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Rise of the machines

Treotham Automation launches a service for performing risk assessment on any sort of machines — not just in relation to its control products but also the mechanical aspects of the unit.

The new service sees the company’s electrical engineer, Mr. Raju Kotecha, going on-site to make detailed inspection and analysis on a company’s most likely machine hazards.

“This is a rather unique service because what we do is made a complete analysis and an offer the client a prescription rather than an ambiguous multi-page report,” said Mr. Kotecha.

“A service like this is well overdue because more often than not – perhaps due to complacency more than anything else – aspects of machine safety are given lip service, so in the current era big companies are very fearful of the cost of accident.

“It’s a black box for most people; in fact most operators don’t know what they need. Because they have been working a machine for a long time they underestimated the risk associated with it.”

Some of the more common sites see machines operating with no guards or manipulation of the guards, or by passing over the guards. A lot of people have pressure during production, and when the machine breaks down they tend not to follow the proper safety procedure to save time. Other times, some business owners have been doing things the same way for 20 years and don’t realise they’re doing something wrong.

Assessment can be performed regardless of the energy sources on the machine: electrical, pneumatics, hydraulics, coolant or cooled water.

Treotham Automation also provides a ‘risk matrix’ outlining the potential severity of injuries, frequency of exposure and/or exposure time to the hazard time, the possibility of avoiding the hazard, and categories for safety related parts of control systems.

Risk control recommendations are then made to guide the machine owner on the best way of maximising safety levels around the machine.

For more information, (02) 9907 1788,

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