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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-00939

AcronymMachine Guarding Device

Proposal titleInnovative Trip Device for Machine Guarding

AbstractAnnually, 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 fiber,

when a force is applied on that fiber . This change of attenuation can be detected by a

photo cell to trigger a machine stop. Among other advantages, a 70% lower costprice than

current pressure-sensitive safety mats/bars and light curtains is anticipated. Once this

technology becomes available to themarket, 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.

Key ActionGROW-1.   Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorMr. Johan DIJKSTRACompany sizeS2

LIGHTSPEED SECURITY SYSTEMS BV

Kennedyboulevard 640

1931 XM - Egmond aan Zee

The Netherlands

Phone: 072-506-6135

Fax: 072-506-6230

SME Proposer(s)

P. BOONEN & COBelgiumS3

PASSENGER LIFT SERVICESUnited KingdomS3

Last update18/6/2001

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