Arguably, one of the biggest factors in machine safety is the human element, which is why a machine safety culture is critical. Functionally, safety systems are designed to protect personnel, considering all modes of human interaction, including maintenance operations and cleaning operations.

There is a misconception that only large companies can afford to automate. In my opinion, small and midsize companies can’t afford not to. Automation isn’t one thing, and it does not have to encompass everything or be a big, disruptive project. It’s ok to start small and grow into automation.