New European Directives – Are you ready?

In accordance with the New Legislative Framework (NLF), there are several forthcoming changes to existing European New Approach Directives – Are you ready?

Three (3) of the updated EU Directives that are most likely to impact Machine Builders are:-

The Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC, is to be superseded by 2014/35/EU with effect from 20th April 2016.

The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2004/108/EC, is to be superseded by 2014/30/EU with effect from 20th April 2016.

The Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX) Directive 94/9/EC, is to be superseded by 2014/34/EU with effect from 20th April 2016

Staff at Laicon Inc., would be happy to answer any questions that you may have pertaining to these forthcoming changes, please contact us on 407-926-6185, or at info@laicon.us

CE Training in conjunction with TUV SUD UK & Kent State University

FLYER – CE Training with Kent State University & TUV SUD UK

Laicon Inc. are pleased to announce the forthcoming 3 Day CE Marking course, to be conducted by TUV SUD UK Training Officer (David Corr) and hosted by Kent State University, on 2nd, 3rd & 4th December 2014.

This 3 Day CE Training course will help US Manufacturers, who export to Europe, to better understand how to meet the legislative requirements that are defined by the EU New Approach Directives – http://www.newapproach.org/Directives/DirectiveList.asp

The CE Training course focuses on the Machinery Safety Directive (Mechanical & Electrical), includes back ground information pertaining to CE Marking, Risk Assessment methodology, EN Standards Training and an interactive discussion on the aspects of CE requirements; as well as a ‘take home’ distance learning program that allows the students to ‘practice’ their new found skills on a Virtual Reality Machine/Complex Assembly.

Certification will be provided by Kent State University and will include ‘hours’ towards PE continuous annual Training requirements.

Please see the attached Flyer for registration details.

City of Mentor International Trade Program Presents

ITAC Flyer 2014          Alan Scott is pleased to announce that he shall be presenting at the forthcoming ‘City of Mentor International Trade Program’, on Tuesday 20th May 2014, at the LaMalfa Centre/Holiday Inn Express, Heisley Rd. in Mentor, Ohio.

The discussions will be presented by various section experts and will cover International Trade topics, such as the European RoHS & WEEE Directives, CE compliance to the European Machinery, Low Voltage & EMC Directives and the CCC Marking process for China certification.

Case-Studies, Q&A sessions and break-out groups will be made available to attendees, to further discuss their own specific equipment with the Presenters.

Please follow the Link to make enquiries about attending this particular Workshop.

We hope to see you there.

International Standards Update Seminar

Alan Scott (of Laicon Inc.) is pleased to announce that he shall be presenting at the “International Standards Update” Seminar, hosted at the Wingate Hotel, West Chester, Ohio on Friday 1st March 2013.

This Seminar has been organized by Kathy Marshalek, of Wright State University, to discuss International Safety Mark requirements, including discussion on CE, UL, CSA & CCC.

Alan Scott shall be presenting on Basic CE Marking Theory, including topics such as:- What is CE? What is the significance of CE? How do we comply? What are EHSR’s? Which standard should I use? How do I compile a Technical File?

Other Presenters include John Liu of F-Squared Laboratories, Sylvia Mohr of the US Mission to the EU and Kimberly Kirkendall of International Resource Development Inc.

Recommended attendees include any US Manufacturers who export to Europe, Chine and/or Canada, including their Design Engineers, Project Engineers, Legal Departments and Technical publication Departments. For further information on this Seminar, please contact Kathy Marshalek at Kathy.Marshalek@wright.edu or contact Alan Scott directly on 1-407-716-1963 or atalan.scott@laicon.us

Laicon takes part in ITAC seminar

Alan Scott of Laicon Inc. was pleased to be a part of the recent Seminar event hosted by the International Trade Assistance Centers (ITAC) at the College of Business (Cleveland State University) on the 15th Nov 2012. Alan provided a 1 hour presentation on ‘Basic CE Requirements for the European Market’ that was warmly received by the attendees.

The workshop covered certifications from around the globe that are needed for international trade and the program was geared towards project managers, engineering professionals, compliance executives, and legal departments to better understand the rules for CE Marking in accordance with the various EU Directives; as well as requirements for CSA and UL certifications and how to successfully apply for Chinese certification.

The Seminar included typical case studies to help companies best position themselves to comply with today’s global marketplace, with a Q&A Session on completion of the Presentations.

For further information on similar events, please contact Alan Scott on 1-407-716-1963 or atalan.scott@laicon.us

EN 13849 – Are You Ready?

As many Companies will already be aware, the European Commission are withdrawing EN954 with effect from Dec 31st 2011.

In lieu of EN954, any Machine being placed within the EEA (European Economic Area) from 1st Jan 2012 onwards, will require their Safety Related Parts of Control Systems (SRP/CS) to be compliant and validated to either EN13849 orEN62061.

Although EN13849 & EN62061 have already been around for a number of years, it has always been generally accepted that EN954 was the ‘easier‘ Standard to comply with when CE Marking Machinery (if not always the mostappropriate standard).

However, now that the ‘EN954 option’ will no longer be available to any person(s) exporting Machinery to Europe, in my opinion, the new trend appears to be leaning more towards utilizing the EN 13849 Series of EN Standards for CE compliance of the Safety Related Parts of Control System i.e. EN13849-1 and EN13849-2.

What does this mean to Manufacturers here in the USA?

If you are an OEM exporting to Europe, OrIf you are a company who modifies existing Machinery for export to the European Market, Or… If you are transferring Machinery to a European Partner or European Sister Company, Or… If you are a 3rd Party who is responsible for importing Machinery into Europe; you will need to ensure that your Safety Related Control System (and Safety Parts of the Control System), meets with the requirements of either EN13849 or EN62061.

What is EN13849 & EN62061?

Upon initial review, these two EN Standards may appear to be somewhat complex in their content and meaning, but in essence their purpose is to replace the outdated principles reflected within EN954. As technology has advanced over the years so too has the requirement to keep pace with this new technology; subsequently, it was identified that there was a necessity for more ‘relevant’ EN Standards, pertaining to the subject of SRP/CS.

Historically, Machinery Builders have utilized EN954 to identify the appropriate ‘Control Category’ for their Machines Safety Related Parts of the Control System (SRP/CS) i.e. Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3 & Cat 4. Now, however, Machine Builders will need to decide if they wish to achieve CE Compliance via EN13849 (Which introducesPerformance Levels (PL) in place of Control Categories i.e. PLa, PLb, PLc, PLd & PLe)….OR…. If they wish to achieve CE Compliance via EN62061 (Which introduces Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) in place of Control Categories i.e. SIL1, SIL2 & SIL3).

It is worth noting that EN13849 is generally accepted as a direct replacement for EN954 as it covers any source of Energy (e.g. Electrical, Hydraulic, Pneumatic), whereas EN62061 is for the more complex Safety Related Electrical, Electronic and Programmable Electronic Control Systems (i.e. Of an Electrical nature only). It is also of note that EN13849 is broken down into two parts; EN13849-1 (General Principles for Design) and EN13849-2 (Validation).

How can Laicon Inc help you?

Laicon Inc is pleased to announce that they can offer their clients an initial EN13849-1 Machine Assessment to determine the Performance Level required (PLr) of their Machinery SRP/CS, as well as a full EN13849-2 Validation Service to confirm, verify and validate that the PLr has in fact been achieved. These Validation Report Documents need to be made available / incorporated into the Machinery Technical Construction File (TCF). Please click on the “EN13849 Assessment and Validation Services” Link, under the CE Marking Section on the left hand side of our Home page for further details.

Let us help you to get it right!

Should you require further information pertaining to EN13849 (or EN62061), or if you are interested in discussing the methodology of the Validation Services for these EN Standards, please contact Laicon Inc at info@laicon.us or enquiries@laicon.us or contact myself directly at  alan.scott@laicon.us. For further information on our other Services, please call us on 407-926-6185. Thank You.

Laicon Inc conducting Presentation

Laicon Inc conducting Presentation on RoHS, WEEE, REACH and new Machinery Directives, at ITAC CE Marking Seminar, on Wednesday 6th October 2010.

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