There are now around 180 working days until EN 954-1 ceases to provide a presumption of conformity to the Machinery Directive. Although it may seem like a long time until 31 December (269 days), we should assume that there are only five working days in the week, with two days off at Christmas, a week's annual leave over the summer, plus a handful of bank holidays.
If you have no 'real' work to do, then 180 days is plenty of time to get up to speed with EN ISO 13849-1 and/or EN 62061. But most machine builders and system integrators will (I hope) have sufficient work to keep them busy for most of that time.
Last week I spoke with somebody from a supplier of machinery safety components and he estimated that approximately 80 per cent of his customers were still using EN 954-1. If you have yet to make the transition to EN ISO 13849-1 or EN 62061, I suggest that you do so sooner rather than later. There is plenty advice, guidance and training available, so start now to avoid the rush!
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