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Free guide to functional machine safety

Pilz Automation Technology publish new 200-page compendium on functional machine safety

ANYONE responsible for the functional safety of machinery can now find help in the form of a 200-page compendium published by Pilz Automation Technology.

The ‘Safety Compendium’ was compiled by a committee of machinery safety experts at Pilz, including engineers, lawyers and academics, and is  intended as an overview or technical guide for those keen to learn more about the application of functional safety standards to machinery and all its other associated aspects.

Available to 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.

The guide also includes a comparison of the old and new Machinery Directives, to highlight the differences between the two, and 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).

Another section looks at safeguards for machines, including advice on how machine designers can prevent or minimize the risk of manipulation or tampering of machine guards.

Comprehensive information is also provided on the many different types of safe control technology available today, including safe communication technologies such as SafetyBUS p and SafetyNET p.

With a view to helping readers improve machine availability and performance, the compendium also discusses the growing trend of using safe motion-control systems.

For a free hard copy of the Safety Compendium tel: (01536) 460766; or email: [email protected]

To download a copy, visit and enter web code 6018.

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