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Peripherals: Safety

Make Existing Cells Leaner and Safer

by Tina Hull, Remote Application Engineer

POSTED: 03/14/2006

With numerous multi-robot cells in use, a company wanted to increase existing robotic cell efficiency, making their systems more 'lean,' but with no compromise in safety. The company would only proceed if the new setup improved overall production uptime, was cost justifiable, and reduced the number of steps for troubleshooting.  The

Interface Options for Robotic Safety Control Systems

by James F. O’Laughlin, North American Product Marketing Manager for Safety Interface Technology, Safety Systems Division

POSTED: 03/04/2006

With the increasing acceptance of safety-rated network architectures and firmware-based control systems, users have the opportunity to leverage numerous benefits previously reserved for non-safety applications.  These systems are typically third-party certified to meet the requirements defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Ministry of Labour regulations as

Reflections on Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 02/01/2006

As a new year begins I can look back on what robot and industrial safety activities took place in 2005.  Our October National Robot Safety Conference was very successful.  I want to thank all the participants, and especially the speakers who share their time and expertise with us.  On the

ANSI/RIA Remains Widely Accepted Standard for Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 10/17/2005

With fall upon us, the calendar schedule of safety-related activities has increased, signaling that it is time to get back to the business of safety.  Surveying the progress of activities to date, 2005 can be marked as a very productive year. The American National Standard for robot safety, ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999, continues

New Canadian Standard for Lockout Programs Debuts at Toronto Safety Conference

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 03/15/2005

Preparation for the next North American Robot Safety Conference, March 21-24, 2005 is complete. Continuing the pattern of the last couple conferences, we are excited to be part of the introduction of a new Canadian industrial safety standard. This time it is the new standard for lockout programs – CSA

Reflections on Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 11/01/2004

The National Robot Safety Conference has just concluded on a very successful note.  Attendance was strong (nearly 160, the most since 2001) as was the line-up of speakers.  It was a great four days devoted to safety.  I am now flying across the Pacific to Japan for our next series

Software and Firmware Based Safety Controllers

by Tina Hull, Application Engineer

POSTED: 10/15/2004

(as presented at the Robots 2004 Conference, June 9 and 10, 2004) Many manufacturing companies are looking for ways to implement safety while maintaining if not even increasing production.  They desire a more robust system that meets the needs of control reliability, but with the

Robot Safety and You: Examples of Real-Life Accidents We Can Learn From

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 08/02/2004

The Robotic Industries Association remains very involved in promoting robot safety, and for that matter, industrial safety in general.  Industrial safety in North America has seen continual improvement in recent years, but even one accident is one accident too many. I am frequently asked about robot accidents.  Robot accidents specifically are

The Culture of Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 03/15/2004

This past year I attended a conference where one of the speakers was asking the question ‘‘Do you have a Safety Culture?’‘  It was an interesting question that got me contemplating the significance of simply a safe work place versus a true environment or culture of safety. I thought about it

Simulators Focus on Simplicity, Safety

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/02/2004

This year the members of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) will spend time looking back on the association’s first 30 years. Discussions will be nostalgic, as the industry remembers the UNIMATE, the first industrial robot installed in a New Jersey automobile plant;

Robot Safety Begins with the Design Process

by Stacy Kelly, Safety Systems Product Manager

POSTED: 10/17/2003

To realize the many benefits that robots offer a production facility, safety considerations are THE top priority in protecting the operator, maintenance personnel and other personnel that interact with the robot.  These safeguards should be designed into and around the robotic cell early in the design process to maximize the

Recent Developments in Robot Safety Standards

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 10/17/2003

This has been a particularly exciting year for developments in robot safety standards.  However, most of these developments have taken place outside the United States, so for many of us they have gone relatively unnoticed.  Since I have been an active participant in these developments, I would like to take

Safety First: A Review of Robotic Safeguarding Devices and Issues

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/03/2003

Industrial robots use is increasing, and so the need to understand robot safety issues affects an ever-growing cross-section of industries, applications and personnel. For more than twenty years, Robotic Industries Association has been developing robot safety standards and is now in the fifteenth year for its annual National Robot Safety

Reflecting on Robot Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 09/25/2002

As the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) 'point man' for robot safety, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a number of robot users in plants throughout North America. In many cases, this has been as the instructor conducting the Robot

New Thinking in Machinery Safeguarding Strategy

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 02/18/2002

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 2nd International Conference on Safety of Industrial Automated Systems.  This was an excellent chance to learn of new developments and trends in the international market place.  Held in Bonn, Germany, this was the second in a series.  The next conference is

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