Tool vibration emission values restated
According to a new EU Machinery Directive, 2006/42/EC, which took effect at the end of 2009, tool manufacturers marketing their products in Europe must be prepared “to declare the vibration total value” in the documentation accompanying each tool. In effect, this means measuring vibration emission on three axes instead of on one axis as was the case previously.
Documentation and literature updated
However, to meet the new legislation, Atlas Copco has now conducted three-axes measurements on all existing tools in its range as well, and updated all relevant documentation and technical literature.
Revising the vibration standards
All the vibration emission standards also had to be revised. Lars Skogsberg, Manager of the Product Ergonomics Group at Atlas Copco Tools is also the convenor of the ISO Working Group responsible for the revision of the standards for non-electric tools: “We must follow the directive in order to be able to put the CE symbol on our tools. There could be some confusion. Customers tend to choose the tool with the lowest declared vibration value and the new values are normally higher than the old values. Since there is no way the values can be compared, it becomes important to know what standard the values are referring to. This is explained fully on our website.”