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The European Standard, EN 13743, safety requirements for coated abrasive products, was revised by producers of abrasives, and this revision was approved on October 13th, 2016 by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).
The EN 13743 has been designed to provide a way for the end-users of coated abrasives products and back-up pads to conform to essential safety requirements. It is a European Safety Standard addressed to designers, manufacturers and suppliers of coated abrasive products to help them reduce the risks related to the products, and achieve conformity with the regulatory safety requirements of the General Product Safety Directive and associated regulations in the EU (European Union) and EFTA countries. As such, it concerns and must also be known by all those who are providing coated abrasives to end-users in these countries: the importers and distributors as well as the manufacturers and suppliers.
The revisions focus mainly on:
- The opening of the scope to abrasives coated with diamond and cBN grains and a combination of coated and non-woven abrasives
- Modifications in dimensional limitations and maximum operating speeds (table 5)
- The inclusion of sanding discs to different backing materials (not only fibre discs)
- Editorial amendments and standard, and bibliographical references
CEN will finalise the document for editorial changes in the next 2 months. The document will be sent to the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and the French Institute for Standardization (AFNOR) for translation, and then it will be published officially as a revised standard in all European countries.
The final draft was submitted in August 2016 with a 2-month voting period. The new revised standard was approved by 96.55% by CEN members.
FEPA, the Federation of European Producers of Abrasives, is an association representing over 80% of the European producers of abrasive products, a world leader, including SMEs and international companies in the world, as well as the abrasives National Associations and their members. FEPA Members cover 90% of abrasives European production, exporting 35% of it in the world.
FEPA’s missions, aside from representing the European abrasive industry, are to promote the safe use of abrasives produced in Europe and the safety of the end-users, to inform members on the evolution of the regulatory framework in Europe and worldwide, to support the producers with a range of technical, legal and scientific services, and to anticipate future challenges in the abrasives sector.
FEPA also has strong connections with non-European federations and abrasive producers in countries such as the USA.
The member companies produce all types of high quality abrasives:
- Bonded abrasives (inorganic and organic);
- Coated and non-woven abrasives;
- Superabrasives (diamond and CBN) for precision grinding, and;
- Superabrasives for stone and construction.
Abrasives are essential components weaved into numerous industries such as construction, automobile, aeronautics, environment, optical activities, glass, electronics… and also DIY.