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Machinery safety assessment refers to the safety-related design of a machine.

This means minimizing any potential hazards that a machine might pose, such as excessive heat or noise, open and dangerous components, mechanical vibrations, exposure to poisonous substances, and dangers posed by electricity or radiation.

Machines must also be protected from operating errors. Machine safety is therefore an essential component of every machine concept.

Comprehensive safety concepts are necessary to ensure that machines are safe. These concepts, which follow current standards and guidelines, consider all potential hazards that a machine might pose over its life cycle. For this, it is necessary to determine potential dangers that can emanate from a machine and to assess them correctly. The machine’s safety components can then be designed accordingly, and its safety validated.

Since 2012 we have been providing the machine safety requirements of the EU machinery directive 2006/42/EC, for example for Risk Assessment, PL analysis, and the assessment of operating Instruction Manuals.

Experts in machinery and plant safety assessment, according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

XEFRA’s experts can assist our customers in all the steps necessary for the machinery safety and plants, according to the EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC:

  • Legislative Framework and Safety Requirements Identification: research into the global legislative and regulatory requirements applicable to your type of machines. We have experience in North American, European, Chinese, Australian, Brazilian and many other countries legislation and standardization, with a network of trusted professional collaborators.

  • Machinery Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis: the analysis of the machine through direct examination of the same and the related documentation (drawings, etc.) with respect to the requirements of the Machinery Safety Standards EN ISO 12100:2010 and ISO/TR 14121-2:2010;

  • Machinery electrical equipment analysis and test: the analysis of the electrical equipment of the machine through direct examination of the same and the related documentation (diagrams, etc.) compared to the requirements of the CEI EN 60204-1:2018 standard; 
  • Machinery fluidic systems analysis and test the analysis of pneumatic and hydraulic equipment, to verify compliance with the EN ISO 4413:2012 and EN ISO 4414:2012 standards;
  • Instruction manual consolidation: verifying the machine’s instruction manual;
  • Machinery Safety control system verification and testing: the analysis and verification of control circuits with safety functions (PL & SIL), the validation of control circuits with safety functions EN ISO 13849-1:2016 and EN ISO 13849-2:2013, the validation of software with security functions according to EN ISO 13849-1:2016 and EN ISO 13849-2:2013 standards.

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