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Editor: Jonathan Severn
11th May 2009

One of the more controversial changes in the new Machinery Directive, which comes into force on 29 December, is the requirement that 'fixing systems must remain attached to the guards or to the machinery when the guards are removed' - with no exceptions. Jeremy Procter, of Procter Machine Guarding, comments: "It is overkill to require ALL such fixings to be captive. Adhering to this requirement will incur additional expense for machine builders, and more difficult replacement in the event of a fixing being damaged."

Nevertheless, this change is now covered by the machine guarding standard EN 953, which has been amended and published as EN 953:1997+A1:2009.

To help machine builders source suitable retained fastenings for fixed guards, there is a new page on that reviews some of the products available. If you know of any others, please email .


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Sensorless vector drives with control and communications
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2009 Profibus and Profinet User Conference papers
Next month's User Conference features multiple streams so delegates can attend lectures that meet their particular requirements. More?

Functional safety seminars for machine builders
Rockwell Automation is organising seminars in May and June to explain the standards, provide practical advice and demonstrate tools for applying ISO 13849-1. More?


Machine guarding compliance surveys
Procter Machine Guarding and ISS Safety are offering surveys to check that potentially hazardous machines comply with health and safety Regulations. More?

Inspection system suits bakery applications
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32-bit CAN controller comes with programming software
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Energy-efficient energy chains and cables deliver savings
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City & Guilds training in machinery safety
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Test Drive Igus Energy Chains and Chainflex cables
Igus has created a model car using standard Energy Chain and Chainflex cable products to promote is new Sample Test Drive Programme. More?

Jonathan Severn

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