At the Health and Safety '10 – North event there will be a new Plant and Machinery Safety Zone. Sponsored by the Laidler Group, one of the UK's leading machinery safety and compliance consultancies, this Plant and Machinery Safety Zone will provide visitors with access to leading companies offering education, consultancy, hardware and software. Health and Safety '10 – North takes place at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on 13/14 October 2010.
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Some of the biggest and most recognisable names in the field of machinery safety can be found in the zone, alongside Laidler Associates and sister Group company Safety Systems Technology, an independent supplier of machinery safety products and services. Others include: Wieland Electric - a leader in the field of pluggable connections and safety components for industrial automation; Rockwell Automation - a provider of machinery safety, power, control and information systems and services; Sick (UK) - a manufacturer of sensors and safety components and a machinery safety service provider; MiniTec UK - a supplier of aluminium profiles and components for machine frames and guarding; Pilz Automation Technology - a manufacturer and supplier of machinery safety components, systems and services; Siemens - a supplier of automation, control and machinery safety products, systems and services; and Fortress Interlocks, a supplier of machinery access and control systems.
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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 explain how the safety standards are changing, clarifying what the new EU Machinery Directive means and how personnel and machinery can be protected from everyday risks without adversely affecting productivity. The presentation will also run through the use of SISTEMA, a software tool used for the evaluation of applications to EN ISO 13849-1.
Laidler Associates will give a presentation on Practical machinery safety including guarding issues. Using its virtual reality system to simulate a typical working environment, Laidler is able to bring to life the problems that are present and demonstrate how to provide safe solutions. Focusing on practical issues, Laidler will also demonstrate how to complete and document a PUWER 98 assessment (in accordance with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 19998), and how to CE mark equipment to the Machinery and Low Voltage Directives. The presentation will also cover the requirements of EN 62061 and the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC in this regard.
As well as education, visitors will be able to discuss the latest technology - both hardware and software - with experts from the respective companies. Safety Systems Technology, for example, is a machinery safety design and installation specialist not tied to any single safety product vendor, hence it can design and install 'best of breed solutions.'
New technology will be available with companies such as Sick (UK) launching its new software upgrade for its intuitive Flexi Soft Controller. The new version of the software, Flexi Soft Designer v1.3, enables up to four Flexi Soft Controllers to be connected in series, up to 100m apart, 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 is said to make updating and reconfiguring new safety tasks simple and quick. The Flexi Soft Designer allows users to document the software with functional descriptions that are stored locally on the Flexi Controller. The reports from the software also enables users to document the project according to the requirements of BS EN ISO 13849-1.
Fortress Interlocks will be showcasing its new DMSK door interlock at Health & Safety '10 North at The Reebok Stadium, Bolton, in October. The stainless steel DMSK is designed to regulate access in hygienic areas and forms part of the awarding-winning mGard range of door, key exchange and bolt modules that offer a flexible, mechanical means to to safeguard dangerous machines and hazardous processes. Also on display will be the company's innovative access and control eGard range, and the robust AmGard range of modular safety gate switches.
Wieland Electric will be unveiling safety relays incorporating its Monoflop input debouncing technology, a new development that prevents the full fault tripping of safety relays when used with sensors such as pressure-sensitive safety mats or safety light curtains, thereby avoiding the need for full system resets and the resultant costs associated with lost production time. If a restart cannot be achieved via the normal reset button, the ingenious Monoflop circuitry ensures that the fault is triggered as a machine shutdown and the machine will then start with a simple reset rather than going into a fault position. This, in turn, ensures that costly downtime is avoided.
Within the main exhibition, Arco will launch its new Big Book catalogue and unveil the latest innovations in safety products and services. These include Trojan Extreme Comfort safety boots and shoes, Gripz cut-resistant gloves and the innovative Sensear hearing protection system.
DuPont Personal Protection will be exhibiting its new Nomex ProVis yellow high-visibility garments. These EN 471 compliant garments offer inherent protection from heat and flame, from molten metal splashes, and from the heat of an electric arc; they are anti-static and perform in environments where high daylight visibility is required. DuPont says the special construction of Nomex ProVis fabric provides equivalent thermal and physical properties to Nomex Comfort fabrics, in combination with the additional requirements for EN 471 high-visibility yellow.
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, not just health and safety professionals.
Free parking is provided at the event and registering for the exhibition and seminars are also free. Register online now at www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk or telephone the event helpline on +44 (0)870 4866816.