1. Introduction

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Machine safety is becoming more and more important, and becoming an integral element of machine construction. In addition to the moral obligation to protect and maintain the health of their workers, the topic of machine safety is also a question of financial sense for the operating company and machine operator. Each and every workplace accident results in costs – and the costs of costs. The examination and explanation of responsibility occupies many departments in the company, right up to executive level.

Our objective is to produce safety sensors and evaluation units that enable a cost-effective integration into various machine and system concepts, and that also provide effective people protection in accordance with international safety standards, without hampering production workflows in the process.

Throughout the various regions and countries of the world there are different concepts of machine safety and protection in the workplace. Along with differences with the requirements and evaluation of safety concepts, there are also differences with regard to responsibilities and legal consequences. The laws and bodies of rules and regulations of the country in which the machine is operated always apply, even if the machine was constructed in another country.

The following information is intended as a guiding overview of the topic of machine safety and does not detract from the in-depth study and compliance with the respectively applicable regional and machine-specific regulations and specifications, as well as the devices' operating instructions. It shall therefore not be possible to derive any form of legal claim from the following information.