Machine Safety:
More Safety -- More Productivity

Date/Time: December 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Sponsored by: Bosch Rexroth

Speaker(s): Dennis Gignac, Product Development Leader, Barry-Wehmiller Papersystems, and Tim Loria, Principal Engineer, Certified Functional Safety Professional, Bosch Rexroth

Moderator: Thomas Wilk, Editor-In-Chief, Plant Services

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Machine safety is not a new concept, but evolutions in machine safety are increasingly unlocking untapped production benefits.

In this webinar, you will learn how modern safety technologies are fueling productivity in five key areas:

  1. Improved machine performance
  2. Easier troubleshooting
  3. Reduced scrap
  4. Floor spacing
  5. Increased operator safety

Industry experts from machine builder Barry-Wehmiller Papersystems and Bosch Rexroth will discuss:

  • How functional machine safety improves plant productivity
  • How to define the right safety specifications for your factory
  • How to implement a flexible safety system without redesigning your entire automation architecture

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Meet the Presenters


Dennis GignacDennis Gignac
Product Development Leader
Barry-Wehmiller Papersystems

Dennis Gignac has served as Product Development Leader for the Barry-Wehmiller Papersystems (BWP) Sheboygan and New Berlin, WI engineering groups since August 2018. In this role, product design responsibilities include web fed platen die cutting, folio sheeting and cut size packaging.

Gignac has held several roles as part of the BWP Zerand team including Director of Engineering and Electrical Engineering Manager. Before joining Zerand in 1993, he was a Senior Systems Application Engineer with Rockwell Automation, a Principal Engineer with the material handling company, Harnischfeger Engineers and an Electrical Controls Engineer with GM of Canada in their Oshawa Ontario stamping plant.

Dennis Gignac obtained a Bachelor of Engineering Sciences Degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Western Ontario in London Canada and is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Tim LoriaTim Loria
Certified Functional Safety Professional
Bosch Rexroth

In his current role as Principal Engineer & Product Manager, Tim is responsible for the development of Rexroth’s safety product line and the implementation of various safety applications across industries in North America. Over a 30-year career in automated machinery, Tim has held several positions at Bosch Rexroth including Principal Applications Engineer, Senior Applications Engineer, and Senior Service Engineer.

Tim received two degrees in Electronics and Technical Management from DeVry University. He also holds an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and obtained the worldwide acknowledged Functional Safety Engineer - Machinery certificate from TÜV Rheinland.

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