Phoenix Contact has published a useful article on its website, Top five tips for making your machine or system safe, written by Mark Harries, the company's business development manager for I/O and networks.
In essence, the tips are:
- Risk assessment
- Which standard do I apply?
- How do I know I have achieved the required performance level?
- How can I be sure that I am using the best products for my application?
- I want to transmit safety signals wirelessly; surely this is not possible?
Each of these points is explained, and helpful advice provided. In addition, the article contains a number of links to other resources such as the Phoenix Contact interactive risk assessment guide app that can be run on iPads or iPhones, a page with detailed information about machine safety standards, the SISTEMA software tool for assessing machine designs to EN ISO 13849-1, and information about the Phoenix Contact SafetyBridge for wirelessly adding distributed safety I/O and integrating with standard non-safe PLCs of any make and with existing network cabling.
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