Global top-ten snack food producer
The client manufacture snack foods (potato crisps/chips etc.) and were setting up a new production line at an existing facility in the UK. The line was a completely automated system consisting of meal silos, mixer, cooker, extruder, fryer, seasoning drum, flow wrapper and box palletiser. The individual items of machinery were mostly CE marked by their manufacturers but the overall systems needed assessment as combined machinery.
Machinery Directive, EMC Directive.
What We Did:
- Machinery EHSRs assessment for the complete production line;
- Identified requirements for additional guarding and other safety measures;
- Reviewed and confirmed Declarations and other documentation of individual items of machinery;
- Reviewed evidence of compliance for control system functional safety;
- Confirmed that the requirements for fixed installations under the EMC Directive had been properly met;
- Drafted Declaration of Conformity for complete line;
- Advised on format and content for associated technical file.
What the Customer did:
- Following our recommendations, the client specified the risk assessment and documentation requirements to the suppliers of all items of machinery and also made minor modifications to the guarding and controls on the line.
- Based on our advice, the client signed the Declaration of Conformity.
The client were able to meet their obligations under the Machinery and EMC Directives as well as workplace safety rules (PUWER). Responsibility for compliance of individual machines was pushed down to suppliers and the project was brought in on time and budget.