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Industrial Machinery & Equipment

Industrial Machinery and Equipment used in the European Union requires CE Marking. If the equipment is intended for Great Britain’s market, it will need to be UKCA marked. This is similar to CE marking in terms of the conformity assessment procedure, with the main differences being in the Declaration of Conformity.

UKCA and CE Marking for industrial machinery and equipment are mandatory for nearly all products, including:

  • All equipment powered by moving parts
  • Conveying equipment
  • Sorters
  • Shredders
  • Balers
  • Wrapping
  • Heating, i.e., for ovens or materials such as metals
  • Injection and other molding equipment
  • Machines for the manufacturing of constructional products
  • Cranes
  • Boilers
  • Refrigerators
  • Lathes
  • Vacuum pumps and airlines
  • Finishing machines
  • Tail lifts
  • Drilling machines
  • Surface cleaning equipment
  • Tube rolling and forming machines
  • And many others

The CE Marking Process

Industrial machinery has powered moving parts, so the safety aspects are addressed by the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC). EMC aspects are addressed by the EMC Directive (2014/30/EU) and substance restrictions by RoHS (2011/65/EU). If the equipment uses radio for any data communication function, then you will need to consider the Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU).

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The UKCA Marking Process

UKCA regulations are similar in nature to the CE ones. The applicable UK Regulations will determine the exact actions a manufacturer must undertake for compliance.

The steps are as follows:

  • Amend existing EU compliance documentation (e.g., Technical Files and Declarations of Conformity) to reference current UK Regulations and Standards
  • Affixing UKCA Marking for industrial equipment
  • Obtaining third-party approval from a UK Approved Body when required

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Is CE/UKCA Marking Mandatory?

In short, yes, if the equipment falls within the scope of any one of several of the above directives and CE or UKCA legislation. This article will focus on the safety aspects of the Machinery Directive.

Annex I of the Machinery Directive lists the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs) which need to be addressed in your equipment before it can be considered safe. They are laid out in six sections which cover general remarks common to all products in scope.

The six sections cover a range of factors, such as:

  • Safety principles
  • Design to facilitate handling
  • Ergonomics
  • Control systems
  • Protection against cross-contamination (food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals)
  • Protection against mechanical hazards
  • Protection against emissions from noise
  • Maintenance and cleaning information
  • Markings and warnings
  • And more

As a manufacturer, you have to assess your equipment against these EHSRs to ensure that under all conditions of use the safety is maintained.

The manufacturer or their authorized representative must apply the following principles in the order given:

  • Eliminate or reduce risks as far as possible (inherently safe machinery design and construction).
  • Take the necessary protective measures concerning risks that cannot be eliminated.
  • Inform users of the residual risks due to any shortcomings of the protective measures adopted, indicate whether any particular training is required, and specify any need to provide PPE.

While its use is not compulsory, the harmonized standard BS EN ISO 12100:2010 Safety of machinery – General principles for design – Risk assessment and risk reduction provides fundamental guidance and an overall framework for designers making decisions during the development of machinery to enable them to design machines that are safe for their intended use.

In terms of standards to help manufacturers assess their equipment, there is a hierarchy that ranges from Type A to Type C.

  • A-type standards. A-type standards specify basic concepts, terminology, and design principles applicable to all machinery categories.
  • B-type standards. B-type standards deal with specific aspects of machinery safety or types of safeguard that can be used across a wide range of machinery categories.
  • C-type standards. C-type standards provide specifications for a given category of machinery.

Manufacturers should review all three standard classes for their products, ensuring they use the appropriate ones.

It is most important to apply the correct standard(s) to your equipment, and time spent researching is beneficial. As well as complying with the ESHRs, the Machinery Directive also has documentation and other requirements as part of the conformity assessment procedure.

Choose Technology International for CE and UKCA Marking for Industrial Equipment and Machinery

At Technology International, we can guide you through every step of the CE and UKCA Marking process for industrial machinery and equipment. We’re familiar with the certification process, whether a system is mechanical, electrical, or a combination of both.

Our manufacturing industry experience gives us the expertise to:

  • Determine which EU Directives apply to an item
  • Select the correct conformity modules
  • Assess design and build per standards
  • Aid with testing and risk assessment
  • Carry out the necessary product inspections
  • Compile the required documents for the Technical File

Contact us for support from the beginning to the end of the CE and UKCA Marking process. We can optimize the path to certification success, navigate decision trees, and analyze the range of options that work for your unique product.

We know your industry—from the most massive machines to the smallest components, we’re ready to assist with every step to obtain a CE or UKCA Marking for your industrial machinery and equipment.