Emergency stop devices are sometimes, incorrectly, used as part of a lockout procedure for machinery. Learn more about how to correctly used these devices as part of Hazardous Energy Control Procedures for industrial machinery.
ISO has withdrawn three long-standing basic machinery safety standards used internationally and in the EU and replaced them with a single combined document. If you design, build or integrate machinery for sale internationally or within the EU, this new standard needs to be on your BUY list!
See the highlights from the 28-Oct-10 Manufacturing Automation Round Table!
On September 21st, I participated in a round table discussion sponsored by Manufacturing Automation magazine. We covered a lot of ground in the discussions, touching on harmonization of machinery safety standards, application of OHS laws and the ability of manufacturers and employers to comply with requirements, and a lot more. We had some great people around the table for […]
I’ve noticed a lot of people looking for information on Emergency Stop categories recently; this article is aimed at those readers who want to understand this topic in more depth. First, a clarification: Emergency stop categories DO NOT EXIST, but stop categories do. A stop category is a description of a control function – what the control does – and […]
There are a number of myths that have grown up around emergency stops over the years. These myths can lead to injury or death, so it’s time for a little Myth Busting here on the MS101 blog!
Five things that most machine builders fail to do. With a Sixth Bonus failure!
If you’ve been following the discussions on the EMC/PSTC list server and elsewhere about the ESA Manufacturer’s registry in Ontario, you may not be aware that ESA has dropped the August 30 deadline for registration. It seems that the Ontario Government and ESA are reviewing the deadline following a cabinet shake-up at Queen’s Park. There is no word on when or if the deadline will be reinstated. Need to know
Do you make electrical products sold in Ontario, Canada? Are you aware of the need to register your company with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) in order to sell your products legally? If not, spend some time and catch up on the new ESA Manufacturer’s Registry!
I get a lot of calls and emails asking about emergency stops. This is one of those deceptively simple concepts that has managed to get very complicated over time. Not every machine needs or can benefit from an emergency stop. In some cases, it may lead to an unreasonable expectation of safety from the user, which can lead to injury if they don’t understand the hazards involved. Some product-specific standards