The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute will conduct its Midwest Hands-On Risk Assessment & Packsafe Training workshop on April 17-18, 2007 at ELAU Inc.’s technical center in Schaumburg, Illinois.
The training is intended for managers responsible for determining their companies’ risk assessment strategies, both packagers and packaging machinery suppliers. With the harmonization of European and U.S. safety regulations, risk assessment is a global requirement for compliance.
According to PMMI Technical Director Fred Hayes, the event will provide two days of hands-on training on how to do a risk assessment of a machine using the PackSafe® software that PMMI has developed.
Participants will learn how to use the risk assessment process to identify hazards, evaluate hazards, and evaluate and reduce risk associated with the hazard, with the focus on gaining a competitive edge.
ELAU is hosting the event as a supplier member of PMMI to offer a centrally located facility within 15-20 minutes of O’Hare International Airport. The company supplies purpose-built automation systems for packaging machinery, including safety option modules for its new line of Intelligent Servo Modules. ELAU’s parent company, Schneider Electric, also offers safety circuit devices that can be used in conjunction with ELAU’s servo-based automation systems.
Last year, ELAU engineers gave technical presentations at PMMI workshops on applying safety circuits as well as embedded robot design for packaging machinery. This workshop, however, is more geared to executive or engineering managers developing their compliance programs, rather than detailed technical implementations.
Attendees should bring a laptop and are encouraged to bring some of their own examples that need to be risk assessed. The goal is to have the attendee leave with a completed risk assessment.
In addition to working on individual risk assessments, seminar attendees will participate in the following sessions: