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SICK Safety Experts Publish Guide for Safe Machinery
SICK, Inc. Posted 06/18/2009
Easy-to-use safety guide outlines six steps to a safe machine
Minneapolis, Minn., June 17, 2009 – SICK (www.sickusa.com), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, and automatic identification products for factory and logistics automation, today announced the availability of its “Guidelines for Safe Machinery – Six Steps to a Safe Machine.” The 116-page, illustrated guide contains safety requirements and guidelines for North America to ensure the safety of machinery and people. It is designed for manufacturers, systems engineers, designers and all individuals who are responsible for machine safety to illustrate various methods of selecting and using protective devices.
The requirements for the protection of machinery and people change more and more with the increasing use of automation. The easy-to-use guide is designed to keep end users and machine builders up-to-date. It briefly outlines laws, regulations and standards for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and then details six steps to designing a safe machine, including risk assessment, safe machine design, engineering controls, administrative measures, machine validation and operation. The guide is not a product catalog, but rather provides a comprehensive look at application examples, technical information, possible solutions, as well as where to go for additional resources. The safety guide was developed based on SICK’s extensive expert knowledge, application expertise, and 60 years of experience.
The Guidelines for Safe Machinery – Six Steps to a Safe Machine is available to download free by visiting, www.sickusa.com/safetyguide.
SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems and automatic identification products for industrial applications. With nearly 450 patents, SICK continues to lead the industry in new product innovations. The diversity of its product line allows SICK to offer solutions at every phase of production in the logistics, automotive, packaging, electronics, food and beverage, and material handling markets. SICK was founded in 1946 and has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.