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ISO Withdraws Machinery Risk Assessment Standards

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This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

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!

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Manufacturing Automation Round Table

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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 […]

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Emergency Stop Categories

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Emergency Stop on machine console
This entry is part 4 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

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 […]

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ESA Manufacturer’s Registration Deadline postponed

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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Ontario ESA Man­u­fac­tur­ers Registry

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

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Emergency Stop – What’s so confusing about that?

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Emergency Stop on machine console
This entry is part 1 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

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