01 September 2010
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Product programme addresses EC Machinery Directive

As a leading supplier to engineering industry, EMKA has been studying the latest Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which regulates the installation of protective devices in dangerous situations.

The directive clearly deals with components such as hinges and locking mechanisms which can be found within the company's product range.

The text of the directive differentiates between guards – such as bars, doors and hatches – and protective devices and movable guards. Under the condition that no or infrequent access is required during the working process then fixed guards are generally used. EMKA believes that its products will be of interest in the arena of fixed guards, especially when fixed guards must be fitted by systems that can be opened or removed only with tools or where fixing systems must remain attached to the guards or to the machinery when the guards are moved. A third situation would be where possible, guards must be incapable of remaining in-place without their fixings

Products within the programme include a wide range of fixed or removable hinges and automatic or 'slam' locking catches. Examples may be drawn from a variety of slam cams, slam locks, spring loaded lock cylinders, retractable handle and spring closure side panel locks. A range of remote electronic cabinet locking systems provide keyed security plus access, control and event logging, which not only enables users to meet the requirements of the Machinery Directive, but also addresses issues of 'mischievous operators' by limiting access further only to approved personnel.

Paul Gay

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