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13 February 2019

New functional safety solutions from Sensata Technologies are helping to improve productivity and enhance safety in food processing plants by allowing the machine parts to be cleaned down without having to stop the run.

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22 November 2018

Leader in safe isolation, Martindale Electric, has announced the arrival of its latest CABLOK series, which provides installers and maintenance teams with a simple and reliable solution for locking off multiple breakers, switches and valves, to prevent the re-energising of circuits and systems during maintenance, as part of a safe isolation procedure.

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06 August 2018

At PPMA 2018, visitors to the Sick UK stand will learn how technology developments in smart sensors and machinery safety systems can release latent productivity benefits that help engineers to aggregate ‘marginal gains’ and achieve significant yields in efficiency, throughput and reduced waste.

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14 June 2018

At Automatica 2018, the Schmersal Group highlighted light grids and safety light curtains from the product series SLC/SLG 445, which due to their integrated multiple scan function, are suitable for demanding environmental conditions, in particular also for welding robots.

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20 June 2018

Fortress Interlocks’ proNET safety and communications module adds industrial Ethernet communications to its amGardpro range of safety interlocks. This enables the amGardpro’s features to be distributed IO (input-output) on a PROFINET network, with safety information exchanged using PROFIsafe extensions.

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01 March 2018

Pilz has produced a poster of the European Harmonised Standards associated with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, the main legislation governing health and safety requirements for machines across Europe.

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15 February 2018

The 2018 MACH Show will provide a platform for Sick UK to demonstrate its SafetyIQ concept, the company’s universal approach to ensuring safe, compliant personnel protection without compromising on machine availability, efficiency and productivity.

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13 December 2017

Valve operation specialist Sofis is to supply 4500 Netherlocks interlocks to an EPC contractor delivering the first phase of a heavy oil development programme for the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). The interlocks will mainly be fitted to pressure safety valves and pig traps.

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13 October 2017

Wieland Electric’s samosPRO Compact at SOVEX has reduced wiring, reduced installation time, lowered the complexity of the control system and provided seamless integration of safety with the control function on its Bendy Boom vehicle loader.

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25 September 2017

The LU6 series from Aventics can take on safety-relevant functions as both a static lock and a dynamic brake: The lock element can be used as a holding unit to block a movement and as a brake unit for emergency stop or off.

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23 August 2017

With PITestop active, Pilz has a new range of E-STOP pushbuttons that can be activated electrically and indicates by illumination whether or not it is active.

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10 August 2017

Industry 4.0 technology, collaborative robots and the automation of tasks previously carried out by people is reducing the need for traditional machine guarding while increasing the need for smart interlocks.

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06 July 2017

Did you know that light curtains require testing over their lifetime? Pilz' article, ‘When were your Light Curtains last tested?’, outlines the requirements and offers guidance as to when to consider testing light curtains during their lifetime.

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29 June 2017

The latest range of comprehensive lock out kits from leader in safe isolation, Martindale Electric, has been designed to suit the needs of installers and maintenance teams working in a range of environments.

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20 June 2017

Industrial safety specialist SERV TrayvouInterverrouillage (STI) has won a contract to supply Enedis with safety interlocking systems for switchgear applications. Enedis manages the electrical distribution network in France, which is one of the largest in Europe. STI was awarded the contract as it has the widest product range on the market and developed products specifically to satisfy the customer’s requirements.

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08 June 2017

Configuring a mounting plate for an interlock is easy with Fortress Interlock's new Eazi-fit mounting system, which allows any amGardpro interlock safety switch to be easily fitted to machine guarding.

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08 June 2017

Together with the wide range of safety sensors, the perfectly matched safety components offer complete safety-related automation solutions for a wide range of machine types.

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12 May 2017

Having provided trouble free operation for over 15 years, when a prestigious food packaging company implemented a full machine refurbishment a busy production lines, elobau safety switches were once again selected.

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24 April 2017

With Industry 4.0 developing afoot, and collaborative robots and the automation of tasks previously manually carried out reducing the need for traditional machine guarding while increasing the need for smart interlocks, Malcolm Sharp, MD of Fortress' Australian operations, discusses how the company is facing these challenges.

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23 March 2017

Expert in Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), EAO offers a wide range of high-specification functions for machine operation with its Series 45.

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FEATURES

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19 February 2019

Venturing into the great outdoors has always been a frontier too far when it comes to agreeing an internationally-recognised Technical Standard for safety solutions that use sensors and sensor systems to detect people in the open air, writes Dr Martin Kidman

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06 March 2018

Leuze is no stranger to the fact that machine safety is an integral part of machine design, as shown with its BPS30 and BPS300 series of barcode positioning systems and new Smart Process Gating (SPG), through which muting processes are made more economical, simple and safe

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20 October 2015

Monitoring electromagnetic safety brakes is increasingly important. The Mayr Roba-Brake-Checker is not only able to energise brakes, but can also monitor them without the use of sensors. Hermann Bestle explains how.

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19 October 2015

Zweifel Pomy-Chips near Zurich uses Pilz PSS 4000 automation systems to monitor and control the automation and safety functions on nine upgraded packaging lines for potato crisps.

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24 August 2015

EN ISO 14120 (Safety of machinery - Guards - General requirements for the design and construction of fixed and movable guards), a new common global standard for fixed and movable guards, is going through the approval process in the European Commission. Neil Dyson, business line manager for Machinery Safety at TÜV SÜD Product Service, explains the implications

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27 April 2015

Leuze's RSL 400 series of safety laser scanners offer two independent protective functions and can thereby act as two single laser scanners. They can also be configured easily via Bluetooth (at distances of up to 10m) and Ethernet TCP/IP.

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24 April 2014

Rob Lewis, managing director at Fortress Interlocks, a member of the Machine Safety Alliance, looks at the options to prevent fault masking

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22 April 2014

Many accidents are caused in factories and workshops by hose whip when disconnecting compressed air lines still under pressure. Craig Forrester, Stäubli Connectors UK manager, outlines how this danger can be eliminated.

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28 February 2014

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC urges machine builders to undertake a thorough safety analysis of the systems that monitor and control the operation of their machines. While the 'dos' and 'don'ts' are well defined in the Directive for many aspects of machine safety, guidelines for the provision of visual and audible warning indicators are more vague; there is ‘guidance’ but little in the way of ‘you must....’. In Simon Adams’ view, it is more a case of applying 'good practice'

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01 November 2013

Implementing the requirements of new EN ISO 14119 machine safety standard could lead to high installation, cabling and connecting costs. However, SICK has found simple connectivity solution to cascading switches and sensors, whilst allowing high diagnostic coverage and eliminating the potential for fault masking. Dr Martin Kidman, Safety Specialist at SICK (UK) explains

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08 May 2013

Rockwell Automation has released a configuration and design tool to help machinery automation system engineers save time when designing safety systems. The Rockwell Automation Safety Automation Builder (SAB) configuration software helps users navigate the safety-system design process and apply global best practices.

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15 March 2013

The new EN ISO 13849-1 machinery safety standard places the onus on machine builders to demonstrate that all necessary risk assessments have been completed and documented. Andrew Ryder, an expert in machinery safety at Bosch Rexroth, follows the audit trail

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29 October 2012

Many EU Directives and standards are applicable to the safety aspects of machinery, including control systems, but how do EU Directives develop? Leuze has published useful guidance and launched a new version of its software program SafeExpert to guide machine builders through the process

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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04 April 2017

Cable entry system KDSClick The system has a modular design, consisting of only three types of basic components: frames, inlays and sealing sleeves.

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26 October 2017

Whether it's pressure measurement, temperature measurement, level control or flow metering – SICK offers a wide range of solutions for measuring liquids, gases and bulk solids.

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24 June 2016

Knobs, handles and adjustable feet in the special conductive technopolymer prevent the accumulation of electrostatic charge between bodies with different electric potential.

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24 June 2016

Plastic and metal plugs, oil breather caps and level indicators for hydraulic systems comply with Health and Safety Requirements according to 94/9/EC ATEX European Directive (explosive atmospheres) for equipment in Group II, category 2GD.

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04 April 2017

Datalogic’s Matrix 120™ is the smallest ultra compact industrial 2D imager on the market (23mm x 31mm x 45mm), along with small dimensions it also offers the flexibility of embedded Ethernet/Serial or USB/Serial connectivity.

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04 April 2017

OEM Automatic are pleased to announce we are now the UK agents for Aplisens who manufacture Smart field devices for pressure, differential pressure, level and temperature.

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24 June 2016

Handles and knobs in RAL 9002 white colour with a smooth surface to make cleaning operations easier.

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24 June 2016

The high corrosion resistance of stainless steel makes it one of the most demanded materials in many industrial sectors.

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24 June 2016

Knobs and adjustable levers  made out of technopolymer with chrome surface. Resistant to sea water, detergents, acetone, ethyl alcohol, formic acid, chlorine solutions.  

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24 June 2016

Knobs,handles and latches made out of self-extinguishing special technopolymer certified "V0" according to UL-94 V (Underwriters Laboratories) for use in public environments where flame-proof materials are required. 

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04 April 2017

OEM Automatic represents the prestigious Anderson Negele Brand to support the food, beverage, dairy and pharmaceutical industries with regard to hygienic instrumentation.

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26 October 2017

Industry 4.0 is the digitisation of production and logistics - intelligent sensors are a crucial element. SICK provide dynamic and real-time-optimised processes now, for the future.

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04 April 2017

The 319 series comprises of a low voltage, permanent magnet DC motor with worm gearbox developed for a compact, low noise and cost effective solution to suit many applications.

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24 June 2016

ELESA SAN LINE handles prevent the deposit of any undesired organism such as microbes, bacteria, mildew and fungi which are the major causes of unpleasant odours, discoloration, degradation and the formation of biofilm on surfaces and avoid their reproduction.

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04 April 2017

IDEM's extensive range of Solenoid Locking Tongue Safety Switches have been designed to provide robust position interlock detection for moving guards and provide a lock mechanism to keep the guard closed until the hazard has been removed.

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