Machine Directive provisions for safety with commercial appliances
Even a small defect on the appliance can endanger the operational readiness of the entire business and may even endanger human lives. Testing commercial appliances for safety confirms their safe condition and allows for potential hazards and damage to be detected before they occur. Your employees are protected from hazards such as a short-circuit, overvoltage or a fire, and you avoid unnecessary machine downtimes, high repair costs and consequential damages.
Safety guidelines for commercial appliances are defined in the Machine Directive 2006/42/EC, which establishes basic rules–applicable in all of Europe–for safety, health protection and the free movement of goods. According to this, machines and their components may be marketed in Europe only if they meet the Machine Directive’s basic safety and health requirements. The provisions of the Machine Directive affect all manufacturers, distributing companies and, by extension, machine operators as well.
Take advantage of the VDE Institute’s expertise to safely design your machines, appliances, plants and components. We support you in all matters related to the Machine Directive and offer you comprehensive services in product safety and functional safety.