Design Compliance in Off-Highway Access Hardware Applications

Off-highway OEMs face many challenges in meeting regionalized regulations in the global manufacturing environment. Requirements within the global off-highway sector for instance, dictate standards for materials used in the production of component parts, such as metals and chemicals. When specifying access control hardware for an application, engineers must design accordingly to meet these standards, while still providing optimum functionality.

off-highway-equipmentIn anticipation to changes to RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive 2011/65/EU, which is scheduled for review by the European Union (EU) in 2016, manufacturers and suppliers who export  to the European Union as well as around the world are exhausting products that contain lead. In response, engineers must ensure that their designs contain components that are free of these materials.

Another EU-mandated requirement is compliance with REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals). Regulation No. 1907/2006 establishes specific duties and obligations on companies in the European Union that manufacture or import chemical substances on their own, in preparations, or in articles. Because a part has the potential to be recycled from one vehicle to another, manufacturers of off-highway equipment must ensure that their global suppliers are compliant with REACH to protect future end users as well.

North American Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for safety and security are acknowledged globally as a leading influence for off-highway vehicle manufacturing. FMVSS dictates everything from materials used to operating temperatures and crash sustainability in the production of vehicle parts. Because many off-highway OEMs produce vehicles in locations around the world, components designed into applications must be consistent across regions in order to maintain compliance with FMVSS.

To ensure the global accessibility of their products, off-highway equipment manufacturers must choose parts that perform against even the most stringent requirements. Southco’s access hardware solutions are designed with compliance in mind, and meet the needs of engineers around the world who must design according to these standards. For more information about Southco’s off-highway capabilities, visit our compliance library.

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