Archive For: Safety

Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits

Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits

Recent additions to the National Electrical Code (NEC) mandate surge protection for safety interlock circuits to protect operators and machinery. Brent Purdy PE is the Product Manager for Power & Circuit Protection products at AutomationDirect. Brent authored an article for the June 2019 issue of Automation.com titled Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits. Here’s ... Read More
 
Safety Controllers Simplify Systems

Safety Controllers Simplify Systems

Safety Controllers are often a better option than multiple safety relays, especially for more complex applications. Larry Reynolds, product engineer for sensor and safety products at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the February 2019 issue of IMPO titled Safety Controllers Simplify Systems. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Reynolds ... Read More
 
Compressed Air Can Be Lethal

Compressed Air Can Be Lethal

Compressed air can cause many hazards to workers’ eyes in manufacturing facilities, so review of applicable OSHA standards, common misuse and how to minimize hazards is always a good idea. Jim Krebs, technical marketing engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2019 edition of ISHN magazine titled Compressed air can be lethal. Here’s ... Read More
 
What does a NEMA Rating Mean?

What does a NEMA Rating Mean?

NEMA rating is one of those standards that is at times misunderstood or even ignored. However, it is an important specification that must be considered when buying a NEMA rated product to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment. For this post, let’s use enclosures as an example of a NEMA rated product. NEMA rated ... Read More
 
What are Pilot Devices?

What are Pilot Devices?

What are Pilot Devices? “Pilot devices” is an industry term given to products such as pushbuttons, indicating lights, selector switches and various types of switches and visual and/or audible signaling devices. All these devices are used for a system, control panel or as an integral part of most automated processes to provide control and condition ... Read More
 
Safety First! A Look at the Importance of Industrial Safety Devices

Safety First! A Look at the Importance of Industrial Safety Devices

There are safety related features in practically every device we use, industrial and non-industrial. Electrical devices and appliances have housings that protect consumers from electrical hazards. Motorized devices have housings intended to prevent any possible injury to users from dangerous moving parts and/or electrical components. Industrial facilities have many safety features including safety signs that ... Read More
 
Providing Circuit Protection for Safety

Providing Circuit Protection for Safety

Most engineers, technicians and factory workers have a story about industrial injuries—such as shock or burns—that occurred on the plant floor. While most incidents happen during construction, maintenance or testing, they can occur during normal operations as well. Most can be prevented by using best design practices, and by following safe operating procedures and regulations. ... Read More
 
Surge Protection: A Small Investment That Can Save You Thousands

Surge Protection: A Small Investment That Can Save You Thousands

What is Surge Protection? Surge protection is one of those terms we’ve heard throughout our lives. From cheap wall surge adapters, the very common outlet strip with surge protection, to higher priced outlet strips that promise to protect your valuable electronics from the evils of a power surge caused by lightning storms or voltage fluctuations. ... Read More
 
Even Though You Have Two Eyes…

Even Though You Have Two Eyes…

It’s a good idea to protect both. OSHA provides clear standards on the use of eye and other personal protective equipment, yet workers often choose to not to follow these rules. Certainly, there are places where protection must always be worn, so it’s best to offer workers comfortable and fashionable choices.
 
Safety Mats, Safety Edges and Safety Relays Added by AutomationDirect

Safety Mats, Safety Edges and Safety Relays Added by AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has teamed with ASO GmbH who, since 1984, has been a leader in providing innovative ASO Safety Solution products such as safety edges, mats and specialized safety relays. Safety mats and edges are used to protect people and machinery from harm. A full range of sizes and lengths of mats and edges are in ... Read More