Omron in safety push

01 February 2007

Omron Corporation has enlisted the services of animated figure ‘AN SEN MAN’ to promote greater machine safety and reduce accidents.

The Japanese company is using the character to take engineers through its new safety guide and thereby make Omron’s knowledge freely available and easy to access.

AN SEN MAN is a bit of a linguist, speaking 12 European languages, and sports the Kanji characters AN and SEN, meaning safety, on his sleeve. He is hoped to help the reduction of industrial accidents involving machinery, still common place occurrences despite safeguards and standards.

Dr Alfred Neudörfer, machine safety expert at the University of Darmstadt in Germany, said: “Interactive tools, using animations and intuitive principles obviously support education and transparency in safety. Starting with the basics and taking a methodical approach to introduce applications and the usage of safety devices creates a good foundation for understanding what is a complex field and equips users to design safety solutions that measure up to the intended task.”

Omron says the special focus on machine safety is driven by the company’s desire to share its experience with customers and interested parties. It believes that safety is a growing concern among governments, trade unions, insurance companies and the general population.

Traditionally the area of safety has been complex and hard to digest, according to Omron and it hopes the ‘easy-to-digest’ guide will make the subject more transparent. In their daily work, engineers frequently struggle with applications and sometimes with the relevant international standards and regulations. Finding, reading, comparing and understanding all the information provided from different sources in printed and electronic form takes a lot of time that many engineers do not have.

Available on CD, AN SEN MAN, is claimed by Omron to offer a complete package for helping engineers with these problems and safeguarding many different types of machine.

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