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Safety, It’s Not Just Common Sense

Do you need to protect the machinery and personnel in your manufacturing facility? According to OSHA’s website, machinery and machine Guarding was the 9th most frequently cited standard violated during the fiscal year 2018. Not only can this result in a costly fine, but injuries and fatalities can also occur by ignoring this. These are uncomfortable statistics to discuss and hard to accept emotionally. Not only do the workers and families affected by workplace incidents have to deal with this pain it also will hurt your bottom line when morale is low and downtime is increased. We certainly don’t want to think about the legal costs associated with any of these incidents either.

The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented and citations for OSHA violations can be outright avoided by protecting your equipment properly. Learn more about this safety issue and more as you follow along with our #SummerSafety series.

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Safety Components on Guard |White Paper

Protecting operators from the safety hazards introduced by automated machines and robotic equipment demands an understanding of both the appropriate safety guarding level and the machine safety components needed to get the job done. As always, the designer must identify the safety risks, plan the best ways of addressing them, and ensure the proper application…
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Locking Safety Interlock Switches

Most of us are familiar with safety interlock switches that can disable a safety circuit and notify us if a guard has been removed, the gate is open or something has been tampered with. There are many options to chose from including tongue interlock switches, hinge safety interlock switches and non-contact safety switches. Many of…
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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…
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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…
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Bypass-Resistant Safety Devices Ensure Effective Machine Guarding

Machine safeguarding devices protect operators at points of access and operation. Here’s how they work. Jim Krebs, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the April 2019 issue of ISHN titled Bypass-resistant safety devices ensure effective machine guarding, where Jim describes the need for machine safeguarding, and how the various types work. The…
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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…
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Cable-Pull Safety Switches

Full coverage E-Stop protection around your machinery We all know the importance of having emergency stop devices near and around machinery. There are numerous regulations (ANIS, ISO, IEC) that define emergency stop device requirements. In short they all state that they are actuated by a “single human action”, should be used to de-energize equipment to…
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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…