SAFETY EXPERTISE + AUTOMATION KNOW-HOW = FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING

Customized solutions for flexible production

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Flexibility and productivity are major trends in the field of industrial automation. However, increasing one needn’t mean decreasing the other. There are already some initial approaches, such as flexible production cells and systems, which can help you strike the right balance. These pose new challenges for functional safety if a person interacts directly with the automated environment. To ensure that this does not lead to bottlenecks when implementing this “flexible manufacturing” solution, linking in automation and safety expertise is essential. Continue reading

High degree of Automation vs. flexible production workflows

FUNCTIONAL SAFETY IN HUMAN/ROBOT COLLABORATIONS

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One of the major issues associated with Industry 4.0 is making workflows flexible and that includes closer interaction between humans and machines. Part of this current move toward more integrated working is a need for humans and machines to work together safely, and in view of this, functional safety will take today’s production systems one step closer to more flexibility. Human/robot collaboration (HRC) looks at how this can be achieved. Continue reading

INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY THANKS TO SAFE DRIVE AND MOTION MONITORING

SAFE MOTION CONTROL: SAFE PROCESSES WITHOUT INTERRUPTIONS

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Nowadays, machine and plant operators are faced with a challenging task: creating flexible production workflows with a high Level of automation while at the same time ensuring that people, machines, and plants stay protected. As one of the technology and market leaders in industrial safety technology, SICK is a one-stop shop providing a comprehensive range of safety solutions. Its safe motion monitoring system, Safe Motion Control, includes innovative safety concepts that have been developed for safe Monitoring of drives and machine motions. This makes it possible to increase the availability and efficiency of machines while offering a high degree of safety. Continue reading

Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland)

Training at SICK: Functional Safety on machines

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Even at the development and design stage of a machine, it is important to consider how it will ensure safety – all too often, accidents are the result of a failure to carry out adequate risk assessments in advance. When implementing and commissioning a machine, residual risks can be avoided by installing additional safety technology. Ultimately, the safety of machinery depends on the safety system operating correctly as well as other risk-reducing measures. This is where functional safety comes in. SICK offers the Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) training, designed to provide developers, designers, and operating entities with training in the field of functional safety and help them learn about the ways in which machine safety can be guaranteed.   Continue reading

Safety in explosive environments

Safety light curtains with explosion-proof enclosure

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Properly safeguarding machines in explosive environments can be a difficult task. A simple spark can trigger an explosion – that’s why unprotected electrical devices, such as standard safety light curtains, are prohibited. Now, with the explosion-proof enclosure for safety light curtains, customers have more options and greater peace of mind. Continue reading