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Pilz Automation Technology has published a 200-page ‘Safety Compendium’, which is aimed at mechanical and electrical engineers, machine builders and systems integrators responsible for machine safety.

The compendium has been compiled by a committee of machinery safety experts at Pilz and is intended to offer an overview or technical guide for those interested in the application of functional safety standards to machinery and all its other associated aspects.

The publication is the successor to Pilz’s ‘Machinery Safety’ book and is available as a download or as a hard copy.

The ‘Safety Compendium’ addresses a number of topics, including laws, directives and standards (including the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC); safeguards and other protective equipment; safety control technology; safety-related communications; and safe motion control.

Section 2.3 of the guide includes a comparison of the old and new Machinery Directives, highlighting the differences between the two.

Section 2.4 provides an introduction to some of the machinery safety standards, with particular emphasis on the functional safety standards ISO 13849-1 and IEC 62061 (or BS EN ISO 13849-1 and BS EN 62061 in the UK).

Section three looks at safeguards for machines, including advice on how machine designers can prevent or minimise the risk of manipulation or tampering of machine guards.

Section four includes information on the many types of safe control technology available, while section five addresses safe communication technologies, including basic principles and examples of safety fieldbus systems.

With a view to helping readers improve machine availability and performance, section six of the compendium discuss the growing trend of using safe motion control systems.

Basic principles are covered here, as well as information on IEC 61800-5-2 (adjustable speed electrical power drive systems – part 5-2: safety requirements – functional) and safety functions (safe stops, limited speeds, safe direction, safe torque off, and so on).

Pilz Automation Technology

Pilz Automation technology offers a wide range of machinery safety components from PLC systems to safety sensors and servo drives, alongside their range of machinery safety consulting and engineering services and their extensive range of machinery safety training courses. Pilz has many years of experience in a variety of industries such as Food & Beverage, Packaging, Automotive, Paper and Automation, combined with the knowledge and experience of it’s machinery safety experts, Pilz is well equipped to be your machinery safety partners.

Since its formation, Pilz UK has been at the forefront of the UK machinery safety market, based in Corby, Northamptonshire since 1987, Pilz UK employs of over 35 people, many of whom are considered to be machinery and functional safety experts.
More than Machinery Safety Products
Pilz UK’s wide range of products including safety relays, PLC’s, light curtains, servo drives, gate locking systems and more are stocked and shipped from their purpose-built premises in Corby. The state of the art building is equipped with an engineering workshop to compliment the company’s safety services range including PUWER Inspections, Safety Concepts, CE Marking and Engineering. Pilz also has a dedicated training facility where courses such as the popular one day Basic Machinery Safety Course, City & Guilds 4 day Machinery Safety and the TUV accreditedCMSE (Certified Machinery Safety Expert) are delivered.
Experts in Machinery Safety
Pilz has built up expertise and a strong reputation in many industries such as print and paper, food and beverage, packaging, steel, nuclear and process, that is largely due to the in depth knowledge and competency of our staff. With over 14 members of staff having achieved CMSE qualification and an average of 22 years experience in safety and automation, our team are well equipped with knowledge on safety standards, legislation, applications and functional safety to provide our customers with practical solutions.
Pilz UK looks forward to becoming your partner in Machinery Safety and Automation

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