Your machinery and processing equipment may face a variety of regulatory requirements. The following are just a few of the fundamental electrical design standards:
Low Voltage Directive
Adopted by the European Council on February 19, 1973 with the purpose of harmonizing the laws of Member States relating to electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits. In 1993, the LVD was amended by Directive 93/68/EEC to include the procedures for conformity assessment and CE Marking products. However, there may be more than one European CE Marking directive related to your equipment. For more information visit our CE Marking webpage. Application of the CE Marking is mandatory to market a product within the European Union.
With the exception of a few types of equipment, the Low Voltage Directive applies to electrical equipment and machinery utilizing electrical equipment designed for a rated voltage of 50 to 1000 V AC and 75 to 1500 V DC. Typically, harmonized European standards are used to demonstrate that a product meets the essential requirements of the directive, most commonly EN 60204, Safety of Machinery - Electrical Equipment of Machines. Dependent upon product type, the manufacturer may self-declare that their product meets the requirements of the directive based on an evaluation report from TÜV SÜD, or may choose to have the product's conformance certified for greater market differentiation with the application of the TÜV SÜD certification mark.
Download the Low Voltage Directive [ PDF 390 kB ] (73/23/EEC)
For the process of controlling the installation of electrical equipment in manufacturing locations, each of the 50 U.S. states and many municipal jurisdictions have the freedom to place any needed requirements on equipment to ensure the safety of its citizens. This has resulted in many different electrical design requirements for a product, depending on where it is installed. Fortunately, if an NRTL (Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory), such as TÜV SÜD Product Service, certifies your equipment, you have a passport of acceptance for the U.S. market. In addition, TÜV SÜD America offers field labeling services.
CB Scheme Services
TÜV SÜD Product Service is also a member of the international CB Scheme. All members of the international CB Scheme recognize TÜV SÜD test reports.
Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment
TÜV SÜD America is a leading provider of assessment services for the SEMI guidelines used in the semiconductor equipment industry. SEMI standards address not only electrical safety, but a long list of other hazards as well.