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Proven Energy, a supplier of small wind turbines, selected Laidler to provide assistance with the self declaration of its latest P35-2 12.1kW wind turbine to the new European Machinery Directive.

The company asked safety and compliance consultant Laidler Associates, part of the Machinery division of TUV SUD Product Service, to help with completing the compliance procedure including the preparation of the technical file.

Proven Energy was aware that it could satisfy the CE marking requirements in relation to its products by self declaring them for compliance with the EMC, Low Voltage and Machinery Directives.

The company decided, however, that owing to changes to the requirements with the new Machinery Directive it would be sensible to have assistance that would give its end users a high level of confidence.

The product that was of most immediate concern to the company was its new P35-2 turbine, which has a rated power of 10.5kW and a reference annual energy (RAE) output in excess of 23,000kWh.

These characteristics, combined with its compact construction and economical pricing, make it suitable for use by agricultural landowners, in commercial premises and in small-scale wind farms.

Its market potential was further boosted when the P35-2 became the first small wind turbine to be awarded full certification under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

Proven Energy wanted to put the P35-2 on sale at the earliest possible date.

By the beginning of 2010, it had the compliance work associated with the Low Voltage and EMC Directives in place, but for the Machinery Directive things were more complicated.

This was because a new version (2006/42/EC) of the Machinery Directive came into force late in December 2009.

As no transition period between this and the previous version of the Machinery Directive was allowed, it was essential for Proven Energy to be sure that its P35-2 wind turbine complied fully with the new version.

While product testing for the P35-2 had been completed, Proven Energy knew that the new version of the Machinery Directive introduced significant changes, not least in the area of documentation.

To avoid delay in bringing its product to market, it engaged the services of Laidler Associates, which it selected on the basis of proven track record in handling projects of this type.

Laidler Associates undertook a comprehensive review of the materials relating to the compliance of the P35-2 wind turbine with the Machinery Directive and identified a number of shortcomings.

These were not major but would undoubtedly have hindered compliance.

Laidler produced a comprehensive report that included a detailed to-do list that clearly laid out the exact steps needed to ensure compliance.

According to Proven Energy, the list was easy to follow and saved the company a lot of time and trouble.

An example of the type of issue identified by Laidler Associates was that the user manual was found to contain insufficient information on foreseen ways in which the wind turbine might be used or misused.

This shortcoming and others highlighted in the Laidler Associates report were quickly remedied.

A further endorsement of the work carried out by Laidler Associates for Proven Energy was recently provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which was very satisfied with the compliance report in terms of both content and clarity.

Laidler Associates

As market leader in machinery safety, Laidler Associates provide advice and assistance for machinery safety legislation and risk assessments providing solutions on a worldwide basis. Laidler works with companies from around the world including USA, Japan, China and Ireland. Laidler Associates specialise in taking the stress out of conformity and can assume responsibility for assembling documentation such as PUWER reports or the Technical File and issuing the Declaration of Conformity for CE Marking projects.

Qualified Laidler engineers travel across the world saving clients time and money by providing up-to-date training and information to all business sectors that require conformity to the many CE Directives and European Standards. The wide range of services include CE Marking, risk assessment, PUWER assessments, EMC testing and training.

Laidler have recently launched a new software package which helps businesses through the CE Marking and PUWER assessment processes. Laidler Associates is the official partner of the PPMA (Process and Packaging Machinery Association) on regulatory affairs.

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