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Editor: Jonathan Severn
7th May 2014

A new list of Machinery Directive Harmonised Standards was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) on 11 April 2014. As expected, EN ISO 14119:2013 (the standard for guard interlocks) is now listed. This is the only change to the Type-B standard, as all the other changes relate to Type-C standards.

A dozen changes have been made to the Type-C standards, these being a mix of all-new standards and new versions of existing standards. The changes relate to specific classes of machinery and equipment ranging from compressors and vacuum pumps through to woodworking machinery, machine tools and garden equipment. There is also a new version of EN 61496-1:2013 'Safety of machinery - Electro-sensitive protective equipment - Part 1: General requirements and tests'. Follow the link to see a summary of the changes in the latest list of Machinery Directive Harmonised Standards.


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ahHow to have a customised IPC for the price of a standard IPC
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pzNew update to Pilz Machinery Safety Training Programme
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usPalm-sized colour touchscreen PLC for an incredible price
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Jeremy Procter explains how carefully designed guards can discourage the defeating of interlocks during machine setting, operation and maintenance. More?

mseWON launches Flexy modular industrial M2M router
M.A.C Solutions says the versatile eWon Flexy machine-to-machine VPN router will revolutionise remote access to industrial sites and machines. More?

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Jonathan Severn

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