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Peripherals: Safety

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

Robotic Safeguarding Devices Embody Higher Functionality At Lower Cost

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/18/2000

Safeguarding devices for robots essentially fall into five major categories-safety switches, optical devices such as light curtains or safety beams, safety mats, laser scanners, and lastly, bus-compatible systems, according to Roberta Nelson Shea, safety specialist with Honeywell International. While technology continues to make incremental advances,

Safety Light Curtains and Robotic Work Cells

by Russ Wood, Application Engineering Manager


If they are to provide adequate personnel and machine safeguarding, robotic work cells require traditional safety considerations, as well as additional safety light curtain adaptations. Robotics deliver flexible and tireless operation in many roles disagreeable or dangerous to humans.  But along with these benefits comes the responsibility of developing a safe

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