Author Archives: Peter Jolles

Changes to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

Some pretty drastic changes to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC were published on the European Commission’s Machinery Directive page on March 18, 2019. Most noticeably, prior to March 18, all of the harmonized standards attached to the Machinery Directive and published … Continue reading

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New RoHS standard – EN 63000:2018

CENELEC has published a new RoHS standard, announcing it, here. The new standard is EN ISO 63000:2018 Technical Documentation for the assessment of electrical and electronic products with respect to the restriction of hazardous substances. The referenced CENELEC article indicates … Continue reading

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Critical Component List

F2 Labs performs safety evaluations & testing, EMC testing, and consulting for various compliance related issues faced by our customers. We open safety evaluations at F2 Labs by sending a list of information we need in order to review the … Continue reading

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RoHS 2011/65/EU and a Tale of Three Guitars

The world has many good guitar manufacturers but it is commonly accepted that the very best guitars are made in the United States. Few guitar players will dispute that. In the world of acoustic guitars there are three ‘big’ manufacturers … Continue reading

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CE marking, harmonized EN standards, & EN 60204-1:2018

The main electrical safety standard for machinery, EN 60204-1, was revised by CENELEC and published on September 14, 2018. The currently harmonized version, EN 60204-1:2006+A1:2009, is still the officially recognized version. What does this mean? As a primer, I suggest … Continue reading

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Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Article 1 (b) interchangeable equipment

As usual, I opened the RAPEX Weekly Report that delivers to my inbox every Friday morning. Scrolling through, I reviewed three cases involving saw blades. These are interesting because they were stopped for violating the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Normally when … Continue reading

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The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and Notified Bodies

What is a Notified Body and what does it have to do with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC? In most cases presented to us, absolutely nothing. I wanted to write this article because we are asked, from time to time, if … Continue reading

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CE marking Ambiguity

Yesterday I posted an article pertaining to last week’s RAPEX report and the scope of the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU. Today I reviewed this week’s ‘catch’ of non-conforming products and it is a very illustrative of the opaqueness, sometimes, of … Continue reading

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The Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU, its scope, and products that operate from DC voltage.

“F2 Labs is not the EU police and I do not know any EU police.” I say that very often to customers when I speak with them, particularly as it relates to the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/Eu and its scope, … Continue reading

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Automatic Bar Controls, Inc. – Pizza Sauce Dispenser

F2 Labs and Automatic Bar Controls, Inc. have collaborated on many compliance projects over the years and so we are pretty familiar with some of their products. It was very interesting to see some of the pizza sauce dispenser… which … Continue reading

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