Mechanical safety is a major concern throughout the world, protecting people, animals, and property from harm. In providing mechanical safety services, TÜV SÜD partners with your organization, providing a comprehensive understanding of international machinery safety requirements, and how they apply to your product.
TÜV SÜD Product Service is an NRTL and a Notified Body for the EU Machinery Directive, providing experts throughout the world to guide you through the certification process, saving your company time, effort and money.
CE Marking Requirements
For a manufacturer to sell their machinery in the EU, the CE Mark must be applied to demonstrate the machinery has passed certain requirements based upon the nature and use of the machinery.
TÜV SÜD Product Service simplifies this process, saving your company money, time, manpower, and improves your level of confidence that the legally binding CE Marking process has been done right the first time. TÜV SÜD is a Notified Body for the EU Machinery Directive [ PDF 402 kB ] and Low Voltage Directive, providing experts to guide you through the process efficiently and effectively.
TÜV SÜD Product Service partners with our clients to provide a comprehensive understanding of the Machinery Directive requirements and how they apply to your product. Next, we test your Machinery to meet the essential health and safety requirements outlined in the directive. Once complete, and your product meets the basic requirements, your technical construction file is compiled and the CE Marking is applied. With TÜV SÜD's expertise and assistance, market access is assured.
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What exactly is the EU Machinery Directive?
By definition, the Machinery Directive (98/37/EC) applies to machinery, moving machines, machine installations, and machines for lifting and transporting people as well as safety components. The specified essential health and safety requirements (EHSR) of this directive cover the entire scope of mechanical engineering and are a vital aspect of the industrial community.
The Machinery Directive applies to:
An assembly of linked parts or components
At least one movable part
Actuators, controls and power circuits
Processing, treatment, moving or packaging a material
Several machines acting in combination
Dangers not covered by the Low Voltage Directive
Not covered elsewhere by a specific Community Directive
Hazard & Risk Analysis:
The Machinery Directive requires a Hazard Analysis / Risk assessment to be completed for all products falling under its scope.
The Hazard analysis / Risk assessment is outlined in the European Norm standard, EN 1050. The purpose of this standard is to provide guidance for the safety of machinery and the type of documentation required in verifying a risk assessment. In addition, EN 1050 also describes procedures for identifying hazards, estimating and evaluating risk.
Risk assessment is a series of logical steps in conducting the examination of the hazards associated with machinery. Risk assessment is followed, whenever necessary, by risk reduction.
Risk assessment includes risk analysis;
(a) determination of the limits of the machinery
(b) hazard identification
(c) risk estimation and risk evaluation.
And risk evaluation.
Risk analysis provides information required for the risk evaluation, which allows an evaluation to be made on the safety of machinery.
The Machinery Directive does outline that a Notified Body (TÜV SÜD) must perform an EC type examination for Annex IV machines and safety components. This list is finite which includes:
Circular Saws: sawing machines
Hand-fed surface planing machines for woodworking
Thicknessers for one-side dressing
Combined wood working machines
Hand-fed tenoning machines
Hand-fed vertical spindle molding machines
Presses: including press breaks for cold working of metals
Injection or compression machines for plastics or rubber molding
Machinery for underground work: machinery on rails, hydraulic-powered roof supports, or internal combustion engines
Manually-loaded trucks for collection of household refuge incorporating compression mechanisms
Guards and detachable transmission shafts with universal joints
Devices for lifting of persons involving a risk of falling more than three meters
Machines for the manufacturer of pyrotechnics
Electro-sensitive devices: non-material barriers, sensor mats, electromagnetic detectors, light curtains, etc.
Automatic movable screens
Roll-over protection structures (ROPS)
Falling-object protective structures (FOPS)
TÜV SÜD America Inc. and TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH are recognized NRTL's (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories) providing electrical safety testing to U.S. standards. As an NRTL, TÜV SÜD also provides field labeling services for machinery equipment.
The TÜV SÜD Mark for Safety
TÜV SÜD America also offers certification marks beyond the CE Marking for Machinery. Thousands of products are required to have the CE Marking. A TÜV SÜD Product Service certification mark demonstrates more.
The TÜV SÜD Mark demonstrates that your product not only meets the Essential Health and Safety Requirements of the Machinery Directive, but it is backed by an independent third-party testing organization. The TÜV SÜD Mark is recognized globally, providing your company the marketing advantage needed to better position your products above your competitors.
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