Van Der Meulen

Research: Does our machinery meet the current machinery directive?

The Frisian family of bakers Van der Meulen has asked Cervitech to look at machine safety. For four generations, the Frisian baking family Van der Meulen has devoted itself with heart and soul to one goal: making masterfully delicious bakery products, which are made with love for the profession.

In 1910 Hessel van der Meulen decides that it is time to turn his hobby into his job. He opens a traditional rusk bakery in his village Ferwerd. The fact that Hessel's passion resulted in very good quality rusk did not go unnoticed: the whole of the Northern Netherlands suddenly seemed to start the day with a Van der Meulen Rusk. The bakery in Ferwerd makes way for a larger bakery in Hallum, specially equipped for rusks: 'De Volharding' was born.

Not every consumer is familiar with this well-known baker's family at first sight, but when we say Melba, everyone's face will have a beautiful smile.

The explicit question posed by the Van der Meulen family: do our machines in the Toast 1, Toast 2 and the Paneer department still comply with the current machine directive, which are described in standard 2006/42/EC, and in the second instance: if they do not meet the current requirements what is needed to get this right again.

At Cervitech, Aad and Klaas initially wrote a Project Management Plan with the following steps.

  • The customer's question: Do the machines still comply with the current standard 2006/42/EG.
  • Schouw: recording on location at the various departments with elaboration of the recording.
  • Analysis: analyze where the difficulties are based on the inspection and the standards.
  • Action plan: a plan with all difficulties and possible solutions in a time frame.
  • Realisation: implementation together with the technical service on the points described in the action plan.
  • Delivery: Delivery.


  • Machines comply with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, when adjusting the points reported by Cervitech.
  • Applying standardized pictograms to the hazardous parts on the various machines.
  • Protection applied to dangerous moving parts.