Machine Safety

The Safety Automation Builder tool from Rockwell Automation is designed to help guide manufacturers through the safety system design process.
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.
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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.
On January 1, 2012, machinery OEMs must prove conformity with EN ISO 13849-1:2008.
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