Exposure to inadequately guarded machines can result in crippling injuries. Understanding the risks and ensuring your safety program meets machine guarding regulations can save lives.
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.
A type of safety switch, the primary function of a disconnect switch is to interrupt the power to an electrical circuit or circuits. Most of the current Rockwell Automation® visible-blade disconnect switches will be discontinued on May 31, 2019, including 1494V, 1494C, and 1494F.
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.