Safety CE Services

Services for machine safety at the highest level - that is our claim. With the 7 new safety modules, we accompany you on the way to CE certification: regardless of the technology. Because over 100,000 work accidents per year, more than half in the production sector, are too many.

Safety moduls

1. Risk evaluation

First step: recognize and anticipate dangers

STOP – DANGER! Every machine / incomplete machine harbors dangers that must be recognized and averted long before it can be used. A detailed risk assessment is therefore required by law. But where exactly are these risks hidden and what eventualities can be expected? Festo supports the project in identifying and evaluating dangers to the safety of people and machines – the basis for a comprehensive safety concept.

  • Recognizing and evaluating danger spots
  • Design support to reduce risk

2. Security concept / security design

Danger recognized – danger averted

On the basis of the risk assessment / machine analysis, measures must be taken that minimize the dangers for man and machine. Festo works with the customer to develop the optimal security design – regardless of technology and manufacturer. The result is a binding, signed safety concept: a compulsory component on the way to the CE marking and a safe machine.

  • Analysis of the risk evaluation
  • Definition of the required components and activities
  • Technology- and manufacturer-independent solution elaboration of the safety functions (pneumatics, electrics, hydraulics and control technology)

3. PL calculation (performance level calculation)

Machine safety in figures

How safe is my machine? The performance level is an important indicator. From the sensor to the control technology to the actuator: all risks and the corresponding safety functions are included in the calculation of the performance level. Festo's experts carry out the manufacturer-independent data research and calculate the performance level using the Sistema software – the basis of all good documentation and another major step towards obtaining the CE marking.

  • Calculation of the performance level of the safety functions
  • Documentation as proof of the achieved performance level with manufacturer-independent data research

4. Examination / documentation

Document – don't lose

Comprehensive documentation of risks and the measures taken to mitigate them is crucial – especially if something does happen. Well-done documentation is a central building block for safeguarding its creator. It is not for nothing that it is said among machine safety specialists that "who writes, stays". It is therefore all the more important that the documentation contains all relevant information and the corresponding evidence. Everything in - everything on? Festo's experts check technical documentation and operating instructions for completeness and formal correctness.

  • Checking technical documentation for completeness and formal correctness
  • IIdentification of optimisation options for the documentation
  • Feedback on the quality / usability of the documentation

5. Validation

Final checked safety

What happens, for example, if the operator reaches into the running machine, if the power is suddenly cut or if the robot's control system fails? Does the safety concept work, and above all: have all measures really been implemented as intended? Festo ensures reliable validation of the safety functions on completed machines and incomplete machines – including a signed, binding protocol. An independent final check by certified machine safety experts.

  • Verification of the effectiveness and completeness of the safety concept on the machine (black box test)
  • Final review of the implemented safety solutions
  • Independent final analysis of the implemented measures including a signed, binding protocol

6. Machine analysis

Is everything still "safe"?

Have changes been made to an existing machine during its lifetime? Does the safety concept meet today's requirements, or has the legal framework changed significantly? Existing machines can quickly become a risk for the worker and the operator of the system. Festo's specialists check existing machines for compliance with the current legal requirements – including a binding, signed protocol. This is the ideal basis for drawing up a new safety concept.

  • Recording the current status of a machine by means of a machine inspection and employee interviews
  • Research of the current, relevant normative and legal framework conditions
  • Analysis and identification of risks / weak points
  • Binding, signed protocol
  • Basis for the creation of a safety concept
  • From analysis to safe machine: everything from a single source

7. Workshop

Machine safety – what matters

Machine safety is a highly complex subject. Legal requirements, technical know-how and resourceful ideas for the most possible economical solutions – how do you reconcile all this? Festo knows how, and passes on this knowledge in customer-specific workshops: training courses that are precisely tailored to the needs of the participants can be held on site, as in-house workshops on the machine, if desired.

  • Customised workshops
  • Training directly at the machine
  • Training by certified experts / trainers

ZAMS - Certified Application Specialist for Machine Safety

Further training and the motivation of employees to engage in lifelong learning make a significant contribution to sustainable corporate success.

The individual aspects of machine safety are already taught in many courses, but there is often a lack of networked thinking and competent weighing of the different approaches to solving tasks. This seminar teaches exactly this, so that the quality of the result is in the foreground, regardless of the technology.

Learning goals

  • to combine knowledge from pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical/electronic controls in the area of machine safety in such a way that holistic solutions are created through cross-technology thinking
  • to recognise weak points in the safety concept of existing industrial machines and to work out improvement measures
  • to evaluate the legal conformity of existing or new machines with regard to the required safety technology
  • to define safety functions in theory and practice
  • evaluate the available technologies (electrical/hydraulic/pneumatic/mechanical) for machine safety requirements and select suitable solutions from them
  • to competently carry out a practical risk assessment and to evaluate and argue for the necessary risk-reducing measures resulting from it
  • to verify safety concepts on machines, i.e. evaluate whether the solution to be implemented is the optimal one for the required safety demand
  • to validate safety solutions on machines, i.e. assess whether the implementation is functional for the required safety claim

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our machine safety experts! (

Interview series Tom²Safety - Part 1

The topic of machine safety is always a highly explosive field of activity. Many questions arise. In our Tom²Safety column, our safety experts give you answers to burning questions.

Here you will find the first part of the interview series with our experts on the topics:

  • Machine safety - risk evaluation
  • Danger detected - safety concept / safety design
  • PL-calculation - Performance Level (PL)
  • Documentation - Documentation / Operating Instructions
  • Validation - Everything really safe?
  • Everything safe? - Workshop offers
  • Where do the risks hide? - Risk evaluation
  • How to achieve a safe machine - safety concept / safety design

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Interview series Tom²Safety - Part 2

The topic of machine safety has become a real challenge. Many questions are being asked. In our Tom²Safety column, our safety experts give you answers to burning questions.

Here you will find the second part of the series of interviews with our experts on the topics:

  • Still everything safe?
  • Machine safety - how does it work?
  • PL-calculation - this is how safe my machine will be
  • Documentation - don't lose it
  • Validation - is the machine really safe?
  • A clear view of safety
  • Is my machine still safe?

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