With Siemens recently becoming the first company to gain TÜV SÜD certification for the secure system integration of process automation and drive solutions in compliance with IEC 62443-2-4, it is worth remembering the importance of a "defence-in-depth" approach.
Along with the protection of staff and the environment, smart safety precepts can deliver multiple benefits to manufacturing companies.
In broad terms, integration enables increased speed and precision of production processes due to more finely tuned technology and control systems.
Today there is an increasing awareness that automation system performance has a major impact on industrial profitability.
Machinery safety design in high-speed corrugated cardboard production is particularly challenging because a machine can be more than 100 metres long and made up of complex, modular elements that must integrate many levels of safety protection.