Reliability training aids compliance with Machinery Directive
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Posted to News on 30th Mar 2010, 12:38

Reliability training aids compliance with Machinery Directive

Since 29 December 2009 owners and users of machinery, as well as machinery manufacturers, need to ensure they comply with the new EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. In terms of standard harmonised to the new Machinery Directive, EN ISO 13849-1 is superseding EN 954-1 and places a clear responsibility on companies that manufacture machinery or operate machinery in a production environment to assess the reliability of key safety components and provide information on the probability of failure. MCP's Managing Plant Reliability training course teaches delegates that taking care of assets is about managing the risk of equipment failure and the resulting impact on business.

Reliability training aids compliance with Machinery Directive

Peter Gagg, MCP's Managing Director, states: "Developing risk-based plans can reduce work load by up to 30 per cent. Having a structured risk-based approach is key to best practice maintenance and reliability is imperative for companies delivering optimum levels of customer service, as well as meeting the new standard."

Under the new Machinery Directive companies must assess reliability with a four-stage process based on: a thorough risk assessment; allocation of the safety measure and performance levels for the identified risks; development of a system architecture suitable for that performance level; and validating the design to ensure it meets the requirements of the initial risk assessment. The last step requires companies to use the component manufacturer's data on product reliability in areas such as Mean Time to Dangerous Failure and Diagnostic Capability. The three-day Managing Plant Reliability course details this extensively, covering techniques such as Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM), and Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FEMCA).

The next course takes place on 12-14 April 2010 at MCP Consulting and Training in Solihull, West Midlands. For more details please contact Sarah James on +44 (0)121 506 9034 or email [email protected].

MCP Consulting Group

Blythe Valley Innovation Centre
Blythe Valley Business Park
B90 8AJ

+44 (0)121 506 9032

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