The cost of functional safety for food processing

In 2014 in the UK, a large food manufacturer had to pay a £800,000 fine after a serious industrial accident. An engineer was trapped by the machinery while examining a conveyor belt and suffered major injury and ongoing nerve damage. An investigation revealed that this dangerous accident could have been prevented if a guard was in place on the machine. Here, Jorgen Saxeryd, safety products and functional safety advisor to ABB's food and beverage program explains how safety procedures must be developed in food processing plants.

Automate 2017 - OptoForce Brings Sense of Touch to U.S. Robots

Automate Demos to Showcase Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensors that Automate Manufacturing Tasks, Reducing Production Costs and Returning Jobs to the United States

Automate 2017 - TM Robotics Partners with ASG to Sell Toshiba Machine Industrial Robots Worldwide

Company to launch relationship with TM Robotics from booth #1668 at this year's AUTOMATE Show

Automate 2017 - TQ Systems Debuts RoboDrive Advanced Robotic Solutions at Automate 2017

RoboDrive motors were designed by researchers at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for the International Space Station. TQ RoboDrive is ideally suited for robotics because the motors are extremely compact, are half the weight and half the power losses at the same torque as other commercially available motors, and feature strong dynamics and precision.

SCHUNK Opens Service and Technology Center in Houston, TX

Last Thursday, SCHUNK held its official grand opening event to launch their new Service and Technology center in Houston, Texas.

Automate 2017 - A3 Previews Automate 2017 Show and Conference

Industry Leaders Gather to Network, Showcase Solutions and Discuss the Future of Automation

Yale Robotic Lift Truck Honored by Plant Engineering for Innovation

Yale Materials Handling Corporation announces the Yale MPE080VG end rider with Driven by Balyo technology as a Plant Engineering Product of the Year finalist

Locus Robotics Named "Top Robotics Company to Watch" in 2017

Robotics Business Review Unveils Sixth Annual RBR50 List

Automate 2017 - Tompkins International Introduces Tompkins Robotics Featuring A New Unit And Parcel Sortation System

Tompkins Robotics is introducing a new unmatched unit and parcel sortation system using independently controlled robots to execute material handling needs within a warehouse.

Automate 2017 - Microscan to Demonstrate Industrial Robot Using MicroHAWK Smart Cameras at Automate 2017

Microscan experts will demonstrate the latest barcode and machine vision innovations and present a UR5 robotic arm using MicroHAWK - the world's smallest high-performance smart camera - at Automate 2017 April 3 - 6 in Chicago, IL.

Mission to Mars

Barrett and Draper Team To Harden the Ultraminiature Puck® Motor Controller for NASA JPL's Next-Generation Mars Rovers

'Living and working with robots': European Robotics Forum to focus on robotics markets and future of work

The 3-day programme features keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, and plenty of robots roaming the exhibit floor.

SHADOW ROBOT COMPANY SECURE FUNDING FOR SEMI-AUTONOMOUS TELEOPERATION PROJECT

The UK's longest running robotics company and partners win Innovate UK funding

Automate 2017: On Robot Brings innovative, CUSTOMIZABLE GRIPPERS to collaborative robot Arms in North America

RG2 grippers bring extensive new capabilities for flexibility, ease-of-use, and customization; Danish company appoints Gary Eliasson as general manager in North America to continue aggressive global sales growth

Added Flexibility for Dorner's 2200 SmartFlex® Conveyor Platform with New 85 mm Width Option

Dorner's flexible chain conveyor platform, SmartFlex®, is now available in an 85 mm width standard option.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

With the SLS, SOS, and STO functionalities, the SCHUNK EGN gripping system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13849 enables safe human/machine collaboration. If the production process is interrupted by an emergency shut-off, the SCHUNK EGN goes into either a safely limited speed mode or a safe stop mode depending on the activated protection zone. In contrast to other solutions available on the market, the SCHUNK safety gripping system is continuously powered even in the safe operating stop so that the gripped parts are reliably held even without mechanical maintenance of gripping force. As soon as the protection zone is released, the gripper immediately switches back to the regular operating mode without the system having to be restarted.