ARC Management Systems – Your ticket to CE Marking of Machinery
How can ARC Management Systems help with the CE Marking of Machinery?
ARC Management System will guide and support you through the process of CE Marking of machinery. Whether you are a manufacturer, an importer, distributer or a process owner, we can assist you in achieving CE Compliance. We serve many industries and can provide a tailored approach to compliance for you.
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When does a Machine need to be CE Marked?
What does the Manufacture, Importer or Distributor need to do?
Machinery Directive Process
Step 1 – Identify the Appropriate Directive or Directives
- Interchangeable equipment
- Safety components
- Lifting accessories
- Chains, ropes and webbing
- Removable mechanical transmission devices
- Partly completed machinery
Step 2 – Identify the Applicable Requirements of the Machinery Directive
Risk Assessment for machinery
The risk assessment must include the following information:
- The description of the protective measures implemented to eliminate identified hazards or to reduce risks and, when appropriate, the indication of the residual risks associated with the machinery
- A list of the health and safety requirements which apply to the machinery
Risk Assessment for partly completed machinery
The risk assessment should include the following information:
- A list of the essential health and safety requirements applied and fulfilled,
The description of the protective measures implemented to eliminate identified hazards or to reduce risks and, where appropriate, the indication of the residual risks,
- The standards and other technical specifications used, indicating the essential health and safety requirements covered by these standards,
- Any technical report giving the results of the tests carried out either by the manufacturer or by a body chosen by the manufacturer or his authorised representative,
- A copy of the assembly instructions for the partly completed machinery;
Step 3 – Identify the Appropriate Requirement for Conformity to the Machinery Directive
There are a number of standards under each directive which the product must comply with:
The classification of machinery standards
The Machinery standards are classified into three different types A, B and C:
A-type standards specify basic concepts, terminology and design principles applicable to all categories of machinery.
B-type standards deal with specific aspects of machinery safety or specific types of safeguard that can be used across a wide range of categories of machinery.
C-type standards provide specifications for a given category of machinery such as, for example, mechanical presses, combine harvesters or compressors.
Step 4 – Conduct the Assessment of the Product
Machinery Requiring Third Party Assessment
This section describes categories of machinery that requires assessment of conformity by the manufacturer or by a third party assessment by parties such as the manufacturer’s authorised representative or an EC type examination by a notified body where the notified body makes sure and confirms that the machinery satisfies the provisions of the machinery directive or where the notified body assesses and approves the quality system and monitors its application.
- Circular saws (single- or multi-blade) for working with wood and material with similar physical characteristics or for working with meat and material with similar physical characteristics, of the following types:
Fixed Blade Sawing Machinery
- sawing machinery with fixed blade(s) during cutting, having a fixed bed or support with manual feed of the workpiece or with a demountable power feed;
- sawing machinery with fixed blade(s) during cutting, having a manually operated reciprocating saw-bench or carriage;
- sawing machinery with fixed blade(s) during cutting, having a built-in mechanical feed device for the workpieces, with manual loading and/or unloading;
Moveable Blade Sawing Machinery
- sawing machinery with movable blade(s) during cutting, having mechanical movement of the blade, with manual loading and/or unloading
- Hand-fed surface planing machinery for woodworking
- Thicknessers for one-side dressing having a built-in mechanical feed device, with manual loading and/or unloading for woodworking
- Band-saws with manual loading and/or unloading for working with wood and material with similar physical characteristics or for working with meat and material with similar physical characteristics, of the following types:
Fixed Blade Sawing Machinery
- Sawing machinery with fixed blade(s) during cutting, having a fixed or reciprocating-movement bed or support for the workpiece;
- Sawing machinery with blade(s) assembled on a carriage with reciprocating motion
- Combined machinery of the types referred to in points 1 to 4 and in point 7 for working with wood and material with similar physical characteristics.
Hand –Fed Tanning Machinery
- Hand-fed tenoning machinery with several tool holders for woodworking
Hand-fed Verticle Spindle Moulding Machinery
- Hand-fed vertical spindle moulding machinery for working with wood and material with similar physical characteristics
- Portable chainsaws for woodworking
- Presses, including press-brakes, for the cold working of metals, with manual loading and/or unloading, whose movable working parts may have a travel exceeding 6 mm and a speed exceeding 30 mm/s.
Injection or Compression Plastics-Moulding Machinery
- Injection or compression plastics-moulding machinery with manual loading or unloading
Injection or Compression Rubber-Moulding Machinery
- Injection or compression rubber-moulding machinery with manual loading or unloading
Machinery for underground working of the following types:
- Locomotives and brake-vans;
- Hydraulic-powered roof supports.
- Manually loaded trucks for the collection of household refuse incorporating a compression mechanism
- Removable mechanical transmission devices including their guards
Transmission Devices Guards
- Guards for removable mechanical transmission devices
Vehicle Servicing Lifts
- Vehicle Servicing Lifts
- Devices for the lifting of persons or of persons and goods involving a hazard of falling from a vertical height of more than three metres
- Portable cartridge-operated fixing and other impact machinery
- Protective devices designed to detect the presence of persons
- Power-operated interlocking movable guards designed to be used as safeguards in presses, injection or compression plastics-moulding machinery and injection or compression rubber-moulding machinery
- Logic units to ensure safety functions
- Roll-over protective structures (ROPS)
- Falling-object protective structures (FOPS)
Step 5 – Compile the Technical Documentation
The Machinery Technical File
The section describes the process of compiling a technical file. The technical file shows that the machinery complies with the Directives requirements. The design, manufacture and operation of the machinery must be described appropriately for this assessment. The technical file must be created in one or more of the official Community Languages except for the machinery instructions.
The technical file contains the following information:
A general description of the machinery is required
The technical drawings should include the following:
An overall drawing of the machinery must be included
Control Circuit Drawings must be included
Machinery description and explanations of the machinery operation must be included
It must also include full detailed drawings, accompanied by calculations, test results, certificates, etc., which are required to check the conformity of the machinery with the essential health and safety requirements
The risk assessment must include the following information:
A list of the health and safety requirements which apply to the machinery
The description of the protective measures implemented to eliminate identified hazards or to reduce risks and, when appropriate, the indication of the residual risks associated with the machinery
The standards and other technical specifications used which indicate the health and safety requirements covered by these standards
Technical reports which give the results of the manufacturer’s tests or the results of the tests carried out by a body selected by the manufacturer or his authorised representative must be included
User Service Manual
A copy of the instructions for the machinery must be included
This is a list of the information that is required in a machines user service manual in one or more official community languages in order for the user to be able to operate the machine, maintain the machine and to deal with health and safety issues:
Declaration of Conformity
Manufacturer’s Name and Address
Operation of Machinery
Accident and Breakdown Operation of Machinery
Transport, Handling and storage operations
Control Circuit Drawings
Health and Safety Warnings
Instructions for different categories of machinery
All machinery must be accompanied by instructions in the official Community language or languages of the Member State in which it is placed on the market and/or put into service.
The instructions accompanying the machinery must be either ‘Original instructions’ or a ‘Translation of the original instructions’, in which case the translation must be accompanied by the original instructions.
By way of exception, the maintenance instructions intended for use by specialised personnel mandated by the manufacturer or his authorised representative may be supplied in only one Community language which the specialised personnel understand.
Foodstuffs machinery and machinery for cosmetics or pharmaceutical products:
The instructions for foodstuffs machinery and machinery for use with cosmetics or pharmaceutical products must indicate recommended products and methods for cleaning, disinfecting and rinsing, not only for easily accessible areas but also for areas to which access is impossible or inadvisable.
Portable hand-held and/or hand guided machinery:
The instructions must give the following information concerning vibrations transmitted by portable handheld and hand-guided machinery: − the vibration total value to which the hand-arm system is subjected, if it exceeds 2,5 m/s2. Where this value does not exceed 2,5 m/s2, this must be mentioned, − the uncertainty of measurement.
These values must be either those actually measured for the machinery in question or those established on the basis of measurements taken for technically comparable machinery which is representative of the machinery to be produced.
If harmonised standards are not applied, the vibration data must be measured using the most appropriate measurement code for the machinery.
The operating conditions during measurement and the methods used for measurement, or the reference of the harmonised standard applied, must be specified.
Portable Fixing and Other Impact Machinery
The instructions must give the necessary information regarding:
the accessories and interchangeable equipment that can be used with the machinery,
the suitable fixing or other impacted elements to be used with the machinery,
where appropriate, the suitable cartridges to be used
Declaration of Incorporation
The declaration of incorporation for included partly completed machinery and the assembly instructions for such machinery when appropriate
Declaration of Conformity
Copies of the EC declaration of conformity of machinery or other products incorporated into the machinery must be included where appropriate
For series manufacture, the internal measures which will be implemented so that the machinery stays in conformity with the Directives provisions
The manufacturer must carry out research and testing on components, fittings or on the completed machinery in order to determine whether by its design or construction it is possible to assemble and put into service safely. The relevant reports and results must be included in the technical file.
Technical File Availability
The technical file must be made available to the competent authorities of the Member States for at least 10 years following the date of manufacture of the machinery or, in the case of series manufacture, of the last unit produced.
Technical File Location
The technical file does not have to be located within the Community, nor does it have to be permanently available in material form. However, it must be possible to assemble and be made available within a period of time in proportion to its complexity by the person designated in the EC declaration of conformity.
Detailed plans or other specific information does not have to be included in the technical file regarding the subassemblies used for the manufacture of the machinery unless knowledge of them is required for verifying conformity with the health and safety requirements.
Doubt of Conformity
If the technical file is not presented to the competent national authorities on request this may be sufficient grounds for doubting the machinery’s conformity to the health and safety requirements.
Step 6 – Issue Declaration of Conformity and place CE mark on the Product
The CE-marking and the EC Declaration of Conformity
The EC Declaration of Conformity is a legal statement by the manufacturer or his authorised representative attesting that the machinery concerned complies with all of the relevant provisions of the Machinery Directive.
The CE marking affixed to the machinery and the manufacturer’s EC Declaration of Conformity that shall accompany the machinery are the first elements that can be checked by the market surveillance authorities.
In particular, the EC Declaration of Conformity provides essential information to enable the market surveillance authorities to carry out the necessary checks:
- the identity of manufacturer of the machinery and of his authorised representative, where appropriate;
- the person authorised to compile the technical file;
- the conformity assessment procedure that has been followed and the identity of the Notified Body involved, where appropriate;
the other Directives that have been applied to cover certain hazards more specifically
- the harmonised standards or other technical specifications that have been applied, where appropriate.
The CE marking shall consist of the initials ‘CE’ taking the following form:
If the CE marking is reduced or enlarged the proportions shown in the above drawing must be respected.
The manufacturer may choose to affix the CE marking visibly, legibly and indelibly to the toy, to an affixed label or to the packaging.
The various components of the CE marking must have substantially the same vertical dimension, which may not be less than 5 mm. The minimum dimension may be waived for small-scale machinery.
The CE marking must be affixed in the immediate vicinity of the name of the manufacturer or his authorised representative, using the same technique.