How to make the right safety and sensing decisions

June 7, 2016
Our expert panel guides you through step-by-step considerations when it comes to presence sensing and machine guarding.

Safety and presence sensing are key considerations in machine design. This six-person panel of safety and sensor veterans addresses some of the important points that must be addressed.

From deciding between a mechanical guard or a light curtain or laser presence sensor to determining the proper distance between a light curtain and pinch or danger areas, these individuals know their way around a safe machine, and they share their expertise in this assessment of what’s needed to reduce risk and boost production at the same time.

Meet the panel of experts

Zachary Stank is product marketing specialist—safety, I/O and networks, Phoenix Contact USA.

Lee Burk is training manager, Pilz USA.

Matthew M. Miller is machine safety specialist, FS engineer, ABB Jokab Safety


Roberta Nelson Shea is global marketing manager, safety components, Rockwell Automation.


Lauren Backhaus is product specialist—components, safety switches and relays, Omron Automation and Safety.


Chris Gerges is CEO, Safe-T-Sense.


Devin Murray is functional safety engineer, Schmersal USA.

Homepage image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

About the Author

Mike Bacidore | Editor in Chief

Mike Bacidore is chief editor of Control Design and has been an integral part of the Endeavor Business Media editorial team since 2007. Previously, he was editorial director at Hughes Communications and a portfolio manager of the human resources and labor law areas at Wolters Kluwer. Bacidore holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is an award-winning columnist, earning multiple regional and national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He may be reached at [email protected] 

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