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Are You Ready? WEEE Directive Full Implementation Starts 15-Aug-18

Many manufacturers selling industrial products into the EU market have come to understand at least one of the environmental protection Directives, RoHS — the “Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances.” In this post, I’m going to be looking at another environmental directive: WEEE — the “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment” Directive (2012/19/EU).The WEEE Directive requires producers … Continue reading "Are You Ready? WEEE Directive Full Implementation Starts 15-Aug-18"

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Trapped Key Interlocking

Many machine designers think of interlocks as exclusively electrical devices; a switch is attached to a movable mechanical guard, and the switch is connected to the control system. Trapped Key Interlocking is a way to interlock guards that is equally effective, and often more appropriate in difficult environmental conditions. I’ve provided some useful definitions and … Continue reading "Trapped Key Interlocking"

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How to Apply a Safety Edge to a Machine Guard — Part 3: Stopping Performance

In Part 2 of this article, I looked at the pressure-sensitive devices (safety edges) themselves. This part explores the stopping performance requirements that engineers and technologists need to consider when applying these devices. Full disclosure: I use examples from both Rockwell Automation and Pepperl + Fuchs in this article. Neither firm has any relationship with … Continue reading "How to Apply a Safety Edge to a Machine Guard — Part 3: Stopping Performance"

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Occupational Health and Safety

TeamworkSafer workplaces start with safer machinery. The days of "Common Sense" are long gone, with cutting edge techologies bringing new, sophisticated, hazards into your workplace. On top of that. keeping up with Occupational Health and Safety regulations and standards can be a confusing and challenging task, even more so if you work in multiple markets. It is often difficult to know where to begin. We help you navigate your way through this maze of legislation, regulation and over-complication. Everything we do is about keeping workers safe, every day.

Machinery Risk Assessment

Identifying HazardsWe specialize in risk assessment and safety-related controls for machinery. We help machinery users assess the risks from machinery in their workplaces. Risk assessment is a primary tool - or should be - for machine designers. Using risk assessment in your design process gives you better control over the design of safety systems, provides you with sound data for making safety related decisions, and gives you solid evidence of due diligence when you need it. If risk assessment is new to you, we can help. We provide risk assessments as well as training services so that you can continue to assess risk with your own team in the future. We help machine builders assess the risks presented by the machines they build. Compliance InSight Consulting provides you with the guidance you need to reduce those risks, making your equipment safer without sacrificing productivity - while partnering with you to make this goal achievable and affordable.

Machine Guarding

Machine GuardingWe bring sound judgement, strengthened by more than a decade of experience to the analysis of machine guarding, including design of safety related controls, and reliability analysis under CSA, ANSI and ISO rules - right up to the latest edition of ISO 13849‑1. We've tested hundreds of light curtain, safety mat and two-hand control installations on power presses, transfer machines, robotic assembly cells, and many other applications. We've seen these installations done well and we've seen the many ways they can go wrong.

Industrial Lasers

Laser Cutting SteelLasers are one of the 20th Century's great inventions. There are thousands in use in industrial workplaces around the world, from picowatt lasers used for telecommunications, to multi-kilowatt cutting lasers. If you use lasers in your workplace, laser hazard assessments are a must. If you build machinery that incorporates lasers, understanding the hazards is critical to proper safeguarding for your employees and your customers. We can provide you with laser hazard analysis under US, Canadian, and International standards using ANSI Z136.1, CAN/CSA/IEC E60825-1 and IEC 60825-1. We can evaluate the safety of lasers integrated into manufacturing systems under ANSI B11.21.

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