Rockwell Automation expands programme to help companies with machine safety

Rockwell Automation expands programme to help companies with machine safety
Photos taken of Rockwell Automations TWB in Twinsburg Ohio on August 15 2017
Published: 14 September 2019 - 5 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
Industrial companies trying to keep up with today’s complex requirements for machine-safety systems while staying as productive as possible now have more help available to them through the Machine Safety System Integrator programme.

Rockwell Automation has added three new members to the programme, which connects companies with system integrators that have expertise in current safety standards and a track record of designing safety systems. The programme now has 45 members located around the world.

“Working with qualified system integrators helps manufacturers keep systems compliant with current standards while improving productivity,” said Lee Lane, vice president and general manager, sensing, safety and connectivity business, Rockwell Automation.

Safety is not just another box to check. Having a positive safety culture, helping to ensure compliance and using contemporary safety technology is shown to reduce unplanned downtime and significantly improve worker safety, hiring and retention.

The new members of the Rockwell Automation Machine Safety System Integrator programme include: (i) Matrix Technologies, Inc. provides automation and control systems integration, manufacturing intelligence and operational technology, and process and facilities engineering for multiple industries across the US. The company is based near Toledo, Ohio, and has a presence in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Denver and Atlanta. (ii) Automation Group supports the food and beverage industry by integrating proven automation, networking and virtualisation solutions. The company is headquartered in Modesto, California, with additional locations across California and Nevada. (iii) Factory Automation Systems provides turnkey automation and robotics solutions across the US. Based in Atlanta, GA, the company supports industries including building products, food and beverage processing, consumer products, metals, automotive and aerospace.

Matrix Technologies, Inc. is a Rockwell Automation Solution Partner. Automation Group and Factory Automation Systems are both Rockwell Automation Recognised System Integrators.

To be eligible for the Machine Safety System Integrator programme, candidates must be Solution Partners, or Recognised System Integrators in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork programme with three to five years of machine-safety experience. They must also complete an intensive education and assessment process. Rockwell Automation recognises third-party certification from industry-accepted organisations like TÜV, or exida.

After meeting these initial requirements, the candidates’ safety engineers complete training modules on various machine-safety topics. Finally, candidates must submit a machine-safety project that is consistent with global standards.

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