Mechanical safety is a concern for products containing mechanical/moving parts sold in the global marketplace, protecting people, animals, and property from potential harm.
At TÜV SÜD Product Service, our expert staff is well prepared to assist your organization in gaining the necessary safety approvals for your product and helping you achieving market access and success.
TÜV SÜD Product Service is an NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) and a Notified Body for the EU Machinery Directive, providing safety experts throughout the world to guide you through the certification process, saving your company time, effort and money.
In providing mechanical safety services, TÜV SÜD America partners with your organization to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of international machinery safety requirements, and how they apply to your product.
EU Machinery Directive
As an EU Notified Body, TÜV SÜD can test your machinery to meet the essential health and safety requirements outlined within the directive. Once complete, and your product meets the basic requirements, your technical construction file is compiled and the CE Marking can be applied. With TÜV SÜD's expertise and assistance, market access is assured.
Additionally, utilizing a Notified Body improves your top management's level of confidence that the legally binding CE Marking process has been done effectively and efficiently the first time.
About the Machinery Directive
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 machinery that have:
- An assembly of linked parts or components
- At least one movable part
- Actuators, controls and power circuits
- Processing, treatment, moving or packaging of a material
- Several machines acting in combination
- Interchangeable equipment
- Dangers not covered by the Low Voltage Directive
- Not covered elsewhere by a specific Community Directive
The Machinery Directive also requires a Hazard Analysis / Risk assessment to be completed for all products falling under its scope. Risk analysis provides information required for the risk evaluation, allowing an evaluation to be made on the safety of the machinery.
Additionally, the Machinery Directive requires that a Notified Body (such as TÜV) perform an EC type examination for Annex IV machines and safety components.
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 America 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 meet 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 product(s) the marketing advantage needed to better position your products above your competitors.