On March 1, 2023, the national implementation of the EN IEC 62061 standard (Safety of machinery - Functional safety of safety-related electrical, electronic and programmable electronic control systems) is published. The withdrawal of the predecessor standard from 2005 including its amendments will take place on 26.4.2024. The deletion from the EU Official Journal will take place earlier, on 11.10.2023. This means that the 2005 edition loses its presumption of conformity with the Machinery Directive! All machines and systems placed on the market after October 11 should therefore comply with the new standard.
As previously reported, the risk graph included in Safexpert has already been converted to the new standard in the Safexpert 9.0 service pack. Information about this can be found in our Release Notes.
In practice, it is always a great effort to find out what exactly has changed. Above all, the search to which sections have been moved is sometimes very time-consuming and tedious.
As of version 9.0, Safexpert has the new "Document comparison" function. With it, you can use the specially developed filter functions to find out at the click of a mouse which sections of the predecessor document have been deleted, which have been newly added and where sections have been moved. Special parameters even inform you whether the content of a section has changed compared to the previous standard:
Figure 1: The new document comparison in Safexpert 9.0
We have provided the full texts of the standards editions with link destinations for each individual section A mouse click will thus display the two related sections next to each other at the correct position, provided you have purchased the standards in full text:
Figure 2: With a click of the mouse, Safexpert displays the related sections on the screen. This allows you to compare the contents optimally with each other.
This comparison makes it easier for you to make a concrete comparison of the contents. The EN 62061 standards are included in the "Machine Safety Plus" standards package. Details can be found in our price list.
The "document comparison" function is included free of charge in the new Safexpert 9.0 version. However, in order for the comparison to work, we had to prepare the standard in machine-readable data form. To do this, we transferred each individual section of the standard into our new "document structure" type data format in our database.
We have completed this for EN 62061 for you. In addition, we have digitized over 1,500 other German and English standards from the field of "Safety of machinery" in months of meticulous detailed work. This is how we proceeded:
To supplement the "Machine Safety" and "Machine Safety Plus" standards packages, we are now offering you the matching "Machine Safety" and "Machine Safety Plus" document structure packages.
With the matching and very cost-effective maintenance contracts for these two packages, we ensure that you receive the updated and digitized standards, including references to the predecessor standard, when standards are changed.
Document structure package "Machine safety" contains the processed data of the EN 60204-1, EN ISO 12100, EN ISO 13849-1, EN ISO 13850, EN ISO 13854, EN ISO 13855, EN ISO 13857
Details about this package can be found in our price list.
Document structure package "Machine Safety Plus“ contains the prepared data of approx. 60 further standards. This also includes the document structure of EN 62061 for these standards editions:
In addition to this, you can already acquire all the standards published in the EU Official Journal in accordance with the Machinery Directive in digitized form. In addition, we also digitize other documents that our customers urgently need. For EN ISO 9001 (quality management systems), for example, we have already completed this.
This is a selection of standards that have already been prepared as document structures.
Please contact us if you need document structures for other standards. We will check for you without obligation whether we can develop the data and, in this case, we will provide you with an offer.
Note: On Safexpert Live Server we have also included the document structures of some directives (Machinery, Low Voltage, Pressure Equipment, EMC Directive, ...). Of course, we also plan to quickly digitize the Machinery Regulation announced for this year. If possible, we will include the references to the individual sections of the Machinery Directive that is currently still valid. This will make it much easier for you to switch to the new Machinery Regulation.
The benefits of machine-readable data only unfold for you as a user when you have "machines" - or rather "software systems" - that generate valuable and up-to-date knowledge from this data. Safexpert already has numerous such functions and digital analyses, for example:
Posted on: 2023-03-06
Ing. Helmut Frick Since 1994 CE consulting in mechanical and plant engineering with focus on CE organization and standards management. Managing director of IBF Holding GmbH and head of the business unit "Digital Standardization".
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