• Requirements of Directives 2006/42/EC (machinery) and 2009/104/EC (tools) (4)
    The functioning of all industrial sectors is inextricably linked to the use of machines, devices and entire installations. Many technologically advanced areas require emphasis on safety issues, and their functioning includes ensuring safe and hygienic working conditions when using machines and other technical devices. A uniform system of technical EU regulations and New Approach directives regulate and ensure a consistent approach to the safety of devices and people operating them. The condition is their proper understanding and application. The regulations combine the requirements for manufacturers with those for operators. In addition to the device directives, there are so-called social directives, which apply independently, but at the same time as the New Approach directives.
  • Heat treatment in the process of qualification of steel arc welding technology (9)
    The article describes one of the specific issues related to the qualification of technologies - post-weld heat treatment, in particular in terms of additional requirements described in standards for various applications (product standards), recognized technical specifications and the ISO / TR 14745 technical report. Opinions presented and analyzed by the author they cannot replace an independent review of the issue and do not constitute official interpretations of individual requirements, which can only be formulated by the ISO/TC 44/SC committee. 10. However, they express the position of the Office of Technical Inspection regarding many detailed requirements that may cause controversy or misunderstanding during cooperation with companies implementing the technology qualification process. The aim of the article is not to repeat the provisions of standards and other reference documents, therefore it focuses only on the requirements that may cause difficulties in their interpretation.
  • Cathodic protection personnel certification (15)
    Cathodic protection (OK) is one of the electrochemical methods of protecting metals against corrosion. It is widely used, e.g. for the protection of pipelines in seawater or soil, buried or backfilled tanks. It is used in many responsible industries. The correct selection of the method for a given application, execution and supervision of it, as well as control during the operation process are a condition for the effectiveness of corrosion protection.
  • Diagnostics of critical infrastructure pressure equipment using the small punch test method (18)
    The Office of Technical Inspection (UDT) has been consistently implementing a strategy related to the development of a network of stationary and mobile laboratories for several years. One of the main objectives of this measure is to increase the availability of specialist research services for entrepreneurs operating in Poland. In addition to standard methods of non-destructive and destructive testing, the UDT laboratories offer also tests using drones, inspection robots, as well as advanced NDT testing techniques, i.e. PEC or UT-TFM.
  • Innovative applications of nanomaterials and graphite fillers to discharge electrostatic charges from tanks and pipelines made of glass fiber reinforced plastics (22)
    Currently, in many industries, a significant increase in the awareness of users about the potential danger resulting from the presence of combustible dust, vapor or gas fractions in technological processes is noticeable. The operation of plants in a continuous system means the need to find solutions to maintain a balance between the issues of safety and continuity of production. In this aspect, the key element from the point of view of process safety of the installation is the proper selection of devices and their assemblies for operation in explosion hazard zones.
  • Photovoltaic installations - nomenclature, documentation, commissioning and supervision of systems cooperating with the power grid (part 2) (28)
    The first part of the article describes the requirements for the documentation of photovoltaic systems, as well as the initial stage of checking the technical condition, which is the visual inspection. As indicated, checking is understood in this case as activities aimed at confirming the compliance of the electrical installation with the relevant requirements of the standards.
  • Extending the validity of renewable energy installer certificates (36)
    For nine years now, the Office of Technical Inspection has been issuing RES installer certificates for five types of renewable energy source installations: biomass boilers and stoves, photovoltaic installations, solar heating systems, heat pumps and shallow geothermal systems.
  • Coordination of notified bodies for the Lifts Directive 2014/33/EC (NB-L Coordination of Notified Bodies for Lifts) (part 2) (40)
    The second part presents three detailed issues in the area of work of task forces, presented in the form of a question - answer. Issues have an approved status.
  • Lifting devices for people with disabilities (part 3) (44)
    Continuing the series of articles on devices for people with disabilities, the study discusses guidelines for passenger lifts. As has already been indicated, the key standards regarding the accessibility of these devices for people with limited mobility are: PN-EN 81-70, which entirely relates to the subject of lift accessibility, and PN-EN 81-82, describing guidelines related to improving availability of existing lifts.
  • Autonomous AGV forklifts (part 2) (50)
    Autonomous transport trolleys, which are used to automate production and warehouse processes, successfully fit into the idea of Industry 4.0. New industries are constantly improving their logistics processes using this solution. These devices are subject to specific EU and national regulations. The article, the second in the series, discusses the EU directives, the requirements of which must be met by autonomous forklifts, and the normative guidelines for these devices.
  • Sevices for lifting loads installed in car workshops - jacks (56)
    UThe load-lifting equipment most commonly installed in vehicle service workshops are vehicle handling jacks (jacks), winches, and cranes. Such devices, regardless of their country of origin, placed on the market and put into service in the territory of the European Community, must meet the relevant conditions set out in the law. Buyers of hoists, winches or cranes with the intention of distributing or operating them should be aware that such equipment is subject to European Union directives, in particular the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. They should bear the CE mark and be provided with operating instructions and EC declarations of conformity in the language of the user's country.
  • Uncertainty and reliability of non-destructive testing (part 1) (60)
    When performing tests, we should consider their credibility and determine to what extent a given non-destructive testing method or technique meets the assumed goals and expectations of the test.

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