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HMK sets up manufacturing safety business

06 April 2011

HMK, a large, independent UK-based supplier of drive automation products, has formed a separate business devoted to safety in the manufacturing and machinery sector. The new company, which will be known as HMK Safety Engineering, will be headed by Rob Sharrock (pictured), a well known figure on the automation safety scene. Mr Sharrock and his team are currently formulating a range of service and consultancy packages for customers ranging from SMEs up to large multinationals.

The aim of the new company is to work alongside customers, whether on the design of a new machine or production line; on assessing and maintaining the safety documentation for an existing operation or one undergoing modification. The HMK Safety team will manage the entire life safety cycle, including giving advice on the safety required for decommissioning.

HMK Safety will work with its customers to develop an integrated platform of safety, so that production is safe not only when operational, but during cleaning and maintenance too.  Even with older machines, it is possible to retrofit shared diagnostics and a safety circuit that will provide security throughout the machine’s life. 

“The calculations required by the EU Directives and their subsequent Standards are quite involved”, explains Mr Sharrock, “but we can help in the construction and maintenance of technical files, even through the upheaval of modification, giving peace of mind."  

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