When working in an environment with heavy, complicated machinery, workers must take great care not to stumble into any hazardous situations. There are many different ways to make sure that your factory floor is safe for robots and people, and there are many different technologies out there that can help ensure the well-being of your employees. Here’s just one example of safety technology from RIA member Banner Engineering:
Flexible Safety Solution
By Mike Carlson
Due to the wide range of hazards present in any industrial plant, facility managers need safety solutions that are cost-effective and flexible. Safety light screens provide a flexible safeguarding solution with versatile mounting options, numerous cascading capabilities, and broad applications suitability.
Safety light screens (or curtains) are optoelectronic devices that can detect the presence of opaque objects, such as a hand, arm, or foot, upon entering the sensing field. The emitter/receiver pair is comprised of two basic components, an LED array, which emits infrared light beams, and a phototransistor array that detects the corresponding beams. The emitter modulates the light at a specified frequency and “code” that the phototransistors detect, allowing the internal logic to accept only that particular pulse of light and to ignore signals from external light sources. This precludes factory floor ambient light from affecting the performance of the safety light screen.
Read the rest of the article at InTech here. What are some of the procedures you use to keep safety a priority at your company?
The RIA offers several resources for maintaining safety in your work environment. Check out some of our classes and conferences based off the ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard or look into organizing in-house training at your own facility on the R15.06 Standard or on risk assessment.