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Lead Controls Engineer at Motion Controls Robotics Receives TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Certificate

Motion Controls Robotics, Inc.

Fremont, Ohio –  Lead Controls Engineer at Motion Controls Robotic, Inc (MCRI) becomes one of the 14,000 engineers worldwide to receive a certificate in Functional Safety from TÜV Rheinland. The TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Training Program began in 2004 as a worldwide training for Functional Safety where all information provided is approved by a neutral third party.

What is Functional Safety?
Functional Safety is for companies with engineers that work with electrical and/or electronic elements to assure the systems, in Motion Controls Robotics’ case - robotic systems, follow standards set forth by associations such as the Robotics Industry Association (RIA), ISO as well as the IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 safety standards for functional safety of machinery to reduce risk and achieve safe equipment use. 
This program requires the trainee to know how to define each process and develop methods for avoiding faults and applying safety products as well as verifying safety consistently throughout the project. 

How Does Functional Safety Apply to Robotic Integration?
All the standards that are covered in this certification are also a large part of the RIA R15.06 robot safety standard and various technical reports from RIA regarding safeguarding. The TÜV Rheinland certification comprises safety standards for items such as FANUC robot controllers, safety interlock switches, light curtains, and other items specific to robot cells. 

The TÜV Rheinland certification also covers everything from safety circuit design, risk assessments, safety verification and validation, calculations to determine performance levels and category ratings, and other processes specific to robot cell design and integration.

Receiving this Functional Training Certificate is a Value Add for Customers
Most companies that are looking to install robot systems in their facility value or even require the integrator to follow a functional safety management program for their projects. 

Lead Controls Engineer at MCRI explains, “I’m proud to work for a company that takes the safety of our equipment so serious. No one should ever be exposed to a dangerous hazard when operating a robot cell, and we work hard to ensure that with every system! “
MCRI knows that selecting an integrator for automating a current process is a tough decision, so through becoming certified FANUC integrators recognized by the Robotic Industry Association for robotic integration then adding the TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Certificate to maintain the best possible safety standards, companies can feel confident in Motion Controls Robotics’ abilities to properly and safely integrate their new robot cell.

About Motion Controls Robotics
Founded in 1995 and celebrating over 20 years of continuous growth, Motion Controls Robotics is a leading provider of automation solutions to manufacturing industries. The company provides full service robotic solutions from concept to installation and service/support that keep manufacturers competitive. Motion Controls Robotics creates solutions for Fortune 500 and small to medium-sized companies in the food & beverage, plastics, building & construction materials, converting, manufacturing and board & sheet goods industries. Motion Controls Robotics provides automation solutions to manufacturers for a variety of applications including material handling (case packing, palletizing and machine tending), and vision-guided systems.  Motion Controls Robotics is an exclusive Level 4 Certified Servicing Integrator for FANUC Robotics, and a SmartCart Automatic Guided Cart Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Daifuku Webb. 

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