Machinery Safety 101

Understanding Safety Functions: the Safety-related stop function

A stop sign - A red octagon with a white border, and white block text reading STOP.
This entry is part of 3 in the series Under­stand­ing Safety Functions

The most used safety func­tion on machinery is the safety-related stop func­tion. The require­ments dis­cussed in this post are not gen­er­ally applic­able to pro­­cess-related stop func­tions unless the pro­cess and… 

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Manual reset using an HMI

A Siemens HMI displaying control functions and data.
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Under­stand­ing Safety Functions

Ques­tion: Can a safety-related stop func­tion, for example, be reset via a graph­ic­al object rep­res­ent­ing a reset but­ton on an HMI? The short answer: No, with an excep­tion. Read on if you’d like… 

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Can Emergency Stop be used as an “on/off” control?

Emergency Stop Button
This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

Every couple of months I get an email ask­ing me if there is any reas­on why e‑stop func­tions can­’t be used as the primary power con­trol (on/off but­ton) for machinery. Following… 

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Introduction to Functional Safety Seminars

Man training a group of people, pointing to Functional Safety topics on the whiteboard

If you are inter­ested in func­tion­al safety, and I know many read­ers are based on the stat­ist­ics I see for my oth­er func­tion­al safety-related posts, I think you will be inter­ested in this.… 

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Emergency Stop Pull-Cords

This entry is part 15 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

When it comes to emer­gency stop devices there is no doubt that the red mush­­room-head push but­ton is the most com­mon – they seem to be every­where. The second most… 

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