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Oktober 2015


Interpretation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC regarding modernization of metallurgical machinery/plant



Metallurgical machinery/plant of our sector is understood as an "assembly of machinery" according to Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and is subject to various European Directives.

In the first place the Machinery Directive (MD) applies. Based on the MD, sector-specific C-type standards have been developed in CEN/TC 322 "Equipment for making and shaping of metals – Safety requirements". Furthermore, the Pressure Equipment Directive, ATEX Directive and the Low-Voltage Directive are of particular interest.

Metallurgical machinery/plant (e. g., steel converters, continuous casting machines, hot and cold flat rolling mills, foil rolling mills, strip processing lines, slitting lines, extrusion presses) are typically operated for decades. But a permanent development of new equipment and technology in conjunction with new rules and regulations (such as quality, productivity, environment, health and safety) results in modernization of such machinery/plant to increase, e. g., the efficiency of the production.

In this context, the question of minor or major change always needs to be answered at a modernization project. Especially regarding the MD, the consequences are often being controversially discussed.

The EUnited Metallurgy Position Paper "Interpretation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC regarding modernization of metallurgical machinery/plant" is intended to clarify the state of affairs.


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