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Technical articles

We offer a selection of technical articles dealing with the safety of machines and plants - both in general and on particular aspects of product families for machine safety. Some of the contributions are from Schmersal employees, others are written by independent specialists, e.g. from industrial assessment organisations. The applicable PDF file can be stored on your computer by means of the download function.

  • Schmersal’s main aim is localized R&D in India

    Interview with Sagar Bhosale, Managing Director, Schmersal India

    A leading player in machine safety, Schmersal India recently celebrated a decade of its existence in India. The company is extremely bullish on the Indian market and is concentrating on more localized R&D, developing new products for the local market. In an exclusive interview Sagar Bhosale, Managing Director, Schmersal India talks at length about the company’s future vision and plans to the editor of the trade magazine MACHINE TOOLS WORLD. Sagar Bhosale gives an update about key technology trends, such as automation and IIoT and prime challenges for safety technology with the rapid adoption of these trends.

    Source: 32 MACHINE TOOLS WORLD OCTOBER 2017

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  • Master of safety: The new cartoner from Molins Langen

    Schmersal supplies safety technology for high-performance ‘Maestro’ machine

    Première at interpack 2017: The new ‘Maestro’ cartoning machine from Molins Langen was presented to the public for the first time in May at the packaging show in Dusseldorf, Germany. The innovative cartoner sets new standards in terms of efficiency, accessibility and hygiene-compliant design. Another benefit is that the high-performance machine is fitted with safety sensors and interlocks from Schmersal as standard.

    Source: Food & Drink Matters, UK, issue 131 

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  • Everything continues to flow - safely

    Interlocks and sensors from Schmersal ensure that Krones systems are safe and productive

    Krones AG ensures that the international beverage industry remains keeps flowing: Worldwide, every third bottle opened has been filled, labelled and packaged on a Krones plant. As a world market leader in its sector, the company is known throughout the beverage world for its efficient and safe systems for beverage filling and packaging. Following an extensive market investigation, the company now equips the machines that it manufactures for the global market with the safety sensors RSS36 and the safety interlock AZM300 from Schmersal. Protection against tampering, very good diagnostics possibilities and AS-i-Safety at Work connectivity were decisive factors for the choice of these components.

    Source: Lebensmitteltechnik 10/2017

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  • 10,000 N interlocking force on Microcut

    Safety for the Stephan Vacutherm system

    User-friendliness, high levels of safety, wide range of applications and availability, these were the most important requirements from Stephan Machinery, which produces foodmanufacturing machines. Therefore, for its Stephan Vacutherm System VMC 1200, which was primarily developed for the production of delicatessen products, the company decidedto use the new AZM 400 solenoid interlock from Schmersal.
    Source: LVT LEBENSMITTEL Industrie 4/2017
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  • ‘As automation continues to gain steam, safety basics needs to be reinforced’

    Interview with Sagar Bhosale, Managing Director at Schmersal India

    Schmersal India, a leading player in machine safety, recently celebrated a decade of its existence in India. The company has indeed come a long way since its humble beginning as a sales organisation to tap the growing Indian market. Today, the company has a manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon near Pune and is in fact the only company producing safety switches directly in India. It expects further growth in production and employment in the coming years, courtesy increasing awareness of safety in the industry. In an interview with the Indian trade magazine Engineering Review, Sagar Bhosale, Managing Director at Schmersal India, talks about the need for safety to evolve to keep pace with the rising trend of automation and challenges in the Indian market.

    Source: Engineering Review, July 2017

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  • NO INDUSTRY 4.0 WITHOUT MACHINE SAFETY

    “Safety Technology specialists should be involved as early as the design phase.”

    Interview with Philip Schmersal, Managing Director and Shareholder, Schmersal Group: "The prevailing issues of Industry 4.0 / IIoT are communication and data exchange, intelligent networking and flexibility. In this respect, our safety controller PSC1 is Industry 4.0 compliant."

    Source: DER KONSTRUKTEUR 1-2/2017

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  • Safely in series

    Schmersal has launched a new safety installation system.

    Interview with Udo Weber, Safety Technology Product Manager at Schmersal Group: "The market demands wiring solutions which are as simple, fault-proof and cost-effective as possible."
    Source: Computer&AUTOMATION 2/2017

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  • Tiny things for maximum effect

    Premiere for the smallest safety light barrier

    At SPS IPC Drives 2016, the Schmersal Group showcased a new range of opto-electronic safety equipment with a clear unique selling point. The SLB 240/440/450 is the smallest
    range of safety light barriers in the world with built-in evaluation.

    Author: Klaus Schuster, Schmersal Group

    Source: Konstruktion & Entwicklung, 11 / 2016, Schlütersche Verlagsgesellschaft

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  • Mobile and safe

    Tailored safety technology supports the the flexibility of a welding cell

    The mobile welding cell from the Guttroff group of companies offers a whole load of technology in a compact space, is delivered in no time and is enormously flexible in terms
    of potential applications. The user can select whether to buy or rent the “welding robot to go” and in either scenario gains access to welding know-how and services. The safety technology selected by Schmersal provides substantial support for the automated cell in terms of flexibility.

    Source: Der Betriebsleiter 11-12/2016

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  • Hygiene-compliant, flexible and reliable

    safety systems for the food and packaging industry

    The requirements are tough for the food and packaging industry: hygiene-compliant design, flexibility, short conversion times and high levels of plant availability are increasingly important features for machines and systems. In these industries, too, protecting employees is a priority, but the safety systems need to be adapted to the individual applications and contribute to the efficiency of the production processes.

    Author: Siegfried Rüttger, Industry Manager Pharma/Food/Packaging, Schmersal Group
    Source: Getränke + Lebensmittel Herstellung 2016, Kuhn Fachverlag
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  • Focus on what is important

    Safety relay modules for evaluation of safety-oriented signals

    A new range of safety relay modules from Schmersal is simple to adapt to individual requirements. A single module covers a range of applications. Other features include
    short address times and pre-configured applications – functions which are required in,for example, packaging machine construction.

    Author: Thomas Rühl, Product Manager, Schmersal

    Source: elektro AUTOMATION, SONDERTEIL SICHERHEITSTECHNIK 2016

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  • Best of all flexible

    Requirements on safe control technology

    In the widely varying task areas in industrial production, flexibility is becoming an increasingly important characteristic of machines and installations. Batch sizes are becoming smaller, and it must be possible to adapt the machines to different products and market conditions both straightforwardly and quickly. As a result there are also special requirements on the safe control technology. A new generation of programmable modular safety controllers from Schmersal is extremely well suited to this requirement.
    Source: GIT SICHERHEIT + MANAGEMENT 10/2016, WILEY-VCH Verlag
    Author:Siegfried Rüttger, Industry Manager Packaging/Food/Pharma, Schmersal Group

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  • Changes of relevance to practice or simply cosmetic revisions?

    Experts in safety technology on the updated standard DIN EN ISO 13849-1:2016 – Safety of machinery

    After several years of standardisation work, DIN EN ISO 13849-1:2016 was published at the end of May. Since July it is therefore only this standard that is allowed to be used as the basis for the presumption of conformity. As there are a lot of changes in the standard, there may be new requirements for issuing EC declarations of conformity as a result. The effect these changes have on the practical work of machinery and plant manufacturers is explained by the seven experts in this interview. They also explain which special requirements need to be addressed on the usage of collaborative robots.

    Source: elektro AUTOMATION 09 / 2016

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  • Sensors for work safety

    Switches provide more safety in the workplace - particularly in the packaging industry

    The Wuppertal-based organisation Schmersal offers its customers the world‘s largest programme of safety switchgear and systems for the protection of man and machines. A special field of application is seen particularly in the packaging industry, as here the machines and plants work at high speeds.
    Source: VERPACKUNGS-RUNDSCHAU, 9/2016
    Author: Siegfried Rüttger,Industry Manager Packaging/Food/Pharma, Schmersal Group

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  • “Mind the gap” - travelling in Hong Kong

    Schmersal delivers safety systems for the mass transit railway in the Asian megacity

    In the megacity of Hong Kong, millions of people use railway, which is among the busiest and most modern in the world, every day. For operator company MTR (Mass Transit Railway), passenger safety is the top priority. This is why the transport company charged the Schmersal Group with kitting out some of the platforms in the aboveground stations with safety systems.

    Source: Engineering Update, October 2016

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  • Stop at a dizzying height

    Schmersal AV20 switchgear is responsible for locking the doors of the permanent lift at a height of over 600 m.

    A permanent lift brings service technology materials almost to the very top of the highest building in the world - the Burj Khalifa in Dubai: the stop is at a height of 611 m. The service lift from Pega’s “Industrial Lift” range is fitted with Schmersal Böhnke+Partner lift switchgear equipment.

    Source: Lift Journal 4 / 2016

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  • Clean solution for protective doors

    Flexible packaging machines with hygiene-compliant safety equipment

    The German-based company Meypack specialises in the production of individual final packaging systems. These are based on a Clean Design principle which extends as far as the machine safety. The position of the transparent safety doors is monitored on a contactless basis by compact, hygiene-compliant Schmersal sensors using RFID technology.

    Source: trade magazine Lebensmitteltechnik 6/2016

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  • Playing it safe

    Schmersal provides improved machine safety

    In the MKC range, Harro Höfliger GmbH has developed a cartoning machine which can be flexibly adapted to user requirements. The safety system has the flexibility to match.

    Source: trade magazine VERPACKUNGS-RUNDSCHAU, 6/2016

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  • Rethinking safety

    Shifting machine safety from hardware to software

    Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and new forms of human machine interaction: These are exciting times for mechanical engineering and the production industry in general, and the speed at which changes are happening seems to be getting faster all the time. The changes will also have an impact on machine safety.

    Source: trade magazine Der Konstrukteur 6/2016
    André Batz, Director of Research & Development, Schmersal Group

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  • High safety levels for operators and good process visibility

    Schmersal's AZM 300 solenoid interlock is used on the safety doors of an Integra Edition filler.

    Haver & Boecker likes to take an innovative approach to its filling systems. This also applies to machine safety: For its latest generation of machines, the design engineers are using a flexible, robust solenoid interlock from Schmersal
    Author: Siegfried Rüttger, packaging/food/pharmaceuticals industry manager, Schmersal Group
    Source: trade magazine open automation, 3/2016
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  • KNOWLEDGE – PLANNING – PRACTICE

    Why do we need machine safety services?  

    These days, machine safety and occupational health and safety are key issues at any mechanical engineering company. However, the complexity of these issues often require in-depth knowledge. This is why experts like the Schmersal Group have started creating a new set of services. Dr. Michael Döpper, editor-in-chief of trade magazine "Der Konstrukteur" spoke to Jörg Schreiber, the head of Strategic Market Development at the Schmersal Group in Wuppertal, Germany, about the group’s new independent division tec.nicum.
    Source: trade magazine “Der Konstrukteur” 4 /2106
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  • “Factories in India are getting future-ready”

    Mindset could be one of the challenges posed by manufacturers while leveraging automation

    “With vision in mind and correct planning, one can achieve success in automation projects”, says Sagar Jeevan Bhosale, Managing Director, Schmersal India, in an interview with the magazine A&D India. He believes that factories in India are getting future-ready with their technological innovation and capable human resources.
    Source: A&D India, Apr-May, 2016
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  • Speed control for robots

    ROBOTICS IN INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

    Virtual safety fences isolate robots from people. Cooperation between humans and robots without isolating safety fences is one of the hot topics in industrial automation.
    These kinds of cooperative working systems mean that the robots need an “in-built” safety fence, which shifts what were previously hardware functions to an intelligent
    controller.Leading providers rely on customer-specific solutions from the Schmersal Group, which has been carrying out research and development work in this area of machine safety for around fifteen years now.
    Source: Scope, 4/2016

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  • Safety as a business

    Certified tec.nicum employees assess the safety of your machines.

    Schmersal has already been providing a portfolio of services for some time. In recent years, demand for these safety-related services has increased steadily. This is why the company restructured its services as of 1 January 2016, at the same time expanding them and transferring them to a new company division. The new, independent tec.nicum umbrella brand underlines the company’s aim of providing consultancy services on a product and manufacturer-neutral basis.
    Source: A& D magazine, 4/2016, publish industry verlag
    Author: Jörg Schreiber, Head of Strategic Market Development at the Schmersal Group

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  • The aim: safe machines

    Schmersal Group founds service division

    The Schmersal Group is bundling its comprehensive range of machine safety services based on the tec.nicum brand. GIT SICHERHEIT asked Jörg Schreiber, Director Strategic
    Market Development at the Schmersal Group, about the product range of the new division and the positioning of the company as a system and solution provider.
    Source: GIT SICHERHEIT + MANAGEMENT 3/2016, WILEY-VCH
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  • More flexible evaluation of safety-related signals

    With eight variants, the new SRB-E safety relay modules cover a wide range of applications.

    Even technologies which have been established for years have potential for innovation. This is evidenced by Schmersal with its latest range of safety relay modules, which
    bring a new dynamic to this proven technology for evaluating safety signals. The range can easily be adapted to individual requirements. Different applications can be covered
    with a single module.
    Source: trade magazine „etz“, 1-2, 2016, VDE VERLAG GMBH
    Author: Thomas Rühl, product manager, Schmersal Group

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  • Solenoid interlock for heavy safety doors

    With the AZM 400, the Schmersal Group is enhancing its programme of solenoid interlocks

    At the SPS IPC Drives trade fair, the Schmersal Group is presenting a new solenoid interlock designed specifically for heavy safety doors. Among its main properties
    are the electric-motor-powered locking bolt, a holding force of 10 000 N and the bistable principle of operation.

    Author: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Stephan Frick, MBA, Product Manager of Safety Technology,Schmersal
    Source: trade magazine etz, 11/2015, VDE Verlag

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  • Multifunctional and flexible

    New safety relay modules

    At the SPS IPC Drives trade fair, the Schmersal Group is presenting a range of safety relay modules that are distinguished by optimum adaptation to different applications and offer various unique selling points. During development of the range, the design engineers also had to bear particular demands relating to packaging machine construction in mind.

    Author: Thomas Rühl, Product Manager of Safety Technology, Schmersal

    Source: trade magazine Pack Report 11/2015

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  • Partnership for safety

    Interview: Safety technology for conveying bulk material

    Two industry specialists for processing and plant safety in the heavy industry have embarked on a sales partnership in order that, in future, they can offer their customers complete solutions for safe and productive bulk material conveyance: the Schmersal Group and the Coal Control Gesellschaft für Automation. In a discussion with Udo Sekin, Heavy Industry Manager of the Schmersal Group, he reports about equipment manufacturers turning into solution providers and about the first results from the Coal Control merger.
    Source: trade magazine traffic, WILEY

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  • Ordinance provides clarification

    The new German ordinance on industrial health and safety (BetrSichV)

    The new version of the German ordinance on industrial health and safety (Betriebssicherheitsverordnung - BetrSichV) has been in force since the middle of the year. It contains
    some changes that are of relevance to all organisations that operate machines and systems. And, finally, it clarifies – together with interpretation paper from the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) – the question as to which safety requirements must be taken into account on the modernisation and modification of machines.

    Author: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Siegfried Wolf, Head of tec.nicum academy
    Source: trade magazine Der Betriebsleiter 11-12/2015, VFMZ

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Context Column

Fact Sheet

In the demanding field of machine safety the Schmersal Group is one of the international market and competence leaders. Based on more than 25,000 different switching devices the corporate group offers system solutions for the safety of man and machine.

The company is represented by seven manufacturing sites on three continents and with its own subsidiaries and sales partners in more than 60 nations.

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