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Lockout/Tagout Procedures: Do Additions Help?

July 19, 2019

When it comes to lockout/tagout procedures, is it helpful or unnecessary to add information to the document? The answer isn’t always simple.

5 Business Cases for Using AC Drives with Safety

May 17, 2019

Boost productivity, simplify systems and get better insights into your operations using AC drives that deliver advanced safety over Ethernet.

Industrial Security Takeaways from Hannover Messe

May 3, 2019

Three considerations that can help inform and strengthen your own industrial security strategy.

The Top 10 Most Popular Blogs in 2018

January 2, 2019

Our most popular blogs in 2018 were about artificial intelligence, blockchain, industrial security and safety.

Learning From TÜV-Certified Machine Safety Experts

May 28, 2018

TÜV Rheinland-certified machinery functional safety experts earn one of the most rigorous accreditations for industrial safety professionals. Hear tips from recently certified pros.

Collaborative Applications: What You Need to Know

April 2, 2018

The way people and machinery interact in automotive plants is fundamentally changing. Collaborative technology makes functional safety more critical than ever.

Ten Worker Safety and Productivity Tips for 2018

January 10, 2018

As we begin the new year, we’ve compiled a list of ten tips to help you improve safety and productivity.

Design Your Safety System for Improved Uptime

December 6, 2017

Improving your lockout procedures by just one minute can save you $2.8 million annually. Find out how.

The Safe, Connected Enterprise

November 27, 2017

The Connected Enterprise helps manufacturers monitor and improve safety while boosting plant productivity.

Is Your Safety System’s Lifecycle Healthy?

October 25, 2017

Understanding and implementing a safety architecture, performance levels, integrity levels and reaction time calculations can improve the health of your safety system.

Better Safe (and Secure) Than Sorry

October 18, 2017

The Connected Enterprise helps manufacturers minimize the potential for employee safety and business security problems while improving productivity.

Where Man Meets Machine, Potential Risk Follows

August 18, 2017

Know what to do (and what not to) when it comes to documenting product design changes, and understand the safety hierarchy so you can limit your company’s risk profile.

What Industry Can Learn from Theme Parks

August 15, 2017

The challenges of providing amusement park thrills while keeping guests safe pushes the edge of technology. Lessons here are applied across industries improving uptime, security and safety.

Safety and Security in a Connected Enterprise

August 2, 2017

Safety and security have traditionally been viewed as separate entities, but in industrial production, your safety and security programs are inextricably linked.

OEMs Can Use Machine Safety as a Differentiator

July 7, 2017

OEMs can use best-in-class safety to set their machines apart from the competition, streamline their business and achieve near-universal compliance.

Use Data to Strengthen Industrial Safety

April 19, 2017

In a Connected Enterprise, safety professionals can automate the collection and reporting of safety data to better understand risks and enhance industrial safety.

Does Safety Stifle Innovation?

March 10, 2017

Safety is a multi-disciplined activity involving culture, compliance and capital. Collaboration is critical to innovation.

Connecting Safety to the Bottom Line

October 3, 2016

Industrial applications are seeing a convergence of safety and productivity at a practical and strategic level. A major enabler of this is the amount of data available.

A Shifting View of Safety Culture

October 3, 2016

Attendees of the Safety Leadership Conference learned how contemporary safety technology and mindsets can help drive productivity, not hinder it.

A New Approach to Safety

September 26, 2016

Placing safety automation controls and hardware closer to an application or on a machine rather than in a remote cabinet has a number of design benefits.

Embracing the Future of Collaborative Robots

August 1, 2016

Collaborative robot technology is evolving at a rapid pace, but this raises questions about worker safety and compliance implications.

Safety for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

August 1, 2016

Food and beverage manufacturers can take key steps to help create and maintain effective safety programs. These steps include taking a holistic safety approach.

Stabilize Your Operations for Future Production

August 1, 2016

Focus on reliable equipment, providing a safe workplace and environmental compliance.

Improving Safety Design Productivity

July 25, 2016

OEMs and end users involved in the machine building process have access to technologies and design tools to help them increase the speed, accuracy and efficiency of safety system design.

Maximize the Space in Your Cabinet and Reduce Cost

June 27, 2016

The Enterprise crew never worried about the limits of space - but when it comes to your control system, you don't have the luxury of unlimited space.

IEC/ISO 17305 Safety Standard Cancelled

June 20, 2016

While the merger of the ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 safety standards may have been put on hold, machine designers should be prepared for changes to come.

How Workforce Changes Impact Safety & Productivity

May 23, 2016

Adjust to a changing workforce by rethinking machinery design in ways that address the unique safety risks of a more diverse workforce and help improve productivity.

Food and Beverage Packaging Machine Safety

April 11, 2016

New technologies offer important machine safety solutions, yet the packaging line still has numerous areas where manufacturers must consider the setup of a plant.

Editor's Notebook: Automation Fair Report

December 3, 2015

Hot topics at Automation Fair 2015? Safety. Manufacturing Execution Systems. And turning data into wisdom, a focal point of The Connected Enterprise.

Safely Assessing My 'Midlife Crisis'

November 30, 2015

Whatever the risk assessment needs, it is important that they can get the best services from the most experienced service providers possible.

Compliance and Beyond as IEC/ISO 17305 Nears

October 5, 2015

New changes are coming to machinery safety standards. Are you ready?

The Unsung Heroes of Machine Safety

September 23, 2015

All good machine designers help save lives. The fact is that when the design of a machine gives it as much inherent safety as possible, the operators are safer.

Crucial Elements of Safety Maturity

August 11, 2015

Best-in-class manufacturers realize that a combination of employee behavior, processes and procedures, and technology help them achieve 5-7% higher OEE.

Must Devices Be Certified for Use in SIS?

July 20, 2015

The certification of devices in a safety instrumented system is meant to verify the performance by measuring the failure rate data. Still, failure rate data comes in many different forms.

Bicycles and Safety Controllers

July 13, 2015

Picking a bicycle is a bit like choosing the right safety solution. It's a lot about preparation. Thinking carefully about what you may need in future will help you make the right choice.

Five Steps to Improving Safety Maturity

July 1, 2015

Deploying an effective safety program that encompasses all of your plants, employees, machinery, standards and production goals is a substantial undertaking.

Safety First in a Changing World

September 17, 2014

Downtime costs money, safety events can cost much more. Is it time to review or upgrade your safety system?

New Safety Standards in 2016

September 1, 2014

Two key standards for electronic machine control (EN) ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 will be merged into one: ISO/IEC 17305.

Skills Gap Still a Major Industry Concern

August 21, 2014

Automated control platforms can unite various systems over a large geographic area, helping you address staff shortages and high staff turnover.

Safety Challenges of Processes and Machines

August 19, 2014

Safety in industrial processes and machinery has been always a critical to help ensure personal safety and compliance with standards and laws.

When Two Machine Safety Standards Become One

August 4, 2014

The coming together of two machinery safety standards, (EN) ISO 13849 and IEC 62061, has great potential to streamline and clarify previously grey areas.

(EN) ISO 14119 in a Nutshell

July 22, 2014

When considering new machine safety standards it is important to consider avoiding risk and lost production.

Machine Safety: Standards Encourage Evolution

May 20, 2014

By working together in standardization committees, solution providers and end users have established new rules for safety in machinery.

What Do You Look for in an Automation Partner?

January 21, 2014

Finding the right automation partner can make a huge difference in productivity, opportunity and potential for your business.

A Look At Recent Reshoring Trends

January 13, 2014

A look at a recent global trend towards reshoring and what new and established companies should consider when deciding where to manufacture.

A Day in the Life of a Chocolate Bar

September 11, 2013

When we buy a chocolate bar, taste is not the only important aspect. An eye-catching wrapper - delivered with innovative, exciting packaging technology - is vital.

TÜV Accreditation: What Does It Mean?

July 18, 2013

Looking at it from a professional perspective, I consider TÜV accreditation to be essential if you are going to try to teach or sell safety concepts to other people.