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Machinery Directive Consultancy

August, 01, 2014

Machines are defined as an assembly of more than one part, at least one part out of which is a moving one. Our day-to-day lives involve the use of multiple machines and we do not realize that these machines, besides being extremely vital parts of our lives, can also be hazardous. There are many features that can make machines dangerous and lead to accidents. Using substandard parts, cheap materials, putting in insufficient effort into the research and development process, neglecting safety guidelines and overloading the machines, can be few of the multiple factors that can contribute to a technical failure and result in fatal accidents.


The Directive

To ensure safe and problem-free functioning of machines, the European Union has incorporated a directive called Machinery Directive, which states the safety standards for machines placed in the market or put in service in all member states. This is done to ensure the machine’s freedom of movement within the European Union. It states that ‘member states shall not prohibit, restrict or impede the placing on the market or putting into service in their territory of machinery which complies with the directive.’


Machinery Directive was first published in 1989 and was mandatory from 1st January 1995. Machinery directive comprises of two different directives, i.e.


Applicability

Machinery Directive was incorporated by European Union to specify the safety standards for machines used in public spaces and states the guidelines to be followed by manufacturers, dealers, importers and buyers before employing new machinery. This directive is applicable not only on the machinery, but also includes safety components, interchangeable parts, lifting accessories, removable mechanical transmission devices, chains, webbings, ropes and partly completed machinery. The machinery directive, however, does not apply on machines that are installed already or are already in the market.


Objectives

Machinery directive has two main objectives, that is, to allow free movement of machinery within the internal market and to ensure optimum level of protection for health and safety of general masses.


Consultancy Firms

Recital 26 in Machinery Directive states that the national authorities in charge of enforcement of the provisions of the Machinery Directive or the market surveillance authorities can impose appropriate penalties if the manufacturers, buyers, importers and dealers fail to imply with the standards set by the Machinery Directive. Machinery Directive Consultancy firms can help their clients to understand the directive in detail, thus enabling them to comply with it, in all their products. This not only helps the manufacturers to avoid heavy penalties and legal prosecution, but also to maintain their reputation in the market for a long time.


Significance of Low Voltage Directive

Electrical appliances might have countless advantages, but it is a known fact, that they can be hazardous and threatening to health and property, if not employed carefully. To ensure that electrical appliances function smoothly, without posing a danger to the safety of people and their property, the European Union has set a standard of safety for electrical appliances. This standard is known as the Low Voltage Directive and there are numerous low voltage directive consultancy firms, which help companies with guidance in following the standards.


The Directive

The Low Voltage Directive is one of the oldest single market directives, which was first enacted on 1st June 1989, with the sole objective of providing common broad objectives for safety regulations. Low voltage directive is applicable on all electronic appliances, which fall in the working voltage, ranging between 50 to 1000 volts for alternating current, and 50 to 1500 volts in case of direct current.


What it ensures

The directive ensures that electronic equipment, approved by any European Union country is suitable for use in other European Union countries. The directive 2006/95/EC, as we know it today is a codified directive, which comprises texts from the original directive 73/23/EC and its amendments. Low voltage directive is the bench mark standard of safety observed by manufacturers, purchasers, trading standard officers and courtrooms throughout all countries, falling in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Low voltage directive does not include technical specifications or guidelines for designing and building requirements of products, but merely states the desired results from the products.


Compliance facts

Any company failing to comply with the low voltage directive will be considered as disregarding many other acts and regulations including Act 1974, health and safety at work, low voltage equipment (safety) regulations 1989, Electrical equipment (safety) regulations 1994, Electricity at work regulations act 1989, Consumer Protection Act 1987, etc. This means non-compliance can lead to heavy penalties, and may even result in imprisonment. To avoid any such embarrassment in future, it is advisable to seek the advice of a competent consultancy firm, which possesses proper and exhaustive information about the act, and hence can offer optimum knowledge to their clients.


These firms are capable of helping their clients with reconstruction and redesigning of products to match the standards, during the designing phase of the product. This helps in saving effort and costs involved with doing this at later stages.


Role of consultancy firm

The key roles of a low voltage directive consultancy firms include:

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Machinery Directive Services Technical Consultancy

August, 28, 2014

Safety towards health and the environment is paramount while handling any machinery, whether small or large. Even the lift that you use multiple times every day has to be certified under what is known as Machinery Directive. In fact, all over the European Union member countries, any manufacturer hailing from any part of the world, wanting to sell their products, which come under the definition of the machinery directive, has to have the products certified under this directive before being imported into these countries or sold or put to use. If you have a manufacturing facility in Canada and wish to export your machinery product to any EU country, you will require the support of a Machinery Directive Services provider to guide you through the entire process.


To start with, you will want the service provider to study your product to know if it does come under the provisions of the machinery directive. One has to know that practically every machinery will be covered under this. The broad definition says, a machinery which has moving parts and is connected to other components, meant for any particular function has to fall under the MD. Also an assemblage of machines, if they are arranged such that they perform the same function would also stand covered. However, still the experienced consultant will know the finer nuances and guide you through the designing of your products and in including the technical specifications as prescribed under the machinery directive.


Once you have finished making the first batch of the machines or developed just the prototype, the Machinery Directive Services provider will depute their expert team to help with its inspection and will test to verify if the product measures up to the machinery directive or not. The following services can be expected from them:


If your search leads you to a service provider who can assure you all the above, you have the right one, and you should go ahead and engage him or her.

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Machinery Directive Consultants - Partners in Progress

September, 29, 2014

Machinery Directives represent the technical parameters that equipments and machines have to comply with, before they are sold in the market or put to use. These directives are specifically strict in Europe, where the European Union has prescribed stringent directives to be followed before such machinery gets imported into any of the EU member countries. You will therefore need a professional Machinery Directive Consultant, to help you with getting your machinery products certified before you can sell or export them.

Why Such Directives - The Background
The reason these directives are introduced and implemented is to make sure that the manufacturers do not make any compromises in the safety of the machinery. While electrical equipments have a separate Low Voltage Directive with 11 different safety clauses, the machinery directives go beyond the electrical parameters on to the mechanical, electromechanical, noise related and other risks that the machinery could pose to the employees who are engaged in operating this machinery and the public at large who might have anything to do while the machinery is under operation.

The best Machinery Directive Consultant would be the one who has immense experience in handling similar assignments in auditing the technical specifications of the equipments on the design stage itself. He must be able to suggest modifications to pass muster at the certification level and enlighten the manufacturer on the complete requirements imposed under the Machinery Directives. Besides knowing the aspects that should be incorporated in the machinery, the consultant should also be thorough with what should be avoided and the ramifications of not adhering to the machinery directive.

If you have such a manufacturing unit in Canada, and you manufacture and market machinery of any variety, which attracts the provisions of the machinery directive, then you should search the Internet to locate the ideal agency that handles the task of getting your products certified. The consultant would then do a thorough audit of the design specifications of your product. Their professionally qualified and experienced team of engineers will then work with your staff through the process of building the prototype and in conducting the tests which are necessary for your products to be eligible for certification under the machinery directive. They will also be familiar with the certification formalities.

Once the consultant helps you obtain the certification, you can go ahead and launch your products in Canada, Europe or any other major market in the world. If your products are good in quality, there is no reason why you cannot succeed.

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