Software tool embeds safety in equipment design

30th October 2017
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Software tool embeds safety in equipment design

DesignSpark Safety, the latest tool in the fast-expanding DesignSpark portfolio of free-for-download software has been introduced by RS Components. Supported by Schmersal and 3M, suppliers of safety products for industry the tool is available globally, and accessible via the DesignSpark.com community website.

DesignSpark Safety is an embedded software solution that comes with associated support materials, and provides designers with a risk score for their planned product development.

The tool can aid the provision of CE Mark documentation, as well as helping in the reduction of potential hazards and ensuring compliance with the global ISO 12100 safety-standard, which specifies basic terminology, principles and a methodology for achieving safety in the design of machinery.

Therefore, key target users expected to find significant value in the tool are industrial machinery designers and integrators, along with industrial engineers tasked with improving safety standards on existing machinery.

Failing to comply with relevant safety standards and producing unsafe machines can create the risk of injury or even death.

The new tool enables companies and designers of machinery to meet all the relevant regulations, standards and directives, and minimise the risk of injury to those employed in industries such as manufacturing and processing, among many others.

DesignSpark Safety can also mean significantly reduced costs for users by removing the need for potentially costly external consultants to carry out detailed risk assessments.

Although spreadsheet templates are commonly used in the industry as a more affordable alternative to consultants, they do not always provide an appropriate level of detail and do not provide the relevant documentation upon completion.

“DesignSpark Safety is the first powerful and free risk-assessment tool to be made available in the industry,” said Mike Bray, Vice President of DesignSpark at RS. “In addition to expanding the DesignSpark portfolio, the software delivers exceptionally easy access to a professional solution for all engineers by removing the barriers of cost and complexity. Embedding safety into their product development enables the streamlining of designs and the avoidance of costly retrofit solutions.”

While the initial global release of DesignSpark Safety is in English, additional language versions including French, German, Japanese and Simplified Chinese are planned for launch in November 2017.


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