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I am trying to understand safe distances better as I am relatively new to shared workspace. I have an application that uses a safety camera and an area scanner. I also have a shared workspace between the robot and an operator. The operator will manually load parts into the shared workspace while the robot is working on other items. The safety camera is used to divide the shared workspace and the robot operating space and the area scanner is mounted below the shared workspace. What is considered the hazard(robot, pinch points, etc.) in this situation?

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Albert Keefer - Technical Sales Engineer
Chicago Electric
akeefer [at] chicagoelectric [dot] com
(630) 784-0800

Hello Devin: Would you mind contacting me directly, WE could discuss you application in a little more detail. What you have described sounds doable but the devil is in the details Please call or email a time for a meeting. FYI I am in Detroit next week if you needed me to stop in and take a look Al Keefer Senior Automations Sales Eng. 847 954 9365 AKeefer@chicagoelectric.com

Lee Burk - Manager, Training & Standards
Pilz Automation Safety L.P.
l [dot] burk [at] pilzusa.com
(734) 637-0581

Observation is the key to identifying hazards related to robot motion. - Impact with the robot, end effector, or workpiece - crushing between the robot and the workpiece or fixture - possible crushing if there is a gripper on the arm - don't forget electrical, thermal, and ergonomic hazards. Safe distances relate to stopping performance of the robot. If I interrupt the safety camera or area scanner detection zones, will the robot stop before I can reach the hazard? Hope this helps.

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