137-11 2011-12-19

Machine Safety: EN 954 Presumption of Conformity Expires at the End of 2011

The extended EN 954-1 presumption of conformity for special applications in accordance with the European Machinery Directive finally expires at the end of 2011. As a result, the ISO 13849-1/-2 or IEC 62061 methodology must now also be applied to all special machines in circulation in the European Union. Machine manufacturers must verify and document that they have conformed to this standard in their machine control systems. Furthermore, an ever-increasing number of sales markets have followed suit and adopted ISO 13849. The safety experts at Bosch Rexroth highlight the fact that in Brazil, for example, the NR12 machine safety standard has been used since the end of 2010 to regulate the requirements for ensuring safe machine operation in accordance with the European Machinery Directive. This standard applies to both new and already installed machines that have to be retrofitted to some extent.

For years, Bosch Rexroth has provided support to machine manufacturers from all branches of industry in the implementation of this cross-technology standard for ensuring functional safety. Bosch Rexroth also provides services, such as training sessions and consultations, on the subject of standardized safety concepts in Europe and in the international markets.

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the Rexroth brand name, the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling, and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation and Renewable Energies. The company provides customized solutions tailored to the needs and specifications of each individual market. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces, and sells components and systems in over 80 countries. As part of the Bosch Group, Bosch Rexroth and its 34,900 associates generated approximately 5.1 billion euros in revenue in 2010.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 285,000 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros in fiscal 2010. For 2011, the company forecasts sales of more than 50 billion euros and a headcount of a good 300,000 by the end of the year. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent 3.8 billion euros for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

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