Streamlining machine inspections 

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While machinery inspections are an essential part of manufacturing, they can be complex and time-consuming to complete. MachineSafe is an all-in-one compliance platform that streamlines the entire inspection and reporting process. 

The manufacturing sector is an environment where safety is non-negotiable and precision is paramount. Rigorous inspections are essential, whether assessing existing equipment or evaluating new machinery. Yet, these inspections can be time-consuming and labour-intensive.

Recognising this industry-wide challenge, a seasoned safety professional, Jon Rowen, has developed MachineSafe. This one-stop digital platform streamlines inspections and fundamentally transforms how the manufacturing sector approaches and achieves equipment safety.

MachineSafe simplifies the process of conducting and managing inspections by offering ready-to-go modules including PUWER, risk assessment, new machinery assessment, CE/UKCA marking, and controls, pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

With an intuitive and user-friendly design, the platform offers a suite of features to boost efficiency and close the loop on compliance, traceability and accountability.

“Equipment non-compliances are often common within a factory or, in some cases, across the industry. By providing a comprehensive drop-down list of common issues and associated control measures, along with a comments box to add context and clarity, MachineSafe streamlines the process of identifying and managing compliance issues,” Jon explained.

“By integrating risk assessments directly into the inspection module for non-compliance items, we have created a truly optimised inspection process. Additionally, once recommended control measures are actioned, such as installing a fixed barrier or guard, reference photos can be quickly and easily attached to the original report as implemented control measures, further enhancing traceability and compliance.”

Tailored to meet the needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), machinery end-users and safety consultants, MachineSafe offers the flexibility of conducting compliance assessments on an iPad or Android tablet, ensuring the inspection experience is as hassle-free as possible.

Inspection reports seamlessly synchronise with the secure MachineSafe cloud portal, where they can be edited and expanded upon on a PC or laptop. Completed reports can be converted to a PDF format and shared with colleagues and customers.

 Ensuring machinery complies 

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) is a set of key regulations governing workspace safety in the UK. They are in place to ensure the proper use of work equipment through training and maintenance and to protect workers and others from harm.

PUWER regulations apply to a wide range of workplaces and equipment, including machinery, tools and appliances. Planning PUWER inspections can be daunting, especially if your historical records aren’t as thorough as they should be. This is where MachineSafe steps in.

“MachineSafe PUWER is our most in-demand entry-level module, designed to make PUWER inspections as straightforward as possible,” continued Jon. “In addition, we will set up your PUWER planning schedule, allowing you to see when PUWER inspections need to be carried out together with the status of each inspection and its risk score on your MachineSafe dashboard.”

MachineSafe provides PUWER training and a support package to complement the MachineSafe PUWER subscription. This training ensures users have the necessary skills to carry out inspections and get the most benefit from the platform.

As manufacturers gear up to invest in factory equipment, carrying out a thorough new machinery audit is a reliable method to safeguard against unexpected issues. MachineSafe can help ensure these compliance audits run smoothly with minimal surprises.

As a machinery safety consultant and former lead equipment planner for BMW Group, Jon understands the importance of factory acceptance tests.

“Performing a factory acceptance test is crucial. It serves as your final chance to identify and address any non-compliance issues before the equipment is shipped. Addressing such concerns after the equipment reaches the user’s factory can be significantly more costly and time-consuming.

“Our new machinery compliance audit module is designed to ensure the right items are checked during a factory acceptance test, greatly reducing the risk of receiving non-compliance equipment.”

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