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

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 services with a global process standard

Verified Safety – Safe processes help to guarantee good quality

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How is the safety of machines and systems guaranteed? By using devices which are specially developed to provide protection against hazards in machines and systems. However, safety devices alone will not suffice: they also have to be used correctly. And not just when it comes to their configuration or programming. Safe operation is crucial at a much earlier stage: right at the start of the project. In order to guarantee safe and seamless processes, we need reliable sensors and systems. Even the quality assurance systems that accompany the development and implementation of safety concepts have to be reliable and transparent. Continue reading