EMO Safety Day: "Machine tools are safe products"
The safety of machine tools is a major issue. Complex machinery, high speeds, and high power levels can be a dangerous mixture for the operator. At the Safety Day for Machine Tools at EMO Hannover 2017, top experts will present their insights on the requirements and challenges entailed by the current state of the art, mapping out how practical solutions ensure high levels of safety and elucidating what remains to be done in the future.
"Machine tools are very safe products", experts state. Many stakeholders have been collaborating for a long time to reach the current safety level: machine tool manufacturers, operators, health and safety experts, EU policy-makers and international standardisation groups. It is a remarkable story: "For many decades, our companies have proven that they can handle the risks that come with the operation of machine tools", explains Heinrich Mödden, a machinery safety expert at the EMO organizer VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association). Certainly there is a lot of work still needed, but, as Mr. Mödden continues, "it pays off, as the number of accidents is continuously declining." This shows that a high level of safety has already been achieved with traditional design practices.
"The proximity to the EMO exhibition makes it possible to see how the design concepts of modern machine tools have been enhanced once again", Mr. Mödden says. As a consequence, not only the aspects of machine manufacturers are to be discussed, but also the vital connection to the equipment suppliers, as well as the reflections of occupational safety executives arising from their field experience. The expected conclusion of the EMO Safety Day is also an appeal to all worldwide manufacturers to ensure that machine tools which are being designed in accordance to the relevant product safety standards and which are also being operated in accordance with "their intended use can be considered safe". EMO Hannover will take place on 18-23 September, 2017.