Pilz Automation Technology is to sponsor and exhibit its range of safety solutions for the paper industry at the forthcoming Confederation of Paper Industries’ (CPI) Biennial Health and Safety Conference, which will be held at the St Johns Hotel, Solihull on Tuesday 8th November 2011.

The focus of the Pilz exhibition stand will be ‘Machinery Safety Product Solutions & Services for the paper industry’, including current and new safety solutions for hand-fed platen presses, and the related City & Guilds Machinery Safety Course, which has just been accredited by the National Skills Academy for Materials, Production & Supply for delivery to the paper industry.

The CPI Conference will see the official launch by David Gartside of the HSE for the 2012-2014 PABIAC Strategy ‘Being the Difference Together’. Delegates will also benefit from sessions that include a heartfelt and moving account by Jennifer Deeney, whose personal story provides a stark reminder of why health and safety at work is of paramount importance. Other speakers include Kevin Bridges, partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, who acted as defence lawyers for the first company to be convicted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

The event is targeted at CEOs, operational managers and supervisors, health and safety practitioners and safety representatives working in the paper industry.

Machinery safety specialist from Pilz will be on hand at the conference to discuss issues and solutions specific to the paper industry.

A current hot topic in the paper industry is the safety of hand-fed platen presses. Pilz has developed and installed a range of solutions to suit the varying needs of those wishing to retro-fit a safety system on top of an existing control system, and those wishing to completely upgrade the platen control system. These solutions include an add-on system based on Pilz’s PNOZmulti safety relay with light beams and upgraded interlocking systems to complement the existing machine controls. An alternative solution provided by Pilz is a complete upgrade system comprising a PSS4000 PLC system with light beams, improved interlocking and HMI interface. This provides all machine controls in one system and full PUWER compliance.

In both cases, the Pilz solution provides dynamic monitoring between the jaws of the platen during operation using sequentially muted, single beam safety sensors, which provide protection not only to operators but also to personnel during maintenance and setting of the dies. Unlike alternative laser scanner solutions, the Pilz solution makes it impossible to restart the platen if a person is working or even sat between or inside the jaws (an action that is commonly necessary to clean or set the dies, especially on larger machines). In addition, the Pilz single beam safety sensors can be fitted below the machine, reducing the need for obstructive physical guarding.