Safe human-machine collaboration

Mobile robot tests dishwashers in continuous operation

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Open the door, load the dirty dishes, add detergent, and restart the cycle: dishwashers have to complete hundreds of challenging test cycles before they can be relied upon to perform in day-to-day operation. To make things easier for the personnel carrying out these tests, a new mobile robot system was developed at the Fraunhofer IPA on behalf of Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH). The robot takes over all aspects of operating the machine. One of the focal points was user safety: the safety concept includes the use of laser scanners to protect the working area while allowing the robot’s hand to be inserted with the help of an enable switch. Continue reading

machine safety

Six steps to a safe machine: New edition of the Guide for Safe Machinery

Teaser-Maschinenleitfaden

The Guide for Safe Machinery from SICK is a practically orientated reference book for manufacturers, designers, system engineers and operating organizations responsible for machine safety. The new edition contains, among other topics, useful informations and support in the implementation of the new standard EN ISO 14119. This new standard contains specific requirements for selecting and using interlocking devices. Otto Görnemann, Manager Machine Safety & Regulations explains in SICKinsight what effect do the changes in this standard have for machine manufacturers. Continue reading

Configuration tool for Flexi Soft

Flexi Soft Designer: New tutorial videos available

Flexi Soft Designer Tutorial

The strength of the Flexi Soft Designer configuration tool is that it enables users to create easy and straightforward configurations for the Flexi Soft safety controller. Only three steps are needed (hardware configuration, logic creation and transfer and verify) to produce the configuration. The easy-to-follow user guide in the configuration tool provides information on the modules and elements, as well as a graphical wiring diagram for quick commissioning, plus full documentation. Continue reading