Detailed definitions of the products covered by the machinery directive
Definition of machine according to directive 2006/42/EC
In the aforementioned regulation the machine is defined as “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”.
In Article 2, letter a of the directive, further specifications are set out on this point. For more information, find here the complete text of DIRECTIVE 2006/42/CE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL.
Definition of partly completed machinery according to directive 2006/42/EC
The directive defines partly completed machinery as “an assembly which is almost machinery but which cannot in itself perform a specific application. Partly completed machinery is only intended to be incorporated into or assembled with other machinery or other partly completed machinery or equipment”
Definition of interchangeable equipment according to directive 2006/42/EC
Their definition in the norm is: “a device which, after the putting into service of machinery, is assembled with that machinery 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”
Definition of safety components according to directive 2006/42/EC
The safety components according to 2006/42 are: “a component which serves to fulfil a safety function”
Definition of lifting accessories according to directive 2006/42/EC
In the text of the directive they are identified as “component or equipment not attached to the lifting machinery, allowing the load to be held, which is placed between the machinery and the load or on the load itself, or which is intended to constitute an integral part of the load and which is independently placed on the market; slings and their components are also regarded as lifting accessories”
Definition of chains, ropes and belts according to directive 2006/42/EC
The standard defines them as “chains, ropes and webbing designed and constructed for lifting purposes as part of lifting machinery or lifting accessories”
Definition of removable mechanical transmission devices according to directive 2006/42/EC
They are described, in the quoted text, as “removable component for transmitting power between self-propelled machinery or a tractor and another machine by joining them at the first fixed bearing”