Machine Directive 2006/42/EG

What is the Machinery Directive?

In addition to DIN IEC 82079-1, the Machinery Directive is extremely important in technical communication. The purpose of this set of regulations on machine safety within the EU is to maintain a uniform level of protection for accident prevention. It contains requirements for the design and construction of machinery products. This provides a new legal basis for making machinery products available on the market and putting them into service.

In addition, the regulation defines rules for the free movement of machinery products in the European Union. Annex III Operating Instructions and Annex IX Assembly Instructions for incomplete machines, for example, define requirements for documentation. The new Machinery Regulation EU 2023/1230 of June 29, 2023 replaces the previously valid Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

The technical documentation and the Machinery Directive

There is no way around the Machinery Directive when it comes to creating technical documentation for machines and plants. In this machine directive, it is legally defined that each machine delivery must be enclosed with an operating manual. The following applies: Machines without documentation may not be placed on the market under any circumstances. Clear and comprehensive technical information (e.g. by indicating residual risks) in the documentation should facilitate the use of the machines and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.

Legally compliant work with TIM

The list of requirements for operating manuals according to the Machinery Directive is long, as well as the list of tasks for a technical writer. The CCMS TIM helps you not to lose the overview. Thanks to numerous features such as the Schematron check, TIM enables you to work efficiently in a legally compliant manner. This saves you time and allows you to concentrate on your essential tasks.

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DIN EN 82079-1 & the new version of the norm

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DIN EN 82079-1 is considered the "mother of all norms" for technical documentation. Find out how this important guideline as well as the Machinery Directive has been revised and what consequences this has for technical writing in this exciting blog article. To the blog article

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