Free machinery safety guide available on CD-Rom

06 November 2006

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Omron Corporation is intensifying its special focus on machine safety by sharing its considerable experience with customers and other interested parties. It is intended that the development and sharing of easy-to-understand educational and training tools created by Omron will promote greater machine safety and help to reduce the risk of accidents and damage.

Safety issues are a growing concern among governments, trades unions, insurance companies and the general population. Industrial accidents involving machinery are still commonplace, despite the many safeguards and standards introduced at national and international level. Recognising its responsibilities as a leading automation company, Omron is intent on spreading its considerable knowledge and experience in the field of machine safety by making it freely available to machine manufacturers and all other interested parties.

Omron is now offering this accumulated knowledge in an easy-to-digest safety guide that makes this traditionally complex area transparent to even non-specialist readers. In their daily work, engineers frequently struggle with applications and sometimes with the relevant international standards and regulations. Finding, reading comparing and understanding all the information provided from different sources in printed and electronic form takes a lot of time that many engineers do not have. Available on CD, Omron's new safety guide uses an animated figure, 'An Sen Man', who acts as a personal safety consultant as the reader is guided through the contents. An Sen Man wears safety on his sleeve in the form of two Kanji characters (An and Sen), which stand for 'safety' in Japanese. He also speaks 12 different languages (mainly European) - in which the guide is currently available

Dr Alfred Neudörfer, an expert in the field of machine safety at the University of Darmstadt in Germany, commented on the new safety guide as follows.

"Interactive tools, using animations and intuitive principles, obviously support education and transparency in safety. Starting with the basics and taking a methodical approach to introduce applications and the usage of safety devices creates a good foundation for understanding what is a complex field and equips users to design safety solutions that measure up to the intended task."

Having recently announced its proposed acquisition of the safety product group of Scientific Technologies Incorporated (STI), Omron has become a major, global provider of safety products and systems, offering a complete package for safeguarding many different types of machine. The right safety products are essential for meeting today's machinery safety challenges, but a vital further ingredient is specialist knowledge and experience on machine safety accrued over many decades. Many manufacturers do not have this specialised knowledge.

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