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Rockwell Automation recognizes two Ontario companies as experts in machine safety


August 7, 2018
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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August 7, 2018 – Rockwell Automaton has added five new members to its Machine Safety System Integrator program, including two Ontario companies.

Created in 2014, the program helps industrial companies identify system integrators with current safety standards expertise and a proven track record in designing safety systems.

Congratulations to:

  • JAE Automation, a Rockwell Automation Recognized System Integrator located in Kemptville, Ont., which specializes in pulling all areas of a plant together to form a cohesive automated plant system, and;
  • McRae Integration, a Rockwell Automation Solution Partner located in Toronto, Ontario, which specializes in robotic automation, guarding and safety solutions, OEM process skid controls, brewing services and manufacturing execution systems (MES).

JAE Automation and McRae Integration join U.S. outfits Frakes Engineering, Huffman Engineering and R&L Engineering as Machine Safety System Integrators.

To be eligible for the Machine Safety System Integrator program, candidates must be current Solution Partners or Recognized System Integrators in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program with three to five years of machine safety experience. They must complete an intensive education and assessment process. Rockwell Automation also recognizes third-party certification from industry-accepted organizations, such as TÜV or exida.

After meeting these initial requirements, each candidate’s safety engineers complete training modules on topics such as global safety standards, risk assessment practices, and safeguarding mitigation and validation. Finally, each candidate must submit a machine safety project that is consistent with global standards.

“Our Machine Safety System Integrator program now includes 42 system integrators located around the world and specializing in a variety of machine types,” said Lee Lane, vice president, safety, sensing and connectivity at Rockwell Automation. “As the program continues to expand, industrial companies can more easily find system integrators in their area who know how to apply safety in a way that improves productivity and compliance.”