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Embedding Robots Into the Process
3/27/2013

A palletizing solution using ABB SafeMove programmable safety zones enables the robot to safely work continuously even when operators are working on a pallet changeover.
A palletizing solution using ABB SafeMove programmable safety zones enables the robot to safely work continuously even when operators are working on a pallet changeover.

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naperlou
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Safe software
naperlou   3/31/2013 9:52:57 PM
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Al, this is a good innovation.  Allowing robots and people to work more closely, without intervening machinery, will make both more efficient.  The key, of course, is the software.  I am sure developing and testing this software must be a tremendous task. 

notarboca
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notarboca   3/31/2013 11:01:27 PM
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Good article, Al.  I've worked in a few places where the loss of real estate due to fencing or safety tape was astounding. This technology solves the problem handily.

apresher
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Robots in the Process
apresher   4/1/2013 4:22:54 PM
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Naperlou, The software for programmable safety zones is a technology where a number of robot makers have already invested in the development, so the application code to use it is much more straightforward and easy to implement.

apresher
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Robots in the Process
apresher   4/1/2013 4:27:02 PM
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Notarboca, We've all seen those large areas in plants with fencing for the robots and sophisticated safety systems.  There is certainly a strong trend to integrating robots both into machines, and also using programmable zones as a way to reduce floor space requirements in plants.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   4/3/2013 7:05:06 PM
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Thanks for this article, Al. It answers several questions raised in my mind by Rethink Robotics' Baxter.

AutomatedSafetyDoors
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Space Saving Options
AutomatedSafetyDoors   4/10/2013 5:55:40 PM
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To capitalize even more on space savings, an interlocked automated barrier door could be applied using the same distance formula used for light curtains, however, a properly interlocked door can be placed closer to the process further enhancing space savings and safety.

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