSGS Fimko LtdP.O. Box 30 (Särkiniementie 3)
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