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product information guard systems

Safety by all recognised standards

Protective enclosures have to do more than just satisfy specific functional requirements. They also play a crucial role in ensuring machine safety. That is why they must comply with numerous standards. For example, in the EU, every machine must carry the CE mark and, in order to do so, it must pass a comprehensive conformity assessment.

Guidelines and requirements

Besides European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, European Standard EN 953 also sets out specific features that a protective enclosure for machines and plants must satisfy. The European Machinery Directive includes concrete specifications for protective enclosures and guards. For example, they must be tamper-proof and all screws and bolts must have a captive design. A protective enclosure or guard must also be designed so that it cannot remain in its intended position unless all fastening elements are in place.

Moreover, there are companies that have developed their own safety standards and expect machine builders to fit out their machines accordingly.

Flexible and adaptable

When it comes to guards and enclosures for machinery, item is a prestigious partner that offers expertise and experience. item guards and enclosures aren’t just designed to meet the applicable standards, they are also based on the modular item MB Building Kit System and ensure users can satisfy all statutory and company-specific safety requirements.

White Paper about machine safety

The item White Paper on machine safety offers a compact overview of:

  1. The Machinery Directive
  2. The conformity assessment for demonstrating machine safety
  3. Engineering approaches for building safe machines and plants