Functional Safety

In December 2009 the new Machine Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliaments went into force, and with it a number of new legal ordinances with which, among other things, the so-called "Functional Safety" of devices and systems is to be ensured.


The goal is the minimization of the risk of endangering human beings, the environment and investment goods. This is to be demonstrably achieved with systematic error avoidance, error detection, and in particular also error control. All devices and systems, which can result in the death or injury of human beings, in catastrophic damage to the environment or in destruction, for example of production systems, in the case of an error must be classified as "safety-relevant". The applicable safety standards must then be applied during their design, development, manufacture and operation.

Today we find safety-relevant systems in many industries supplied by Novotechnik with its sophisticated, innovative products. In the industrial sector this is the case, for example, in the automation of production systems, for railway applications, in mobile driven machines such as forklift trucks or construction and agricultural machines, in medical technology and of course to a high degree in the field of automotive applications.


National and international safety standards specify the requirements for the implementation of the functional safety of applications and the components used and define the "current state of technology". The application of these safety standards is legally required for manufacturers of systems, machines and their components.

To comply with the normative specifications and with the requirements of the market and our customers, a management system for functional safety was implemented in the quality management system (ISO 9001, ISO TS 16949) which already exists at Novotechnik.


We will be happy to assist you with the implementation of functional safety for your applications with our products and our expertise.