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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.

  • SAFETY & INTEGRATION - Interview

    Launching innovations as quickly as possible

    “In times of rapid technological change, we need to make sure that we deliver our customers with innovations and “working” products as early as possible”, says Axel Schneider, Chief Technology Officer, Schmersal Group, in this interview with Juili Eklahare from Indian magazine A&D. He explains how Industry 4.0 affects machine safety, what makes the company unique and how it is more economical to consider safety technology at the planning stage.
    Source: A&D, Automation and Digitisation, publish-industry India Pvt. Ltd.
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  • Advanced safety solutions can help reduce machine downtime

    Interview with Ramji Singh, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Schmersal India  

    Schmersal Group, an international market leader in the field of machine safety, entered India in 2007 and by 2013, it had its own manufacturing facility. In 2018, it even set up its global IT centre in India, which is the company’s first such outside Germany. We have Ramji Singh expressing his confidence in Schemersal’s growth in India, thanks to rising awareness of machine safety. Singh observes that engineers in India are realizing that advanced safety solutions can indeed help reduce machine downtime and increase productivity.

    Source: T&D India, August 2019, Amber Media LLP

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  • CONSISTENT COMMUNICATION

    Safety controller with OPC UA interface simplifies predictive maintenance

    Collecting and evaluating data in Industry 4.0 forms the basis for process improvements and predictive maintenance. This is made easier thanks to a safety controller with built-in OPC UA server which enables a consistent flow of data from the sensor systems to the central IT systems.

    Source: Der Betriebsleiter 4/2019, Vereinigte Fachverlage GmbH

    Autor: Ulrich Bernhardt, Head of Sales Control Units, Schmersal Group, Wuppertal/Wettenberg

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  • CHALLENGING

    Safety light curtains for contactless securing of hazardous areas in food production

    Food production is among the most challenging industries as there are particularly stringent requirement for sensor systems and safety technology. The strict hygiene requirements with frequent, thorough cleaning are a challenge for all electrical and electronic components. A new series of safety light curtains and light grids has been developed for just these awkward conditions.

    Source: messtec drives Automation, 4/2019, WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co.

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  • SEAMLESS SAFETY SOLUTION FOR FLOORING MACHINES

    Decentralised "safety separated" system with PROTECT PSC1 safety controller from Schmersal

    Large machine – little wiring required. The company Gebr. Schroeder in Warendorf, Germany, which specialises in wood flooring production machines, utilises an efficient safety solution from Schmersal for its system for longitudinal and cross-profiling of planks. The modular PROTECT PSC1 safety controller forms the heart of the system.

    Source: Industrielle Automation, 3/2019, Vereinigte Fachverlage GmbH

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  • SCHMERSAL : Protecting human & machine assets for safer workplaces

    Interview with Ramji Singh, VP Sales & Marketing, Schmersal India

    "Embracing the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the manufacturing facility of Schmersal India is enhancing its product range by designing and manufacturing customised safety products as per the needs of the customer specific applications in India", says Ramji Singh, VP Sales & Marketing, Schmersal India, in an interview with the magazine MACHINE TOOLS WORLD.
    Source:  MACHINE TOOLS WORLD, MARCH 2019, website: www.mtwmag.com

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  • Safely connected

    Safety Fieldbox for universal use

    The Schmersal Group has presented a newly developed fieldbox at SPS IPC Drives for the first time. This allows up to eight safety switchgear devices of different designs to be simply connected to various safety controllers using “Plug&Play”. The machine manufacturer benefits from the reduced installation times, while the operator can enjoy increased flexibility and transparency.

    Author: Udo Weber, Safety Technology Product Manager, Schmersal Group

    Source: SPS Magazin, 11/2018, TeDo Verlag

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  • Safety solutions for the construction materials industry – a coordinated concept

    CRH Structural Concrete Belgium decided to commission for its eleven locations integrated safety solutions from a single supplier: the Schmersal...

    For the Irish CRH Group, the second-largest supplier of construction materials worldwide, occupational safety is a “strategic priority.” It is for that reason that the Group continuously invests in updating its safety systems. The subsidiary CRH Structural Concrete Belgium decided to commission for its eleven locations integrated safety solutions from a single supplier: the Schmersal Group.

    Source: BFT INTERNATIONAL 02·2019 (Website: www.bft-international.com

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  • Safety solutions for the construction materials industry

    With Schmersal, CRH Belgium now receives everything from a single source

    Occupational safety is a strategic priority for CRH. As part of continual investment in its safety systems, CRH Structural Concrete Belgium (CRH Belgium) opted to equip its 11 locations with safety solutions from the Schmersal Group.

    Source: Global Cement Magazine, January 2019

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  • MAXIMUM HOLDING FORCE

    Safety technology for safety doors increases machine availability  

    Machines from Eckel & Sohn are pioneers when it comes to sorting, supplying, screwing and assembling closures. To safeguard its plants, the company has come to rely on state-of-the-art bolt interlocks that fit to the safety doors to reliably monitor their positions.

    Source: Lebensmitteltechnik, 3/2018

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  • Proactive over reactive

    Safety to Cloud solution incorporates safety technologies into predictive maintenance concepts

    Predictive maintenance is a key component of industry 4.0, whose principal advantage can be summarised in two words: economic efficiency. To optimise machine capacity within the sense of future anticipated maintenance, a comprehensive range of data needs to be collected, beginning at the very lowest machine level. Cloud solutions support the user with the analysis and utilisation of the data.

    Source: messtec drives Automation, 4/2018, WILEY-VCH Verlag publishing house

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  • LOOKING AHEAD FROM THE CLOUD

    A Smart Safety Solution for safety switchgear diagnostics

    Comprehensive information about the status of a machine or plant: This brief formula turns one of the key demands of operators into a reality, a demand that also applies to safety-related components. With the Smart Safety Solution, this demand also becomes a reality. The solution gathers diagnostics data and transfers it via gateway for display and evaluation in the cloud.

    Source: KE NEXT, 5/2018, verlag moderne industrie, publishing house

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  • Smart medical products - safely produced

    MZM 100-AS safety interlocks from Schmersal with integrated ASi SaW interface

    Harro Höfliger is highly specialised when it comes to web processing, and the development and launch of the company’s news PMK series has been particularly significant. One of the most striking features of the new machines are the large transparent safety doors. To monitor the position of the doors, Harro Höfliger uses electromagnetic safety interlocks with integrated AS-I Safety interface from Schmersal, as on its existing MKC series cartoning machines.

    Source: SPS Magazin, 4/2018, TeDO publishing house

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