HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Slideshow: Plant Safety Takes Center Stage in Factory Automation

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 4/4
TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Who will maintain these systems?
TJ McDermott   1/30/2012 10:42:43 AM
NO RATINGS
Oh, I agree, and understand the concept, naperlou.  The reality is a complicated computer network on top of regular electrical troubleshooting.  The self-diagnosis goes only so far, and then a human must begin tracing the circuits, which will include Ethernet problems on top of simple switch or relay failures.

The wages offered for such a skill set simply aren't enough to retain a good maintenance technician.

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Who will maintain these systems?
naperlou   1/30/2012 10:37:56 AM
NO RATINGS
TJ, I think the idea is to make these systems modular and self diagnosing.  Putting intelligence into the safety system components will help the maintenance team cope with more complex systems.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Who will maintain these systems?
TJ McDermott   1/30/2012 10:13:00 AM
NO RATINGS
In my experience, I've seen factory maintenance skills gradually decline, and with it the education/knowledge necessary to keep the factory running.  This is not a slam against the workers, but against management policies and wages offered.

The result of the lowest-cost is best policy is that the maintenance department no longer has the skills necessary to monitor and troubleshoot modern networked safety systems.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Worker safety a must
TJ McDermott   1/30/2012 10:08:34 AM
NO RATINGS
It sounds like a fancy way of saying light curtains, or laser area scanners.

Jennifer Campbell
User Rank
Gold
Re: Worker safety a must
Jennifer Campbell   1/30/2012 9:35:24 AM
NO RATINGS
Rob: I'd be very interested to read more about ExpertOperator, as well. How did you learn about it?

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Worker safety a must
Beth Stackpole   1/30/2012 6:25:32 AM
NO RATINGS
Rob: Thanks for spotlighting what appears to be a wide range of technologies promoting increased safety on the plant floor. One in particular that I'm curious about is the second slide on ExpertOperator. What exactly is a virtual safety wall that can surround equipment? Hadn't heard of that capability before.

<<  <  Page 4/4
Partner Zone
More Blogs
It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple's lineup this week.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
Design News Webinar Series
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Oct 20 - 24, How to Design & Build an Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 11:00 AM
Sponsored by Stratasys
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Gates Corporation
Next Class: 11/11-11/13 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service