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Safety

A pained expression can appear quickly on a plant engineer’s face when talking about new safety standards, such as new procedures for safeguarding a robotic cell, or introducing a new workflow procedure based on an internal best practice developed by the manufacturer. Outside standards and best practices can drive real improvement, but implementing them can...
Rockwell Automation Safety Automation Builder software
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Safety System Design Tool Released in 16 New Languages

Rockwell Automation’s free Safety Automation Builder software tool helps simplify multi-language safety projects by automatically translating design files.
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Siemens Industry: Failsafe Controller

Designed to increase flexibility, safety, efficiency and productivity at the plant floor level, the Simatic S7-1518F failsafe controller is available with a bit performance of 1 ns.
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Functional Safety Microcontroller

New MCUs from Texas Instruments are designed to help automation system developers more easily address IEC 61508 functional safety requirements in PLCs, drives and motors.
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Flexibility Within Limits: Global Standards, Best Practices Challenge U.S. Multinationals

From robotic safety standards to disparate best practices in the fast-growing oil and gas industry, U.S. multinationals and their machine-builder partners are having to analyze and adapt to changes.
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Safety Experts Espouse the Integrated Network

Though audience members at The Automation Conference expressed concern about integrating safety onto the main control network, panelists insisted that there were several benefits, including simplified
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Pilz: Safety Relay

The safety relay PNOZ c2 is for the safe monitoring of light beam devices of type 4 or sensors with OSSD outputs in accordance with EN 61496-1.
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Honeywell Automation, Safety Technology Selected for Central Asia-to-China Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Honeywell Process Solutions announced that its automation and safety technology has been selected for the third phase of a pipeline project supplying natural gas from Central Asia to China.
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Ford Uses Google Earth for Manufacturing Collaboration
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Ford Uses Google Earth for Manufacturing Collaboration

Using Google Earth technology, Siemens PLM creates the IntoSite cloud-based application for Ford to navigate global manufacturing sites and share best practice information.
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Incident Prediction and Avoidance Solutions

To help operators predict and avoid incidents in today’s high-pressure manufacturing environment, organizations must become more proactive.
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12 Practical Tips for Implementing Intrinsic Safety

North American companies are beginning to move toward intrinsically-safe systems, already well established in Europe, that use currents and voltages too low to spark an explosion in a hazardous enviro
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Many Factors Determine Choices in Intrinsic Safety Devices

These days, it’s not that difficult to pick out integrated safety devices because most follow standards and generally the same specifications.
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The Changing Landscape of Modern Safety

Today’s functional approach to industrial safety can yield significant benefits for machine builders and users, but commitment and knowledge are required to reap them.
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Safety: The Lifecycle Approach

Production safety is generally thought of as a series of steps necessary to ensure safe interaction with industrial equipment.
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Six Tips for Complying with Food Safety Requirements

Automation can improve compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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Automation as a Means of Compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act

With FDA food safety requirements and inspections on the rise in response to the Food Safety Modernization Act deployment, the first question for most people involved in the food industry is: Who do
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Intrinsic Safety: Thinking Outside the Explosion-Proof Box

Unlike explosion-proof schemes, which aim to contain explosions inside enclosures, intrinsic safety keeps them from ever happening at all.
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Choosing Your Intrinsic Safety Device

There are different but similar intrinsic safety (IS) standards around the world, so you should be aware of what you’re looking for in the way of an IS device.
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Sick: Loop Safety Controller Node

The Flexi Loop Safety Controller Node Cascades up to 32 Sensors onto One Loop.
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ACM Facility Safety: Safety System Software

SafeGuard Profiler provides LOPA and SIL verification/validation packages to help in design and evaluation of plant safety systems.
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United Electric Controls: Safety Transmitter

The One Series is the first SIL 2-certified transmitter designed solely for safety system applications.
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