CE (Conformité Européene) marking is a legal compliance required for products sold within the European Union market. A CE marking indicates that the products being sold in the European Economic Area have been examined and then assessed to meet the stringent criteria for health, safety and protection of environment. ‘Conformité Européene’ is a French phrase which translates to ‘European Conformity’ in English.
For machines and in particular the automated material handling system , there are basically three CE Directives that need to be fulfilled to get the affixation of the CE marking.
Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC)
For automated material handling equipment, the Machinery Directive entails that all the machines or installations that are supplied to the market and are installed, used and maintained properly must have no adverse effects on the safety and health of the people using them.
The EMC Directive (2014/30/EU)
The Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) Directive requires electrical and electronic equipment to conform to its conditions. The EMC Directive also stands for automated material handling machinery. Any machine that is using solenoids and motors etc. should comply with EMC Directive to get the CE marking. There are two major requirements for machines to comply the EMC Directive:
- Equipment should not become a source of electromagnetic interference.
- Equipment should not be vulnerable for malfunctioning from other external sources of electromagnetism.
This CE Directive ensures that the machine in question and other machines around it can work in the optimal and hazard-free electromagnetic conditions.
Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU)
With newer technologies making their way in the automated material handling industry, now certain models are required to fulfill the Low Voltage Directive with regard to the CE. All the machines that are operating in the voltage ratings of DC: 75V to 1500V and AC: 50 to 1000V must meet the specifications for any given country situated in the European Economic Area.
Steps to Get CE marking for Automated Material Handling Systems
There are few steps that you have to go through to get CE marking for your machines for automated material handling systems:
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Construction Products Regulation 2013
The lifts and safety components of lifts Directive 2014/33/EU
CETA, Trade agreement between the EU and Canada
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation EU 2016/425
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