Safety: priority no. 1
For safe machinery & production lines, Autonational as your supplier and you as our client and end-user need to cooperate together from the start of the project. There are regulations for the protection of users & operators. Regulations may be subject to regional variations. However, there is a general process to be employed during the manufacture and upgrade of machinery:
- During the design and manufacture of machinery, both parties shall identify and evaluate all possible hazards and hazardous points by undertaking a risk assessment. Both parties should agree how to eliminate or reduce the risk by suitable measures. If the risk cannot be eliminated by design measures, suitable controls should be developed & implemented .
- To ensure the intended measures work correctly, overall validation is necessary. This overall validation shall evaluate machine & line design and controls, as well as the administrative dispositions.
Safeguarding people The requirements for the protection of machinery have changed more and more with the increasing use of automation. Innovative technology has enabled protective devices to be integrated into the work process. If properly applied, they are no longer a barrier for the operator. Indeed they often improve productivity. For this reason, reliable protective devices integrated into the workplace are essential.
Safety is a basic need
Safety is a basic need of people. Studies show that people who are continually subjected to stressful situations are more susceptible to psychosomatic illnesses. Even though it is possible to adapt to extreme situations over the long term, they will place a great strain on the individual.
Safety is a management task
Decision makers in industry are responsible for their employees as well as for smooth, cost-effective production. Management should make safety part of every day business, they are responsible for implementing a ‘’safety culture’’. Only then employees will be receptive to the subject. Moreover, involvement of the employees results in acceptance and less incidents, because most accidents are due to human error.
Expert knowledge is required
The safety of machinery and production lines depends to a large extent on the correct application of regulations and standards. Such regulations describe general requirements that are specified in more detail by standards. Standards are updated regularly and represent accepted solutions for safety. Implementing all these requirements in a practical manner requires extensive expert knowledge, application knowledge and many years of experience. It is very important that the needs of machine operators, maintenance personnel and others are included in the planning at concept level. Only an intelligent safety concept matched to the work process and personnel will result in necessary acceptance.