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Machinery Directive guide published by ABB

11 August 2011

ABB’s technical guide to functional safety is available as a PDF document. The guide outlines what the EU Machinery Directive means for machine builders, explains the practical steps required for compliance and describes the applicable standards, background and theory. A major development introduced with the Machinery Directive is that variable-speed drives can be used in safety systems.

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ABB’s technical guide to functional safety is available as a PDF document. The guide outlines what the EU Machinery Directive means for machine builders, explains the practical steps required for compliance and describes the applicable standards, background and theory.

A major development introduced with the Machinery Directive is that variable-speed drives can be used in safety systems. The document details how drives can help make machinery more cost-effective and user-friendly while maintaining a high level of safety.

The EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC requires machine builders to carry out a documented risk assessment on the essential health and safety requirements relating to their product. This is necessary to obtain the CE mark, a mandatory conformity mark on machinery and many other products placed on the single market.

Machine parts or incomplete machines must be supplied with a declaration of incorporation defining which requirements of the directive apply and have been complied with.

Machine builders can carry out self-certification without a recognised test centre, provided that they have a quality assurance procedure according to the Directive.

The ABB Technical Guide to functional safety can be requested by sending an email to energy@gb.abb.com.


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