CE marking of a lifting beam

University essay from Högskolan Dalarna/Maskinteknik

Abstract: Rotork is a company stationed in Falun municipality, Sweden and manufactures electric valve actuators. This thesis will investigate one of their lifting beams used in daily production. Although already being used for more than 10 years, it is still not yet CE market which is necessary for it to be used legally. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how the lifting beam complies with the existing directives, laws, and standards and provide a basis for CE marking. A six-step method for CE marking was decided as useful to fulfil the aims of this thesis. This method includes everything from identifying applicable directives and standards, relevant tests, documentation and a procedure to CE mark the product.The results show that the lifting beam shall indeed be regarded as a machine by the definition provided in the Machine directive 2006/42/EG and should therefore follow its requirements as well as the Swedish version of the Machine directive, AFS 2008:3. To verify which paragraphs of AFS 2008:3 the lifting beam complies with, does not comply with or are not relevant a risk analysis was performed. In order to interpret the meaning of the paragraphs in AFS 2008:3 and its appliance, a relevant standard for lifting beam was chosen which in this case was SS-EN 13155+A2:2009. The results of the risk analysis show that the lifting beam lacks in two areas, the technical documentation which needs to be completed and further tests of the mechanical constriction are needed for the lifting beam to finally be CE marked.

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