Liability and safety risks Quality pays off for you and your company

The international guidelines ensure that there are globally harmonised quality standards within the industry. As of 29th December 2009, the manufacturers of complete and incomplete machines are guided by the health and safety requirements as per the new EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. The basis for the Machinery Directive is made up of two new EU ordinances 764/2008 EC and 765/2008 EC. 

These safety directives are first and foremost intended to protect employees from being injured by machines. Just like before the legislative reform, they stipulate that the manufacturer is responsible for circulating appropriately safe products, while on the other hand, the machine operator must also commit to various obligations.

The operator is thus responsible for resolving or, as far as possible, minimising risks to the operating staff when using the machine. This is why regular training about relevant protective measures for personnel is a legal requirement. It also helps to reduce liability risks resulting from possible accidents that machine operators could be exposed to following the purchase. This clarifies that the Machinery Directive does not just apply to the planning and design phases but also to operation and maintenance.

By only using new components authorised by the manufacturer and legislator as part of our product overhaul repairs we are helping you to ensure that repaired modules adhere to safety-related and legal requirements. This ensures that your maintenance work is completed safely and, that in accordance with the specified quality standards, there are no risks regarding the operating licence, health and safety and service life of your modules.

We thus avert any liability and safety risks and prevent impending failures.

Cleaning and inspection – BVS Industrie-Elektronik

Every modules that is repaired, replaced or that you receive as a replacement part has been professionally cleaned. This prevents any malfunctions caused by contaminations and thus extends the service life of your module.

Function and performance test – BVS Industrie-Elektronik

We have over 100 function and performance test stands that simulate operation of the module during production, that we have either purchased directly from the manufacturer or that have been reconstructed by our Development department in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.

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We use new components approved by the manufacturer or the legislator for the repairs.

Preventive exchange – BVS Industrie-Elektronik

For every repair and all of the exchange and replacement modules in our warehouse, we will replace all of the components that are subject to ageing or use-related wear during an overhaul repair.

Testing devices for fault diagnosis – BVS Industrie-Elektronik

We use the latest testing devices for fault diagnosis, including:

  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Logic tester
  • Rework station
  • Flying Prober
  • VI measurement instrument
  • Prommer
DIN ISO certification – BVS Industrie-Elektronik

We have been certified in accordance with the quality management standard ISO 9001 since 2008 and in accordance with environmental standard ISO 14001 since 2017.

In addition, our internal testing lab always works in strict adherence with ISO TS16949 / VDA 6.4.

Continuous training of our service technicians – BVS Industrie-Elektronik

To ensure the highest quality of our processes and services on a permanent basis, we provide continuous training to our specialist engineers, technician and electronic engineers.

What does the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC regulate?

The European Directive 2006/42/EC, also known as the Machinery Directive, is a significant legislation of the EU that regulates the field of machine safety and occupational health. It was developed to ensure a high level of product safety for machinery in the European market while facilitating the free movement of goods within the EU.

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is not a regulation in the strict sense but a directive. This means that it must be transposed into national law by the member states. For example, in Germany, this is done through the Product Safety Act and the Machinery Ordinance.

The Machinery Directive establishes fundamental requirements for machines to ensure the safety of individuals who come into contact with them. It applies not only to industrial machinery but also to everyday objects such as household appliances, tools, or toys that have a specific mode of operation.

An important aspect of the Machinery Directive is the risk assessment. Manufacturers must conduct a comprehensive analysis to identify potential risks and take appropriate measures to mitigate them. This may include the application of relevant standards mentioned in the Machinery Directive. Standards are technical documents that define requirements, procedures, and guidelines for specific products or services.

Furthermore, the Machinery Directive stipulates that machines must be affixed with the CE marking to demonstrate their conformity with the requirements. The CE marking is a symbol indicating that the product complies with the applicable European regulations and can be freely marketed in the European Economic Area.

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is of great importance in ensuring a uniform level of safety for machinery in the EU. It contributes to reducing occupational accidents, improving occupational health protection, and safeguarding consumers from potential hazards. By establishing clear requirements and procedures, the directive also provides manufacturers with a solid foundation for designing and distributing safe machines.

Overall, the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC represents an important legal framework that ensures the safety of machinery in Europe and contributes to the harmonization of the internal market.