Designing In Machine Guarding

08/31/2010


Which is bottom line friendly whether you’re a large company or small - machine guarding as a pre-thought or after-thought?

In reading Jeanine Katzel’s excellent feature article this month for Control Engineering titled “How To Integrate Safety,” I was reminded when I first met the Director, Safety Engineering Services for Johnson & Johnson. This was approximately ten years ago at his office in New Brunswick, NJ, when he introduced me to the J&J executive credo of “safety as a pre-thought.” In Jeanine’s article she draws the same correlation vs “safety as an after-thought” from the integration, engineering, and cost comparison perspectives. Clearly this points out to me the early vision of some companies like J&J.  Even ten years ago there were recognized advantages to designing in safety vs adding safety to a machine as an after-thought. And, this was before the year over year double digit growth of safety automation during the last seven to eight years.

Within the past ten years safety innovation has delivered safety automation products like safety PLC’s, safety drives, safe motion, safe CNC, safety bus communication, and safe wireless….to mention a few. This rapid innovation curve plus updates to safety regulations & standards when combined with company policy updates to design machine safety as a pre-thought vs an after-thought – can actually deliver! It has been my personal experience to actually witness projects deliver the kinds of results Jeanine details in her article. So, I guess in part, I’m actually supporting the theme of her article but I’m also addressing the innovation angle. I’ve actually participated in modifying and updating the safety standards, being driven by the innovation in technology, and personally seeing early adopters driving savings to the bottom line.

Yes, J&J was an early adopter of safety as a pre-thought and drove some improvements utilizing conventional safety field devices. However, the cost saving examples Jeanine describes can be far greater today in my opinion because of safety automation. Elimination of 640 wires being replaced with one five wire cable and eliminating dozens of field devices can deliver a host of cost savings. And, as an added benefit – your safety score card can also improve.

In my opinion whether you are a small, medium or large company, consider safety as a pre-thought for every project. Share your experiences when safety was a pre-thought in your design of machine safety solutions.     

Contact: www.jbtitus.com to improve your bottom line via machine safety.

Related articles:

How To Integrate Safety

Machine Safety…Who Is Responsible?

Machine safety pays off



No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Integrated mobility; Artificial intelligence; Predictive motion control; Sensors and control system inputs; Asset Management; Cybersecurity
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.

(copy 5)

click me