Author Archives: Peter Jolles

CE marking – Equipment is stopped in French customs, what now?

The sales department at F2 Labs fields phone calls from primarily US manufacturers. We have heard every scenario imaginable as pertains CE marking, from, “What is CE marking? We are about to disassemble and crate our machine and noticed that CE … Continue reading

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Building a machine for the EU? Here is some wiring guidance from one of our senior safety engineers.

We help manufacturers every day with the task of CE marking their equipment for shipment to the EU. Very often we are asked questions by our customer’s engineering staff and one of the most common questions pertains to wire colors. … Continue reading

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RoHS 2011/65/EU – New Restrictions July 2019

RoHS 2011/65/EU presently requires compliance for electrical and electronic equipment to these six substances indicated in Annex II: We note that RoHS 2011/65/EU was amended by Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 in March of 2015. The new restrictions are highlighted … Continue reading

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EN 62368-1:2014 will replace EN 60950-1 and EN 60065

EN 62368-1:2014 will replace two main EN standards on December 20, 2020. A year or two years ago this seemed a long way off. Now it is right around the corner. To begin with, we want to take a look … Continue reading

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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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