In Part 1 of this article, I looked at the pressure-sensitive devices (safety edges) themselves. This part explores the design requirements that engineers and technologists need to consider when applying these devices. Continue reading “How to Apply a Safety Edge to a Machine Guard – Part 2: Design Considerations”
Safety Edges are often forgotten as safeguarding devices. Most machinery engineers and designers are familiar with interlocking devices and light curtains, but once we step away from the familiar, our understanding of how to apply safeguarding devices like a safety edge becomes a bit foggy. Continue reading “How to Apply a Safety Edge to a Machine Guard – Part 1: Pressure-sensitive devices”
During the Free Safety Talks that we did with Schmersal Canada and Franklin Empire, we had a “hot question” come up regarding Category 2 architecture and the testing interval requirement. In the short video below, Doug answers that question.
If you have more questions or felt something wasn’t clear in the video, leave us a comment and we will get back to you!
If you are having problems with developing your safety function, please get in touch with Doug directly.
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 “Safety Circuit Examples of Safety Components | Technical Guide | Australia | Omron IA”, Omron.com.au, 2018. [Online]. Available: http://www.omron.com.au/service_support/technical_guide/safety_component/safety_circuit_example.asp. [Accessed: 14- May- 2018].