4.2 Guarding with optoelectronic protective devices

IEC TS 62046 "Safety of machinery – Application of protective equipment to detect the presence of persons" contains basic information for selecting, applying, connecting and putting electro-sensitive protective equipment and safety mats into operation. It addresses the authors of machine-specific C-standards, designers, test centers and anyone that is involved with the professional installation of such protective devices.

The following information refers to the recommendations of IEC TS 62046 as the international state of technology. In principle to be observed with priority: the operating instructions of the protective devices, regional regulations or machine-specific standards

European C-standards, for example:


  • EN 692 Machine tools – Mechanical presses – Safety
  • EN 693 Machine tools – Hydraulic presses – Safety

And in the USA for example:


  • OSHA 1910.217 Mechanical Power Presses
  • ANSI B11.1 Mechanical Power Presses – Safety Requirements for Construction, Care, Use
  • ANSI B11.2 Mechanical Power Presses – Safety Requirements for Construction, Care, Use
  • ANSI B11.19 Performed Criteria for the Design, Construction, Care and Operation of Safeguarding when referenced by other B11 Machine Tool Safety Standards