Switching into Safety Engineering - #5 Emerging Safety Technologies, Next-Generation Challenges, Ensuring Safety in COBOTs and Industrial Robots
Switching into Safety Engineering - #5
Emerging Safety Technologies, Next-Generation Challenges, Ensuring Safety in COBOTs and Industrial Robots
In this fifth webinar in the series, we look to the present and the future, covering some of the latest developments in industrial safety engineering.
Only a few years ago, safety systems were very simple: a safety interlock switch of some form, sometimes with guard locking, which would trigger a safety relay which in turn would de-energise the power to the main machine actuators. Open a guard door and everything would drop out. But switches and e-stops were wired in series on the same monitoring device, so faults were difficult to identify.
A few years on and things have markedly changed. We have more human/machine interaction, mode selection, the concept of safe speed, defect avoidance, Industry 4.0, and a pressing need for high OEE.
Safety relays are disappearing and being replaced by integrated technology. Behind the scenes, there are safety controllers, safety fieldbus systems, diagnostics on the HMI. All this is happening behind the scenes.
Here, we are going to dive into some of the technology being deployed to keep up with these new demands in a modern production plant.
Just as importantly, we are going to look at how modern machines and equipment are now interacting directly with the operators, including COBOTS, and the safety considerations you need to make.
Our guest panelist Oliver Selby from Fanuc will discuss areas where COBOTS are perfect and work really well and maybe identify areas where a more traditional robot would be better.
What are the safety issues when using COBOTs?
How is the cost and lack of labour driving automation and robotics?
David Dearden, UK & Ireland Country Manager, Euchner (UK) Ltd
Oliver Selby, Robotics Business Development Manager, Fanuc UK
Paul Simons, Safety Services Manager, Euchner (UK) Ltd
Andy Pye, Consultant Editor, DFA Media