Machinery Safety 101

Understanding Safety Functions: the start/restart function

Car engine start/stop button

After the safety-related stopping and the reset functions, the start/restart function is the next most common. Without a start/restart function, there is no way to make the machine do what it’s supposed to do. If you’re designing a machine control system, you need to understand this function.

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Q & A: Category 2 and Testing Intervals

Logical block diagram for ISO 13849-1 Category 2 architecture.

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. The definition of Category 2 in 6.2.5 does not include any mention of a minimum testing rate, but 4.5.4 “Simplified procedure for estimating the quantifiable…

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Five reasons you should attend our Free Safety Talks

Banner for the Free Safety Talks

Reason #1 – Free Safety Talks You can’t argue with Free Stuff! Last week we partnered with Schmersal Canada and Franklin Empire to put on three days of Free Safety Talks. We had full houses in all three locations, Windsor, London and Cambridge, with nearly 60 people participating. We had two great presenters who helped…

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Safe Drive Control including Safe Torque Off (STO)

Graph illustrating STO Function

Ed. Note: This article was revised 25-Jul-17 to include information on safe standstill. Safe Drive Control including STO Motor drives are everywhere. From DC variable speed drives and indexing drives, through AC Variable Frequency drives, servo drives and stepper motor drives, the capabilities and the flexibility of these electronic systems has given machine designers unprecedented…

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How to do a 13849-1 analysis: 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. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2017-2020Acknowledgements: As cited.Some Rights ReservedOriginal content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:Non-commercial,…