More E-Stop Questions

An emergency stop button on an industrial control console is shown in the foreground, with the rest of the controls devices shown in soft focus behind it.

Here are some more questions I’ve been asked regarding emergency stop requirements. These ones came to me through the IEEE PSES EMC-PSTC Product Compliance Forum mailing list. Primary Sources There are three primary sources for the requirements for emergency stop devices: [1] Safety of machinery — Emergency stop — Principles for design, ISO 13850. International…

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Emergency Stop Pull-Cords

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 common emergency stop device is the pull-cord, and like the light-curtain in safeguarding devices, the pull-cord is probably the most misapplied emergency stop device. Local…

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ISO 13849-1 Analysis — The Complete Reference List

Post updated 2019-07-24. Ed. As promised in previous posts, here is the complete reference list for the series “How to do a 13849-1 analysis”! If you have any additional resources you think readers would find helpful, please add them in the comments.

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ISO 13849-1 Analysis — Part 6: CCF — Common Cause Failures

Post updated 2019-07-24. Ed. What is a “Common Cause Failure”? There are two similar-sounding terms that people often get confused: Common Cause Failure (CCF) and Common Mode Failure. While these two types of failures sound similar, they are different. A Common Cause Failure is a failure in a system where two or more portions of the…

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Testing Emergency Stop Systems

An emergency stop button on an industrial control console is shown in the foreground, with the rest of the controls devices shown in soft focus behind it.

Updated 2020-10-31. DN I’ve had a number of questions from readers regarding testing of emergency stop systems, and particularly with the frequency of testing. I addressed the types of tests that might be needed in another article covering Checking Emergency Stop Systems. This article will focus on the frequency of testing rather than the types…

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