Pilz UK, which is renowned for its machinery safety expertise, foresees uncertainty among machine builders and end users with the introduction of the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC on 29 December 2009 and the future withdrawal of EN 954-1 [see this more recent announcement confirming the extended transition period for EN 954-1 - Ed]. In preparation for these significant changes, Pilz is enhancing its services and training offerings to assist machine builders and end users. [See also this article from Pilz about What is new in the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC?.]
Machinery that is manufactured in the EU, or has undergone significant modification or been imported into the EU, is subject to the CE marking process if it is to be put into service on the European Market. The Pilz Services Team offers the full CE marking process as a turnkey service or as a series of discrete services (see graphic of services offered).
Pilz can help machine builders, system integrators and others plan and implement the relevant conformity procedures in accordance with the new Directive, both for standalone machines and whole production lines, working together with the client's specialists through the complete machine lifecycle to achieve compliance. This includes managing the activities and processes, generating the necessary compliance strategies, safety designs and documents. If needed, Pilz can be appointed to act as the 'authorised representative' and take responsibility for the new administrative processes demanded in the Directive.
For manufacturers of Annex IV hazardous machines, if the machinery is designed in accordance with the relevant harmonised standards, the Directive now gives the option to 'self-certify'. Pilz can work together with the client's team to navigate the somewhat complex route to self-certification.
On the training side, Pilz has updated its ever popular course portfolio to reflect the imminent regulatory changes. Pilz machinery safety courses have evolved from more than 20 years of in-house expertise not only in training, but also in the practical application of standards by Pilz engineers and consultants. Pilz therefore believes that the courses offer practical insights in addition to covering the essentials of legislation. Furthermore, although Pilz trainers are highly qualified to address individual concerns throughout the scheduled courses, customised courses are available on request.
Courses currently on offer include the Introduction to EN IEC 62061 and EN ISO 13849-1 and the City & Guilds Machinery Safety Course range, which are unique to Pilz. In the near future, Pilz will be announcing dates for a country-wide tour of free Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and EN ISO 13849-1 seminars.
For further information on Pilz machinery safety services and training, or to register for an invitation to a local Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and EN ISO 13849-1 seminar, complete this form.