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Innovative trip device for machine guarding

Objective

Annually, the EU suffers from 8,000 fatalities by machine operations and 2,000,000 severe accidents with machinery. One of the reasons is that available machine guarding solutions (e.g. pressure-sensitive safety mats, light curtains) are expensive. A promising system for human detection could be developed which can be used to guard a machine. This technology is based on the physical principle of change of attenuation in an optical fibber, when a force is applied on that fibber . This change of attenuation can be detected by a photocell to trigger a machine stop. Among other advantages, a 70% lower cost price than current pressure-sensitive safety mats/bars and light curtains is anticipated. Once this technology becomes available to the market, a higher level of machinery safety could be achieved against lower costs. The proposed project is defined to develop a trip device for machinery safety. After analysing and researching materials and components, a prototype system will be built and extensively tested, both in laboratory and in practical applications.

Funding Scheme

EAW - Exploratory awards

Coordinator

LIGHTSPEED SECURITY SYSTEMS BV
Address
Kennedyboulevard 640
1931 XM Egmond Aan Zee
Netherlands

Participants (1)

P. BOONEN & CO
Belgium
Address
Tunnelweg 14
2845 Niel