Master Lock richt zich op gespecialiseerde veiligheidssloten

July 26, 2011

Het gebruik maken van retail hangsloten als persoonlijke veiligheidsapparaten is een verborgen gevaar op de werkplaats, zegt veiligheidsexpert Master Lock.

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Het fysieke versleutelen van de bediening van apparatuur of processen om te voorkomen dat deze worden geactiveerd wanneer personeel mogelijk gevaar loopt – een procedure bekend als Lock Out/Tag Out (LOTO) – is een veelgebruikte veiligheidsprocedure in industriële omgevingen. Maar een campagne die veiligheidsspecialist Master Lock deze zomer zal lanceren benadrukt dat als dit soort veiligheidsprocedures geen deel uit maken van een volledige veiligheidsstrategie, kwetsbaar personeel mogelijk niet volledig beschermd zijn.

Elk jaar gebeuren er duizenden industriële ongelukken in Europa, ondanks dat de meesten volledig voorkomen hadden kunnen worden door LOTO-procedures te gebruiken, die activering van apparatuur of onverwachte uitstoot van energie of chemicaliën voorkomen.

“De effectiviteit van LOTO-procedures hangen volledig af van de integriteit van individuele vergrendelingapparatuur”, aldus Kieran MacCourt, Europese marketing manager van Master Lock. “Een slot gebruiken dat gemakkelijk breekt of verwijderd kan worden zonder de originele sleutel, kan nog gevaarlijker zijn dan helemaal geen slot gebruiken, omdat het voor een vals gevoel van veiligheid zorgt.

In een campagne gericht aan veiligheids- en facility managers, benadrukt Master Lock de gevaren die personeel loopt bij het gebruik van goedkope retail hangsloten en persoonlijke veiligheidsapparatuur. Ook wordt er op gewezen dat de consequenties van het gebruik van zulke ad hoc veiligheidsmaatregelen fataal kunnen zijn.

“De meeste gangbare hangsloten zijn niet ontworpen of bedoeld voor gebruik in levensbedreigende situaties”, aldus Maccourt. “Industriële omgevingen zijn onveranderlijk gevaarlijk en veelvuldig gebruik van een hangslot in dit soort omgevingen zal al snel voor slijtage zorgen en dus kunnen leiden tot falen en mogelijk levensbedreigende situaties.”

De meeste hangsloten die ontworpen zijn voor binnenshuis of sporadisch gebruik hebben bovendien vaak relatief simpele vergrendelingmechanismen en slechts enkele sleutelcombinaties. Dit vergroot de kans substantieel dat het slot open gemaakt kan worden met andere sleutels dan het origineel. “Er zijn verassend weinig sleutelvariaties in de vele lokale hangsloten”, vervolgt MacCourt. “Ook zijn er weinig beperkingen wat betreft het kopiëren van sleutels. Zodra je twee of drie sleutels van een veiligheidsslot in omloop hebt is het hele systeem waardeloos.”

Master Lock’s assortiment van professionele LOTO-apparatuur is ontwikkeld om een simpel doch effectief veiligheidsbeleid te handhaven, dat ingezet kan worden in vele verscheidene industriële toepassingen. Deze zomer lanceert het bedrijf gratis gidsen op zijn website om veiligheids- en facility managers te helpen effectieve LOTO-strategieën te ontwikkelen en het gebruik van ongeautoriseerde sloten in veiligheidstoepassingen te beheren.

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JETRO survey points to rising confidence in European & US business for Japanese firms

October 21, 2010

Sep. 30, 2010

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) today released the results of its latest surveys* on Japanese manufacturers in Europe and Turkey (hereafter “Europe”) and Japanese manufacturers in the US. Both surveys were conducted between July and August 2010, and 314 valid replies were received from firms in Europe (or 56.0% of companies sent questionnaires), while 806 replies were received for the US survey (68% of firms).
1. Outlook for 2010: about 70% of firms in both the US and Europe expect to post an operating profit
Against the backdrop of uncertainties in the US and European economies due to the euro crisis driven by Greece’s debt woes and the risk of a double-dip recession, about 70% of Japanese manufacturers in both the US and Europe expect to post an operating profit in 2010, largely on the back of increased sales.
Comparing operating profits for this year with a year earlier, the difference between ratios of firms citing “improved” and “declined” (by both firms in the US and Europe) was the largest in a decade. Looking ahead to 2011, more than 90% of firms in both regions expect profits to “improve” or “remain the same,” revealing a positive outlook for the economic situation rather than concerns over a possible double-dip recession.
Meanwhile, Japanese manufacturers and their counterparts in both the US and Europe are facing intensifying price competition. And while respondents have a more positive outlook for 2010, mainly due to increased sales, they still are planning retrenchments in personnel and management/utility costs.
2. Biggest challenges for firms in Europe: exchange rate fluctuations and price competition
More than 60% of Japanese manufacturers in Europe forecast improved business in 2010 (compared to a year earlier), showing a recovery in business confidence. Reflecting this, nearly 70% of respondents expect operating profit for 2010 (the third highest in the past decade), compared to 50% for 2009, showing that firms managed to prosper (i.e. increase sales), despite uncertain economic conditions. The majority of respondents have plans to increase local production in the next one to two years and also expand sales in neighbouring emerging countries, including Russia, which is on its way to an economic recovery.
Ranking at the top of firms’ management problems/issues were “exchange rate fluctuations” and “price competition with Korean or Chinese counterparts.” To counter these challenges, more than 40% of respondent firms plan to “expand local production,” and an increasing number are eyeing to “diversify or shift procurement source to China or other locations.” To reduce costs, a notable number of respondents said they would “hire executive-level personnel locally.”
3. While facing challenges such as price competition, manufacturers in the US are hopeful for benefits from the environment market and government policies to boost exports.
According to the survey, growth in capital investment and employment among Japanese manufactures in the US seems to be levelling off, suggesting that firms are still waiting to make their next moves, as the economic recovery gains speed. However, they feel the worst is over.
Management problems/issues cited most by firms included “lower sales due to price competition” and “cost increases due to yen rise and spike in raw material costs.” Firms expressed concerns over possible rising health care costs under the health care reform bill passed by Congress in March.
Firms seem mostly positive about the booming environment market, seeing opportunities in solar and environmentally-friendly vehicles, while others anticipate increased orders from local firms on the back of the Obama Administration’s export growth strategy.

JETRO Releases the Results of its Survey of Japanese Manufacturers in Europe & Turkey and the US – JETRO

Vote Manufacturing – supporting a worthy cause

October 19, 2010

As an industrial PR company, it is of course in our interests to support manufacturing industry. But our involvement in industry goes much further than just relying on it for our revenue. Myself and other members of the team have all spent time in industry. I myself trained as an electronics engineer originally and spent the early part of my career getting my hands dirty in a variety of engineering jobs.

Vm-3 From this experience, I consider that I have a personal connection to manufacturing and engineering, and a keen sense of its importance to the UK economy. Every year, when we work at engineering and manufacturing events in the UK and Ireland, I am continually struck by the resilience, skill and sheer enthusiasm of those still involved in industry and I make no apologies for being a staunch supporter of manufacturing industry in the UK. A strong UK manufacturing sector means not only a strong economy, but a strong market for OEM’s and manufacturers across Asia.

The outgoing administration in the UK did very little to support manufacturers. Following the election this year, a group of interested parties met at The Future of UK Manufacturing Summit in London to discuss what the government should do to support industry. The result of which was the Vote Manufacturing campaign, which I am pleased to say we have now joined. Here is an extract from the campaign website at

UK Manufacturing employs three million people directly, with two million more providing services for manufacturing. With their families, that’s 10million people – more than enough to ensure the message gets heard.

The new government will either salvage or savage UK Manufacturing. Our competitive balance versus Europe and Asia has become dangerously delicate for a nation deep in debt. The wrong decisions now could take manufacturing beyond a return to prosperity.

These are some of the stark warnings delivered by industry leaders at The Future of UK Manufacturing Summit (, held on 4 March at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ London headquarters.

The Vote Manufacturing campaign has been created to take these discussions forward. At the heart of the Vote Manufacturing campaign are five priority actions vital for manufacturing businesses and their employees.

If you are involved in industry, why not visit the site and join the campaign.

Vote Manufacturing

That’s a wrap

June 2, 2010

From Electronics Manufacture & Test – 27 May 2010

Sony has developed a super-flexible 80µm-thick 4.1in 121ppi 432 x 240 x RGB (FWQVGA) pixels OTFT-driven full colour OLED display that can be wrapped around a pencil.

OTFT-driven OLED display wrapped around a cylinder with a 4mm radiusAn OTFT (Organic Thin-Film Transistor) is a thin-film transistor with organic (carbon-based compound) semiconductor. The OTFT can be directly made on a flexible substrate at low temperature below typically 180°C.
To create the display, Sony developed OTFTs with an original organic semiconductor material (a PXX derivative) with eight times the current modulation of conventional OTFTs. That figure is according to internal comparisons between OTFTs with pentacene (C22H14) and OTFT with a PXX (peri-Xanthenoxanthene) derivative. The OTFT with a PXX derivative shows hole mobility four times higher than an OTFT with pentacene and better switching performance, resulting in current density at a certain gate voltage of eight times higher than conventional pentacene OTFT.

In order to achieve this, it was necessary to develop the integration technologies of OTFTs and OLEDs on an ultra-thin 20μm thick flexible substrate (a flexible on-panel gate-driver circuit with OTFTs which is able to get rid of conventional rigid driver IC chips interfering roll-up of a display) and soft organic insulators for all the insulators in the integration circuit.

OTFT-driven OLED display wrapped around a cylinder with a 4mm radiusBy combining these technologies, Sony successfully demonstrated the world’s first OTFT-driven OLED panel capable of reproducing moving images while being repeatedly rolled-up and stretched around a cylinder with a radius of 4mm. Even after 1000 cycles of repeatedly rolling-up and stretching the display, there was no clear degradation in the display’s ability to reproduce moving images.

Sony has announced that it will proceed with the development of the solution / print based process which manufactures display devices from organic materials that can be dissolved in common solvents. This process requires fewer steps, and consumes materials and energy more efficiently compared to the conventional high temperature vacuum semiconductor process which use inorganic, silicon materials.

Images courtesy of Sony

That’s a wrap

Engineering Capacity: Southern Manufacturing already open for business

January 12, 2010

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2010 has opened for business online, giving exhibitors and visitors the chance to meet and begin negotiations a full two months before the actual event opens on February 10th and 11th.

Using the popular business networking site LinkedIn. exhibitors can post details of their products and services online, giving visitors the chance to see what’s on offer in advance of the show. Visitors looking for specific products or services can post details of their requirements into the same forum, inviting a private response from exhibitors using LinkedIn’s internal mail system. The show’s organisers, European Trade & Exhibition Services (ETES) hope that the new service will prove attractive to visitors wishing to conduct their initial research and negotiations in advance of next year’s event.

Even before the doors open, visitors and exhibitors can interact

Even before the doors open, visitors and exhibitors can interact

Show director Phil Valentine says, "Time is a precious commodity in business today, so making the best use of time is vital. The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show is unique in that it’s possible to see everything from the latest CNC machines to the simplest bolt in a single visit. By extending that concept to the online business community, we’re hoping to make it even easier for visitors to find what they’re looking for."

LinkedIn is one of the most popular business sites in the world, with over 11 million users in Europe alone. Individual users can join groups within the LinkedIn service to share information with fellow professionals or to follow industry news. The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics group allows exhibitors at the show to post details of their products and services, including links back to their own company website.  You can also sign up for the latest news on subcontracting by joining the Engineering Capacity LinkedIn group.

Use of the LinkedIn service is free to visitors and exhibitors. Registration takes just a couple of minutes – simply visit .

In the real world, the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show provides a unique focus for industrial and precision engineering activity in the south of the UK. The show brings together around 500 top suppliers, between them catering for virtually every kind of industrial activity. Last year’s exhibition area covered nearly 3,500m² and attracted in excess of 5000 visitors over two days.

Along with many of Europe’s top industrial suppliers, the show hosts a unique free technical seminar programme, allowing visitors the opportunity to discover the latest developments in a wide range of business topics. Entry to the show itself is completely free to business visitors, and FIVE Farnborough offers plentiful free car parking, superb access by road, rail or air, and an excellent selection of local hotels and restaurants to make your visit as enjoyable as it is productive.

Engineering Capacity: Southern Manufacturing already open for business

Semiconductors Challenge OLEDs

September 16, 2009

September 16, 2009

Semiconductors Challenge OLEDs A recent Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Spectrum article reveals that organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology may not be the successor to liquid crystal display technology (LCD) after all. New research funded by the Ford Motor Corporation demonstrates the creation, assembly, and connection of inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on a flexible substrate, opening up the possibility for the miniaturization of the technology. Given that inorganic LEDs surpass OLEDs in brightness, energy efficiency, durability, and moisture resistance, printed compound semiconductors may soon be the replacement technology of choice for small, pixel-dense displays.

From the Globalspec Newsletter

Birmingham-based Industry Forum’s ‘learn from the best’ visit to Japan

September 7, 2009

 Sep 7 2009 by John Cranage, Birmingham Post

Industrialists and engineers from all over the UK are being invited to take advantage of a chance to learn the secrets of Japanese manufacturing first hand in a “learn from the best” initiative run by the Birmingham-based Industry Forum.

The visit to Japan from November 21 to December 5 will be the ninth in a programme of Best Practice visits. Delegates – industry executives from a wide range of sectors – will visit some of Japan’s top manufacturing companies.

In the five years that visits have been running delegates from the automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, food processing, white goods and other sectors have been given unprecedented access to manufacturing processes which are the envy of the world and rarely duplicated outside Japan with total effectiveness.

The ground-breaking visit has been made possible by contacts made by Industry Forum director Arthur David, who formerly worked for Nissan and General Motors, and Industry Forum executive co-ordinator Koji Wanaka, who was a senior official at Honda.

The visit will include detailed briefings by senior management at Nissan, Honda and Toyota and their major suppliers, as well as non-automotive companies.

Delegates will also attend detailed lectures from world-renowned Japanese experts on quality and total productive maintenance, as well as a presentation and reception at the British Embassy in Tokyo. Delegates on last year’s visit said it was a real eye-opener. Chris Taylor, lean change manager at Siemens, said: “This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see world-class production really taking place.”

Peter Jones, specialist manufacturing adviser at the West Midlands Manufacturing Advisory Service, said: “Seeing and touching has put all the theory into real perspective and is the greatest motivational experience possible.”

The cost of the programme is £7,800 plus VAT which includes accommodation at a Tokyo hotel, flights, internal transport, all visits, interpreters and support from Industry Forum staff.

Mr David said previous visits had a “life-changing effect” on some delegates.

“The Japanese never stay still in business and all of the latest thinking in terms of lean manufacturing, quality, waste elimination, cost, efficiency and delivery originates in Japan,” he said. “There’s no better way than learning first hand from the best in the world.

“It is often claimed in the UK and western Europe that we can’t compete with Far Eastern countries because our labour costs are high.

“But Japan has some of the highest labour costs in the world and still leads the way in manufacturing efficiency.

“Japanese industry has spent decades refining their approach to manufacturing process control and people productivity and has deservedly gained worldwide recognition.

“This programme allows delegates to experience first hand what Japanese companies are doing and how they are maintaining their international reputation. In the past the Japanese have been protective of their secrets so opportunities like this are very rare indeed.”

The Industry Forum – based at Birmingham Business Park – was set up in 1996 by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders to improve competitiveness in the UK-based vehicle and components industry. Its practical programmes have led to major improvements by automotive suppliers across the UK and are being used in other industry sectors including aerospace, food processing and the construction equipment industry.

For further details of the Japanese visit call Arthur David at the SMMT Industry Forum on 0121 717 6613.

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