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June 6, 2012

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Firms pool expertise to form machine-safety advice group

Several companies have joined forces under one umbrella organisation to provide specialist machine safety advice for end users.

Fortress Interlocks has partnered with Festo, Pilz Automation Technology, Troax, UK Engineering, and Werma to create the Machine Safety Alliance. The group aims to share its collective knowledge and expertise to help machine builders and users make sense of safety requirements in order to safeguard productivity.

The Alliance also aims to help machine users understand the new EN IOS 13849-1 safety standard, which highlights the verifications and validations of the safety-related parts of control systems.

Tony Baggott, Fortress Interlocks’ sales and marketing manager, said the company joined the Alliance to help provide comprehensive safety knowledge that users will find easily accessible. “The Machine Safety Alliance is a non-profit organisation,” he explained. “Our hope is to help companies understand and comply with safety regulations while balancing productivity. We are well-placed to provide expertise in this field, in collaboration with our specialist partners in the Alliance.”

The Machine Safety Alliance has organised a series of seminars at venues across the UK. The events will focus on various technologies and the application of EN ISO 13849-1 and other safety standards. For more information, visit


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