According to European Directive 2006/42/EC : the following definitions shall apply:

  • «machinery »:
    • an assembly, fitted with or intended to be fitted with a drive system other than directly applied human or animal effort, consisting of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, and which are joined together for a specific application,
    • an assembly referred to in the first indent, missing only the components to connect it on site or to sources of energy and motion,
    • an assembly referred to in the first and second indents, ready to be installed and able to function as it stands only if mounted on a means of transport, or installed in a building or a structure,
    • assemblies of machinery referred to in the first, second and third indents or partly completed machinery referred to in point (g) which, in order to achieve the same end, are arranged and controlled so that they function as an integral whole,
    • an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves and which are joined together, intended for lifting loads and whose only power source is directly applied human effort;
  • "interchangeable equipment" :
    • means a device which, after the putting into service of machinery or of a tractor, is assembled with that machinery or tractor by the operator himself in order to change its function or attribute a new function, in so far as this equipment is not a tool;
  • "safety component" means a component:
    • which serves to fulfil a safety function,
    • which is independently placed on the market,
    • the failure and/or malfunction of which endangers the safety of persons, and
    • which is not necessary in order for the machinery to function, or for which normal components may be substituted in order for the machinery to function.
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  • «partly completed machinery»:
    • means an assembly which is almost machinery but which cannot in itself perform a specific application. A drive system is partly completed machinery. Partly completed machinery is only intended to be incorporated into or assembled with other machinery or other partly completed machinery or equipment, thereby forming machinery to which this Directive applies;
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picture of a EC machinery
EC Machinery for a french customer
picture of a EC machinery :  5-axis machining centre
EC machinery : 5-axis machining centre

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