Archive For: Safety

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 monitoring of all types ... 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
 
Emergency Stop Control Stations: One Push Can Save Your Life

Emergency Stop Control Stations: One Push Can Save Your Life

Let’s take a minute to think about how far we have advanced with innovation and technology. It is truly amazing when you look at the devices and products we develop these days. From a simple small piece of wood with a spring-loaded thin u-shaped metal rod and an extremely simple trigger mechanism designed to reduce ... Read More
 
Interlock Safety Switches | Compact Tongue Switches | AutomationDirect

Interlock Safety Switches | Compact Tongue Switches | AutomationDirect

Locking tongue operated safety interlock switches provide a tamper-resistant actuator mechanism for sliding or lift-off machine guards, as well as a method for locking the guards in place. They also provide robust position interlock detection and locking for moving guards. Safety switches offer positively operated switching contacts for maximum reliability.
 
RFID Coded Non-contact Safety Switches

RFID Coded Non-contact Safety Switches

AutomationDirect has extended their offering of safety products to include the LPF and SPF-series RFID non-contact RFID coded safety switches. These non-contact safety switches use RFID communication between switch and actuator to provide the most tamper-proof protection using both master and unique coded actuators. When used in combination with a dual-channel safety relay, RFID-coded non-contact ... Read More
 
Lockout/Tagout and Machinery Guarding

Lockout/Tagout and Machinery Guarding

In today’s automated world, advances in machine complexity, speed and efficiency can result in hazardous risks to operators and equipment. Knowing that faster and more complicated systems are commonplace, it is critical to ensure that today’s machines provide the necessary safety features to protect human lives and equipment. In the U.S. and other parts of the world, ... Read More