Machine > Control systems

Robotics and safety

22 June, 2007 by Paul Stathis

In the workplace, safety can't be traded off for commercial benefits, even though safety facilities can have commercially detrimental implications

Pilz Safety controller

25 January, 2007

The Pilz PNOZmulti modular safety controller offers a good level of diagnostics via the front-panel LEDs and the facility for connecting a laptop PC via a serial port.

Safeguarding a 119-path 'pigging' system

13 October, 2006

A silicone pig sweeps through the lines at Wolf Blass, entering a 'key station' where winery staff must choose one of 119 paths with the precision of an air traffic controller

Safety via ethernet

18 September, 2006

Expansion modules for data transfer via ethernet are now available for the multifunctional safety system, PNOZmulti, which manages both standard control functions and safety functions.

Safety control system for new straightening facility

15 September, 2006

When Smorgon Steel's angle and channel plant in Laverton North, Melbourne, decided to bring the final straightening process in house instead of at a soon-to-close external facility, the steel manufacturing giant was faced with a mammoth challenge

Australian HQ for Beckhoff

13 September, 2006

Beckhoff Automation has opened an Australian headquarters in Melbourne to bring its international presence to more than 60 companies worldwide.

The standard is set for machine safety

25 July, 2006

The new standard for the safety of machinery has finally been published.

A safety system that will not negatively effect production

14 June, 2006

A common complaint of today's machinery safeguarding requirements is their potential impact on production

Biometric access device

15 March, 2006

Fujitsu has launched its contactless palm vein device for biometric authentication security, PalmSecure.


13 February, 2006

SMC Pneumatics claims to have solved static elimination applications with the introduction of the IZS30 series ioniser.

Remote monitoring alarm

18 January, 2006

The Spider is a remote monitoring, control and alarm system.

Monitored pneumatic safety valves

18 January, 2006

Directional control valves for pneumatic safety applications in five port two position sliding spool type with static seals, mounted on a safety manifold configured for three port two position operation. Each valve incorporates a two-pole positive driven plunger type switch with positive opening contact. The two models offered have certification to meet Australian & European machinery safety standards.

Safety stops - a materials handling feature

07 January, 2006

When it comes to safety in manufacturing operations, the theory tends to be "better the devil you know". This can sometimes spawn over-engineered solutions, based on older, but proven technologies

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