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 SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards