Today, the pursuit of quality has also become a new dimension in the manufacture of machines, plants, fixtures, tools and testing equipment. It has turned into a management task in all areas of the company with its vertical and horizontal divisions.

A continuous improvement of products and processes is essential for companies to survive in today's competitive environment. To achieve this, it is necessary to link product development and monitoring with effective document and knowledge management. This reqires a consistent alignment of the underlying processes to the goal of continuous improvement and intelligent software support.

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC requires that the aspect of human and environmental safety be included in the development, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of a machine. Compliance with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC can be ensured by complying with the harmonized standards. The advantage of this approach lies in prevention, e.g. you can identify risks and dangers at an early stage and avoid later correction costs.

PLATO provides a solution that supports the 10-step procedure of DIN EN ISO 13849 in an integrated method and data concept.

What is the intention?

Aspect of safety for human nature and environment shall be included into the relevant phases of the life cycle of the machine (development, use, operation, maintenance).

To whom does it apply?

  • Machine and machine component manufacturer
  • Importer and salesmen
  • Machine operators

What is the scope of application?

  • Machines and replaceable equipment
  • Safety components
  • Load handling devices, chains, wires, belts
  • Removable drive shafts
  • Incomplete machines

Why do I have to comply with the machinery directive?

  1. Legal basis for design, sales and operation of any machine in Europe
  2. Each EU-directive is transformed in national law (Germany: equipment safety act)
  3. Compliance with the directive is documented by CE labelling
  4. The CE label is an „admission ticket“ for introducing a product into the european market

How do I proof conformity with the machinery directive?

  • Via conformity assessment procedure (complexity is related to safety requirements of the machine)
  • Proof evidence about analysed and implemented safety requirements
  • Proof of evidence is possible by
    1. Acceptance of machinery by an inspection authority
    2. Proof of safety with enhanced verification and documentation
    3. Comply with harmonized machinery directive

Your benefits

  • Standard compliance - Legal certainty regarding the Machinerey Directive ISO 14121-1:2007
  • Safe machinery - Avoiding worst-case scenarios
  • Cost saving - Identification of risks in early stages of development phase
  • Catalogs - Using catalogs for risk and operational situations
  • Using database - Build-up and reuse corporate knowledge base
  • Time saving - Effort to maintain data is minimized
  • Methods integration - Data may be incorporated into other methods, e.g. FMEA
  • Web application - Working in a browser allows easy access to the software
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Marcus Schorn, CTO of PLATO AG, in the interview at the Control 2017

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