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While STO is great for ensuring motors don’t become energized, a newer function called safe stop is used to bring high-inertia loads to a more controlled stop. There are two options: safe stop 1 (SS1) and safe stop 2 (SS2). Both work in the same manner but differ once the motor is at a standstill.

With all the new safety-rated switches, PLCs, and other devices, is safe torque off (STO) something you could really use? Is it worth the investment? Right off, I’ll say, given the minimal cost involved with drive safe torque off, the investment is a no-brainer even if you don’t use it at first.

Often overlooked, emergency eyewash stations play an important role in the safety of workers. Damage to or loss of eyesight can not only be a devastating personal event, but it can also be costly for the employer. Permanent injury is all too common when it comes to the soft tissue of the human eye.

VLAN stands for Virtual Local Area Network. So, what does the “virtual” adjective mean? In a nutshell, VLANs allow a group of Ethernet devices (subnet) to be physically separated by many Ethernet switches but communicate as if they were all connected to the same physical Ethernet switch.

When it comes to operating and supporting automation equipment, employers are concerned about filling skill gaps and keeping up with changing technology. Let’s look at the costs and benefits of different types of training that you should consider when putting a training plan together.

Cold stress can be extremely hazardous, and proper precautions must be in place to keep workers safe. There are many ways to identify cold stress, and OSHA’s cold stress card is an excellent place to start. OSHA identifies three common types of stress and how to prevent them.

Cables connect VFDs to motors, playing a critical role in the safe, efficient operation of the system. In the past, manufacturers used their own judgment to classify their products as VFD cables. This all changed in 2018 when NFPA updated NFPA 79: Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery.

It’s time to consider how your organization will address the obsolescence risk. If you’re using the terms “upgrade” and “modernize” interchangeably, we should talk about the differences. Knowing what you need and when you need will help you meet your goals. Let’s look at the difference.

Recently, there was an RSLinx Enterprise rebrand to differentiate RSLinx Classic from RSLinx Enterprise. As an authorized Rockwell Automation distributor, we’re your go-to source for questions on RSLinx, FactoryTalk, and everything automation related. Let’s look at what RSLinx rebranding means.