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EN-IEC 60204-1:2006

Safety of machinery – Electrical equipment of machines – Part 1: General requirements

This part of IEC 60204 applies to the application of electrical, electronic and programmable electronic equipment and systems to machines not portable by hand while working, including a group of machines working together in a co-ordinated manner. The equipment covered by this part of IEC 60204 commences at the point of connection of the supply to the electrical equipment of the machine (see 5.1). This part of IEC 60204 is applicable to the electrical equipment or parts of the electrical equipment that operate with nominal supply voltages not exceeding 1 000 V for alternating current (a.c.) and not exceeding 1 500 V for direct current (d.c.), and with nominal supply frequencies not exceeding 200 Hz. This part of IEC 60204 does not cover all the requirements (for example guarding, interlocking, or control) that are needed or required by other standards or regulations in order to protect persons from hazards other than electrical hazards. Each type of machine has unique requirements to be accommodated to provide adequate safety. This part specifically includes, but is not limited to, the electrical equipment of machines as defined in 3.35.

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EN 13813:2002

Screed material and floor screeds – Screed material – Properties and requirements

This European Standard specifies requirements for screed material for use in floor construction internally. To support the aim of achieving a performance related standard, as far as practicable this standard refers only to the properties of the product and not to its method of manufacture, except when this is unavoidable in the description of hte characteristics of the product.

Pages: 34

EN 998-1:2003

Specification for mortar for masonry – Part 1: Rendering and plastering mortar

This European Standard is applicable to factory made rendering/plastering mortar based on inorganic binders for external (rendering) and internal (plastering) use on walls, ceilings, columns and partitions. It contains definitions and final performance requirements. It does not covers mortars where calcium sulphate binder is the principle active binding agent. Calcium sulphate binder can be usedr as an addtional binder together with air lime. If air lime is the principle active binding component, the rendering/plastering mortar is covered by this standard. If the calcium sulphate binder is the principle active binding component, the mortar is covered by EN 13279. The classification is carried out by the producer of the mortar. Special fire resistant- and acoustical mortars, mortars for structural repair and surface treatments of building elements such as materials for smoothing or trueing, paints, coatings, thin-layer organic renders/plasters and prefabricated units (e.g. boards) are not dealt with in this standard. This standard covers redering/plastering mortars defined in clause 3 with the exception of site mde rendering/plastering mortars. However, this standard or part of this standard may be used in conjunction with codes of application and national specifications covering site made mortars.

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Radio spectrum: harmonised EU rules to foster high-speed wireless internet services and avoid harmful interference

The European Commission has adopted a Decision establishing harmonised technical rules for the Member States on the allocation of radio frequencies in the 800 MHz band that contribute to the deployment of high-speed wireless internet services by avoiding harmful interference. In several Member States, the 800 MHz frequencies are being freed up as part of the so-called “digital dividend” resulting from the switchover from analogue to digital television broadcasting. If the Member States decide to change the existing frequency allocation (for broadcasting) they must immediately apply the harmonised technical rules laid down by the Decision to make these frequencies available to wireless broadband applications. Today’s decision does not itself require the Member States to make available the 790-862 MHz band for electronic communication services. However, the Commission is considering such a proposal in the forthcoming Radio Spectrum Policy Programme, which will take account of a recent consultation on the subject and the 22-23 March Spectrum Summit organised by the Commission and the European Parliament (see IP/10/232).
Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes said:

This Decision paves the way for the implementation of innovative broadband technologies and for the fast growing demand for wireless services to be met. I encourage Member States to take the necessary steps to implement the Decision, so that European businesses and citizens can take full advantage of the benefits of the switchover to digital TV.”

Neelie Kroes, Digital Agenda Commissioner

European economy making tentative recovery

GDP growth in the EU expected to gradually pick up, though recovery less robust than past upturns.
The recession ended in the third quarter of 2009, thanks largely to fiscal and monetary measures to stimulate the economy. But temporary factors also played a role, says the latest EU economic forecast.
In 2010, the EU economy looks set to expand by 1% – a ¼ percentage point more than the commission had forecast in the autumn. The increase stems in part from the stronger global economy. In 2011, GDP growth of 1¾% is expected.

Product safety update

Consumers benefit from greater use of European product safety alert system and more effective market surveillance. European countries used the system to warn each other about 1993 hazardous products last year, 7% more than in 2008.

Just a cool video…

Maybe it does not have a lot of CE relevance, but I think this technology is super cool…