Machine Safety
IO-Link provides connectivity at the device and sensor level and allows even the smallest field devices and smart sensors to communicate their diagnostic data for analysis to understand functional and system status. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
Machine Safety April 2, 2019

IIoT-ready technologies improve machine controls

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies have the potential to improve user benefits through diagnostics, prognostics and predictive maintenance.

By Steven Fales
A look at the changes in the IEEE 1584-2018 standard. Courtesy: SSOE Group
Machine Safety March 7, 2019

IEEE 1584 -2018 changes offer a robust upgrade

Comprehensive standard review impacts arc flash analysis.

By Ed McConnell, PE
Machine Safety December 17, 2018

ABB to realign around digital industries

Four divisions focus on robotics, electrification, industrial automation, and motion.

By Bob Vavra
CFE Media file photo.
Machine Safety December 12, 2018

Shifting safety to a profit center

Cost avoidance, better networks make better financial sense.

By Steve Elliott
Changes in the 2018 NFPA’s 70E Standard result in a clearer understanding of energized work and help reduce electrical incidents. Courtesy: Eaton
Machine Safety November 30, 2018

NFPA 70E standard changes to reduce electrical incidents

Changes to the NFPA 70E standard will provide a better way to define risk assessment for energized work and reduce potential electrical incidents for workers.

By Dave Durocher
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Machine Safety November 18, 2018

Four challenges for aerospace robots

The aerospace industry is a tough, exacting industry. Robot users and integrators face challenges such as increased human-robot collaboration and the constant demand for precision and efficiency.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Machine Safety November 5, 2018

How does the ‘Industrial Exemption’ impact automation businesses?

Legalities: For many automation companies, complying with the requirements for the professional licensing of engineers is not required for work in a factory thanks to the “industrial exemption.” State engineering licensing laws vary by state and can change; it is important to evaluate compliance annually.

By Julie Weller, Faegre Baker Daniels
Machine Safety October 31, 2018

Wireless alarms for facility showers are crucial to plant safety

Wireless alarms for facility showers can help workers provide quicker first aid to a worker if they have been injured in a remote area or late at night.

By Jeff Cater
Machine Safety September 20, 2018

A new-age approach to traditional manufacturing issues

The Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit (GAMS) event at IMTS 2018 highlighted the opportunities and pitfalls of the digital age with a focus on maintenance, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), robotics, and cybersecurity in an information-rich age.

By Chris Vavra
Machine Safety August 6, 2018

OSHA and energy control

Be especially careful with the minor servicing exception in the Lockout/Tagout standard from OSHA. Certain kinds of “minor” activities that occur during normal production operations may not be covered by LOTO (but are covered under other OSHA standard provisions) and other “minor” activities are covered by LOTO; do you know which?

By Greg Dale, Faegre Baker Daniels