Author Archives: Peter Jolles

EU’s Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products

The EU has a direct conduit for market surveillance authorities to communicate information about non-compliant products directly between 31 EU member nations and the European Commission. This system is called the Rapid Alert System, or RAPEX. This is not where … Continue reading

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IP69 vs. IP69K

We are presented with a request for quote for IP69K testing on a regular basis at F2 Labs. Usually my first reply to the customer is this, “Do you mean IP69 or IP69K?” Believe it or not, there is a … Continue reading

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Aerosol Dispensers Directive 75/324/EEC

The Aerosol Dispensers Directive 75/324/EEC, also called the ADD 75/324/EEC is one of Europe’s oldest Directives. Although it has never been replaced like, for instance, the Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC (replaced by the LVD 2006/95/EC and then the LVD 2014/35/EU) … Continue reading

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RoHS 2011/65/EU, EN 50581:2012, and clause 4.3.3.

Manufacturers that send equipment to the EU with a CE marking must understand that a CE marking is a blanket claim by the manufacturer. The claim is that the equipment complies with any applicable CE marking Directive. This article is … Continue reading

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Safety Fences and the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

While reading the new Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Edition 2.1, I was interested to see that the last sentence in section 42, dealing with Safety Components and their status under the Machinery Directive, is this: Specific … Continue reading

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Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Edition 2.1 – published in July 2017 and EN 61010-1 equipment

The Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Edition 2.1, was published by the EC Commission in July. The link to the document is here. Be advised that is a direct download link. The “guideline” is extremely useful and … Continue reading

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ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU and the ATEX Directive 99/92/EC

The ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU applies to equipment used in mines and potentially explosive atmospheres. It is very common for the sales staff at F2 Labs to receive a request for technical assistance to comply with ATEX but it is not … Continue reading

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Net Neutrality, what is it?

I have been hearing a lot about “net neutrality” lately but I did not really know what it means, probably the same as most people, so I decided to find out. Read on. Basically, net neutrality means that no place … Continue reading

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RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU – Article 4 (3) – expired

The RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, Article 4 (3) exclusion for industrial monitoring and control instruments expired on Saturday, July 22, 2017. That exclusion was used by quite a few manufacturers to delay RoHS compliance, but Article 4 (3) is now gone. … Continue reading

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Safety Components and the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

From time to time we are presented with a device that seemingly “fits” into the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU because it only has electric function and no moving components. This would lead most to apply the Low Voltage Directive instead … Continue reading

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