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Reference EN 61496-2:2013
Title Safety of machinery - Electro-sensitive protective equipment - Part 2: Particular requirements for equipment using active opto-electronic protective devices (AOPDs)
Project Number 23788
Abstract/Scope IEC 61496-2:2013 specifies requirements for the design, construction and testing of electro-sensitive protective equipment (ESPE) designed specifically to detect persons as part of a safety-related system, employing active opto-electronic protective devices (AOPDs) for the sensing function. Special attention is directed to features which ensure that an appropriate safety-related performance is achieved. An ESPE may include optional safety-related functions, the requirements for which are given in Annex A of IEC 61946-1:2012 and of this part. This third edition cancels and replaces the second edition published in 2006. It constitutes a technical revision and includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: - Requirements have been corrected and made easier to understand. - Test procedures have been revised to make them easier to perform and to improve repeatability. - Guidance is provided for the evaluation and verification of AOPDs using design techniques for which the test procedures of this part are not sufficient.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2013-12-13
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IEC Technical Body IEC/TC 44
Reference Document IEC 61496-2:2013 (EQV)
ICS 13.110 - Safety of machinery
29.260.99 - Other electrical equipment for working in special conditions
Keywords Machinery; Electro-sensitive; Protective equipment; Opto-electronic; AOPD
Note Supersedes CLC/TS 61496-2:2006 * 20130930: Publication allocated to
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6060 2013-12-13   export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2013-07-12 2013-08-09  
5060 2012-03-05 2012-03-26 export to doc file  EN
5020 2011-09-30 2012-03-02  
1090 2011-09-27 2011-09-30  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2013-07-12
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2013-12-13
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2014-03-13
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2014-06-13
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2016-07-12


Supersedes CLC/TS 61496-2:2006
Superseded by  
Normative reference (6) EN 471:2003
ISO 13855
EN 60825-1:2007
EN 61496-1:2013
EN 62471

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