Plant and machinery safety is a specialist area with those involved having to use knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as needing to stay abreast of legislative developments such as the new Machinery Safety Directive. The ‘Plant and Machinery Safety Zone’ is therefore the perfect place for those seeking specialist education, consultancy, hardware and software to find what they are looking for.
The most recognisable names in the specialist field of machinery safety are taking part in the zone alongside Laidler Associates. Wieland Electric - a leader in the field of pluggable connections for building system technology and industrial automation; Rockwell Automation - provider of power, control and information systems and services; sensor manufacturer and supplier SICK UK and aluminium profiles and modular building components supplier Minitec UK Ltd. Plus, these companies have recently been joined by Pilz and Siemens.
Education is a major part of the zone’s offering and there will be a dedicated stream of free educational seminars running throughout the two days of the event. Rockwell Automation will demonstrate how safety standards are changing, clarifying what the new EU Directive means and how you can protect your personnel and machinery from everyday risk without adversely affecting productivity.
Laidler Associates, will give a presentation on ‘Practical machinery safety including guarding issues’. Using its virtual reality system to re-create a typical working environment Laidler is able to bring to life the problems and demonstrate how to provide safe solutions. Focusing on the practical, Laidler will also demonstrate how to complete and document a PUWER 98 (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 98) assessment or CE Marking to the Machinery and Low Voltage Directives.
As well as education, visitors will also be able to discuss the latest technological developments both in hardware and software, with the experts from the exhibiting companies. Safety Systems Technology, for example, a machinery safety design and installation specialist will be on hand to offer advice, independent of any single manufacturer, about how to practically solve machine safety issues.
Other seminars include Siemens Automations & Drives’ presentation entitled, ‘Turning Safety on its Head’, which outlines how implementing the latest standards can open up new possibilities for control and safety automation, and a presentation from leading supplier of PC-based technology, Beckhoff who has integrated Safety PLC, a solution that consists of software that is integrated into the TwinCAT system allowing for safe processing of safety functions.
Wieland Electric will discuss how changes to the Machinery Directive and the introduction of BS EN ISO 13849-1 have allowed the introduction of new technology to be used that will make designers, installers and end-users lives much easier. In particular they will reference their programmable safety relay solutions and Monoflop technology.
New technology will be on show with companies such as SICK (UK) launching its new software upgrade for its intuitive Flexi Soft Controller. The new version of the Flexi Soft Designer Software, Designer v1.3 enables the connection of up to four Flexi Soft Controllers up to 100m, in series, with an online view of the set up.
As well as controlling a greatly extended series of sensor function inputs and outputs, the Flexi Soft Designer makes updating and reconfiguring new safety tasks simple and quick. The reports from the software also allow the user to document the project according tp the requirements of BS EN 13849-1.
The addition of the Plant and Machinery Safety Zone to Health and Safety ’10 – North means that the event has more content than ever before for machine builders, system integrators and consultants as well as engineers from virtually any industry and at any level.
Free parking is provided at the event and registering for the exhibition and seminars are also free. You can register online via: www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk