MRO Magazine

Safe Motion seminar offers new insights into machine safety


February 16, 2010
By PEM Magazine

To help industries meet the ongoing challenge of workplace safety and regulatory compliance, Bosch Rexroth Canada is offering a free Safe Motion Seminar on two occasions: March 30 and May 11, 2010. The seminar will demonstrate how worker safety can be greatly enhanced with drive-integrated machine safety functions.

The Safe Motion Seminar demonstrates technological and procedural machine safety concepts for control engineers, engineering managers, safety officers, maintenance supervisors, and machine designers. Particular emphasis is placed on applications such as machine tools, printing and converting, food and packaging, handling, metal forming and automated assembly, where protection of plant personnel against uncontrolled machine movements is crucial. In addition to addressing workplace safety, the Safe Motion approach can improve uptime and productivity by offering an alternative to traditional safety procedures such as simply turning machines off and locking out to perform maintenance and changeovers.

“Safe Motion aims at building safe operating procedures right into machines and operating processes themselves,” explains Safe Motion seminar presenter Allen Rutherford, Senior Applications Engineer at Bosch Rexroth. “Just turning off a machine and locking out for service or routine cell entry, and then turning it back on again, can be both unsafe and very inefficient.”

Safe Motion is built around integrating safety into the drives, using commercially available machine control products. This makes it easier for industries to improve workplace safety, ensure compliance, create comprehensive safety procedures, and even design or retrofit safer, more efficient machines. “This seminar will help everyone from floor supervisors to OEMs and machine designers view machine control in a new light,” Rutherford says.


For end users of moving machinery, the seminar offers productive ways to maximize workplace safety. For machine designers, the Safe Motion seminar presents new ideas for succeeding in a competitive market where safety and compliance are essential.

The Safe Motion seminar takes place between 9 AM and 2 PM, with breakfast and lunch included, and features slide and video presentations as well as live demonstrations of Safe Motion-equipped machines, including a 2-axis linear motion system demo with integrated Safety on Board technology that can be stopped and started without rebooting the machine. The seminar also provides an excellent introduction to Bosch Rexroth’s in-depth Safe Motion training sessions.

To learn more about the Bosch Rexroth 2010 Seminar Series, including dates and locations, and to register for the Safe Motion event, visit Bosch Rexroth Canada at Other seminar topics slated for 2010 include Plastic Machine Safety & Optimization Upgrades and Tier 4 Emission Fundamentals.