European Coordinating Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Switchgear and Controlgear

Position paper & other information

WEEE2 Scope (Updated!)

The purpose of this CAPIEL paper is to help manufacturers to determine whether their products are or not ‘EEE’ according to the recast WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU), often known as WEEE2. Manufacturers have to analyze also when they have the role of ‘producer’ according to the Directive in order to determine when they are responsible to report for that products.

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Electronic Product Data – Too Many Formats

Delivering electronic data about CAPIEL products is becoming mandatory in many areas. The current situation about delivering data in agreed common formats is not satisfactory, mainly due to multiple emerging formats that are requested. This document outlines the situation for CAPIEL manufacturers and gives recommendations how to handle the situation. Target audience is CAPIEL manufacturers, who face the problem today and want to prepare for the future.

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New Radio Equipment Directive (RED)

This guide addresses the applicability of the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU to CAPIEL products. Several aspects of the directive are still under discussion by the European Commission, Member States and industry, and it is therefore possible that some parts of this document may change as further information becomes available.

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For a more ambitious Industrial Strategy in today's European Union


European Coordinating Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Switchgear and Controlgear (CAPIEL) today comes together with over 90 other European industry associations and trans-sectoral organizations to make a JOINT DECLARATION for an ambitious EU Industrial policy

Manufacturing is the backbone of the European economy. The industry directly employs over 34 million people across the EU. Yet the share of manufacturing in total EU output has fallen in recent years. And despite the European Commission’s target of 20% European GDP to be delivered by industry by 2020, there is still a long way to go.

For employment, growth and leadership of European companies: it’s time for an ambitious and concrete industrial strategy at EU level. European industry is calling on the European Commission to reaffirm its commitment to manufacturing by pursuing an ambitious industrial strategy.

Download the Joint Declaration for more details, and look out for the campaign on Twitter under the hashtag #Industry4Europe.


Industry 4.0 – What does it Mean for CAPIEL Manufacturers?

Manufacturing industry has entered in a new phase of changes, where digital technologies are integrated within the heart of industrial processes. Called Industry 4.0 or Industrial Internet of Things, these changes affect all players in the low voltage market. CAPIEL’s PG8 has analysed this from a customer perspective: If our customers start using Industry 4.0, what requirements will they ask us to implement?

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New LVD / EMC / ATEX / RoHS Directives

Although many of the horizontal issues are already addressed in the European Commission’s “Blue Guide”, questions still remain, and this document sets out CAPIEL’s understanding of the minimum recommended practices with regard to some of these frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).

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Ecodesign Requirements for Electric Motors – Towards a System-Approach

This brochure aims to demonstrate the benefits of motor starters for fixed speed applications. It provides information and guidance as regards ecodesign for electric motors and related control modes to achieve most energy efficient applications.

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Functional Safety

"Functional Safety is a subject that is important in many areas such as machine safety and process safety. CAPIEL products are used in this type of applications, This presentation explains the basics of Functional Safety."

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Market Surveillance Support Initiative (MSSI)

European manufacturers of electrical infrastructure and installation engineering products and systems agree that there is a need to act much more proactively in the field of market surveillance support activities, with a view to ensuring customer safety and fair competition on the European market. To this end, a collective initiative has been set up and MSSI is born. This initiative is hosted and supported jointly by CECAPI and CAPIEL.

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RoHS Scope

The purpose of this CAPIEL paper is to help manufacturers to determine whether or not the products they place on the market fall within the scope of the recast RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU), often known as RoHS 2.

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RoHS additional substance restrictions

Considerations for addition of restricted substances in RoHS rise concerns within CAPIEL industries.

Actually quantities of industrial EEE are used in hazardous environments, mission critical functions requiring high reliability, etc. , and must meet the stringent requirements set out in both European and International standards. This implies a large number of tests and a long compliance qualification process.

The document shows that for CAPIEL EEE, time to replace a substance and comply with any new substance restrictions can be up to up to 8½ years.

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Action needed to protect citizen’s health and wellbeing – a pan-European database of accidents and injuries

Call on the European Institutions and the Member States to create an EU-funded accident and injury data system, embracing all Member States, under the co-ordination of the European Commission.

CAPIEL supports this action.

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REGULATION (EC) 640/2009
Common CAPIEL / CEMEP VSD position represented in Germany by BAM

EU Ecodesing legislation targets the efficiency of motors, but the overall energy efficiency improvement it is necessary to take into account both the motor efficiency and the system efficiency.

The topic is represented in Germany by the BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und - prüfung), a national market-surveillance entity.

The position attached is now available on the site (see useful links).

The document has the advantage of officially calling attention to the need for analyzing the application’s overall energy consumption in order to determine the best technical solution in terms of energy efficiency.

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Low voltage controlgear products and functional safety.

CAPIEL Project Group n° 5 has prepared a position paper to inform the CAPIEL members and machine builders the interpretation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC to provide default values for reliability which can be used when making functional safety calculations.

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CAPIEL Position Paper on Regulation (EC) 640/2009E

As a result of discussions with CAPIEL and other industry groups, two particular concerns have arisen that may affect the success of Regulation (EC) 640/2009 with regard to “ecodesign” requirements for electric motors.

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