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RS Components enables embedded safety in equipment development with the launch of DesignSpark Safety

RS Components enables embedded safety in equipment development with the launch of DesignSpark Safety

Product News Thursday, November 02, 2017: RS Components SA

 

RS Components enables embedded safety in equipment development with the launch of DesignSpark Safety

Joining the expanding DesignSpark portfolio of engineering tools, new freely available software delivers risk assessment for machine builders and maintainers

 

Johannesburg, South Africa, 1 November, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, supported by Schmersal and 3M, global leaders in safety products for industry, has launched DesignSpark Safety, the latest tool in the fast-expanding DesignSpark portfolio of free-for-download software for product designers and engineers. Available globally, and accessible via the DesignSpark.com community website, DesignSpark Safety is a new and intuitive risk-assessment tool that enables companies to embed safety into their end-to-end product design process for the development of machinery.

 

DesignSpark Safety is an embedded software solution that comes with associated support materials, and provides designers with a risk score for their planned product development. The tool can aid the provision of CE Mark documentation, as well as helping in the reduction of potential hazards and ensuring compliance with the global ISO 12100 safety-standard, which specifies basic terminology, principles and a methodology for achieving safety in the design of machinery. Therefore, key target users expected to find significant value in the tool are industrial machinery designers and integrators, along with industrial engineers tasked with improving safety standards on existing machinery.

 

Failing to comply with relevant safety standards and producing unsafe machines can create the risk of injury or even death. The new tool enables companies and designers of machinery to meet all the relevant regulations, standards and directives, and minimise the risk of injury to those employed in industries such as manufacturing and processing, among many others.

 

DesignSpark Safety can also mean significantly reduced costs for users by removing the need for potentially costly external consultants to carry out detailed risk assessments. Although spreadsheet templates are commonly used in the industry as a more affordable alternative to consultants, they do not always provide an appropriate level of detail and do not provide the relevant documentation upon completion.

 

“DesignSpark Safety is the first powerful and free risk-assessment tool to be made available in the industry,” said Mike Bray, Vice President of DesignSpark at RS. “In addition to expanding the DesignSpark portfolio, the software delivers exceptionally easy access to a professional solution for all engineers by removing the barriers of cost and complexity. Embedding safety into their product development enables the streamlining of designs and the avoidance of costly retrofit solutions.”

 

While the initial global release of DesignSpark Safety is in English, additional language versions including French, German, Japanese and Simplified Chinese are planned for launch this November 2017.

 

Available now, DesignSpark Safety is free to access and available to all members of the RS DesignSpark community at www.designspark.com, along with articles, tools and many other product design and development resources. These include the other free professional software tools in the DesignSpark portfolio comprising software to manage product obsolescence, as well as tools for PCB design, mechanical design and electrical design.

 

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About RS Components

 

RS Components is the market leader in the high service level distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical, tools and industrial products. Operating in 26 countries whilst serving a further 100 through third-party distributors, RS serves every sector of industry in the procurement of their products relating to maintenance, repair, operations, low volume production, research and development. 

 

With over 500 000 products across 2500 leading brands, the company is committed to ensuring that their 1,5 million customers have fast access to a broad, as well as deep range, of products and technologies, all under one roof.

 

RS’s customers, whether ordering single or multiple items, experience a quick, easy, secure, painless and cost effective process.  The RS catalogue, available at za.rs-online.com, offers full colour pictures with extensive clear product specifications.  Free access to thousands of datasheets ensures the correct product choice.  Order placement is easily facilitated through za.rs-online.com, the call centre, e-mail, fax and trade counter.  Locally held stock is delivered to customers within 24 hours, and products held internationally, within four to six working days.  

 

It is proven that departments traditionally spend 80% of their time sourcing products that account for only 20% of their total procurement spend. RS is focussed on reducing the customers “total cost of product ownership” by reducing the need to make multiple calls to various companies to source products, reducing supplier related administration and allowing for the amalgamation as well as consolidation of supplier bases.  Through this process, procurement efficiency is improved and time is freed up to concentrate on the more important business decisions. 

For more information, please visit the website at za.rs-online.com

 

 

Press Office:

                                                                       

Le-andra Olivier

PR and Communications Specialist

RS Components South Africa

Le-andra.Olivier@rs-components.com

+27 11 691 9345

 

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @rsonline_SA; @DesignSparkRS

Facebook: facebook.com/rssouthafrica/

RS Components on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/7099/

 

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