The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EG defines requirements for machines and plants which are placed on the market. This directive is a revised version of the Machinery Directive, whose first version had been accepted in 1989. This revised version is valid since December 29, 2009 and has to be applied accordingly. The national implementation of the Machinery Directive has taken place by the Equipment and Product Safety Act.

Two different objectives shall be pursued:

1. Harmonization of requirements referring to safety and health protection, to achieve a high level of safety and health protection.

2. Guarantee of free circulation of machines on the EU market.

Relevant Standards

Several harmonized Standards are available which give support to fulfill the requirements of the Machinery Directive.

The requirements and possibilities of Functional Safety application are described in the harmonized standards EN ISO 13849-1/-2 and EN 62061. EN ISO 13849-1/-2 are based on EN 954-1/ISO 13849-2. EN ISO 13849-1 defines Performance Level (PL a to PL e) to classify the safety-related availability.

EN 62061 is the tailored  implementation of IEC/EN 61508 referring to the requirements of machinery and thus classified the safety-related availability in Safety Integrity Levels (SIL 1 to SIL 3).

Our Services

  • Moderation and support regarding risk evaluation acc. to EN ISO 14121-1,

  • Technical assistance in setting up and authoring safety concepts to reduce risk potentials,

  • Validation of single safety functions acc. to EN ISO 13849-2 and EN 62061,

  • Safety-related assessment of safety systems acc. to EN ISO 13849-1 and EN 62061,

  • 1. Test of documentation of the protection device(s) and the configuration as well as the safety functions,
    2. Caculation of the probability of failure of the safety function ("SIL, PL-calculation"),
    3. Test of safety-related application software (SRASW),

  • Certification of safety functions, safety-related systems

  • Support regarding application and understanding of standards

  • Training "Functional Safety of Machinery"

  • Certification of Functional Safety Management System

  • Extensive quality control acc. to the Machinery Directive for manufacturers of safety-related products.


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