Automation can improve compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
In the unfortunate event of a fall, a fall-arrest harness will protect the worker, but as his hardhat continues the descent, a fall-arrest harness won’t protect the work site or others on the ground.
The Safety Automation Builder tool from Rockwell Automation is designed to help guide manufacturers through the safety system design process.
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The SRM Safety Relay Module has been certified by exida for single use in Safety Instrumented Systems up to SIL 2.
A $27 million renovation to the Statue of Liberty includes a new emergency elevator designed using Siemens’ TIA portal. The safety retrofit process used for this new elevator design holds numerous lessons for manufacturers looking to upgrade their own machine safety systems.
Safety on the plant floor is its own justification. Increasingly, however, as automation technologies converge, new approaches to packaging machine safety are also helping facilitate the creation of more efficient—and more profitable—production systems.
The strict segregation of safety systems and process control is just plain wrong these days. Automation suppliers have developed strategies for integrating what until now have had to be totally separate worlds.
See why ConocoPhillips Alaska, Fori Automation, GOSS International and GT Advanced Technologies got the nod over hundreds of others.
The PACSystems VersaSafe machine safety solution has SIL3 safety capabilities.
Honeywell Process Systems ( has signed an agreement with Magnetrol International Inc., a supplier of level and flow measurement equipment, to enhance its existing terminal market product portfolio with Magnetrol’s expertise in safety and compliance.
The PSSR-2 safety interface controller offers integrity monitoring of any presence sensing safety switch, mat, edge and bumper product with an end of the line resistor at a CAT3 PLd SIL2.
The annual Manufacturing Forum sponsored by the ARC Advisory Group, perhaps the industry’s largest gathering of automation suppliers, was held from Feb. 6-9 in Orlando. Where ever more than 600 industry people are gathered, rumors abound. I spent much time finding facts among the rumors and learning much about the state of the industry.
The Emerson Global Users Exchange event descended on Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center the last week in October and brought record numbers with it, with attendee totals settling in at just under 2,900.
Belden Inc. has acquired Byres Security Inc. today. Belden is one of several companies that has been filling out its portfolio by making smaller, strategic acquisitions.
Despite increasing levels of automation, there is still considerable human-machine interaction in packaging, and modern safety equipment suppliers are striving to make that interaction both productive and safe. Case in point, the new Sprinter semi-automatic vacuum-packing machine from Komet, based in Plochingen, Germany.
Modern safety standards, along with trends in networking, are enabling the safety function to have a positive impact on operational efficiency while also safeguarding people and property.
Machine safety has progressed three centuries of technology in the last 15 years.
Status Display Touchscreen for G9SP programmable safety controllers displays safety I/O error codes and enables G9SP users to easily view the status of safety inputs and outputs without the cost of installing and wiring indicator lights. 
Rock-Tenn’s printing plant in Jacksonville, Fla. was experiencing gradually increasing unreliability of its automation systems. The systems produced too many false alarms, and there was no feedback as to where the problem was and no diagnostic tools.
According to a joint report from AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, industry is on track to produce orders equal to all of 2010 by the end of August 2011.
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