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Experts line up for BARA’s 2007 machine safety conference

12 April, 2007

Experts from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and industry have been lined up to present papers at the forthcoming Machine Safety Conference being organised by BARA, the British Automation and Robot Association. This event, which takes place on 21 June at Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes, will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of machinery safety issues in the light of current and forthcoming standards. Case studies will be used to illustrate the points being made.

The event is being co-sponsored by Drives & Controls, the HSE, IET, IMechE,, and Laidlers Associates.

Presentations already lined up include:

º A speaker from the HSE describing a new standard on functional safety and power drive systems;

º Another HSE expert talking about BS EN 62061: A Toolkit for Functional Safety in Machinery and Industrial Automation Risk Assessment and SIL Assignment;

º A speaker from Rockwell Automation talking on Safety Systems and Robotics: Applications in Practice;

º A view on safety networking technology, illustrated with case studies, by a speaker from Sick;

º A presentation by Pilz Automation Technology entitled Unscrambling the Wires. Networked Safety in Robot Cells;

º A presentation on a practical approach to guarding robot cells, by Procter Machine Guarding;

º An expert from the safety consultancy Laidler Associates, talking about Project Management of a Safety Solution, Featuring Risk Assessment, CE Marking and Remedial Work; and

º A presentation by FSE on using AS-Interface in a mechanical handling application.

There will also be an exhibition, giving attendees an opportunity to examine many of the latest machinery safety products and to discuss their projects with experts from the participating companies. The exhibition and refreshment breaks will also allow attendees to talk informally with the presenters.

Because the event is taking place at Bletchley Park, the day will conclude with a tour of the historic Enigma codebreaking site.

Space at the venue is limited. If you are interested in attending the conference or exhibiting at the event, please contact Doug Devlin on 01922 644 766.

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