There is little debate that automated palletizing systems make most operations inherently safer by eliminating physically demanding, manual processes that require a lot of heavy lifting, but here is how MMCI goes further.
7 Steps to Safer Palletizing
MMCI Robotics builds systems with safety in mind - to meet or exceed ANSI and OSHA standards for worker safety.
Intuitively-designed HMIs allow operators to monitor and control every aspect of the system from a safe area outside the cell.
Designs typically feature emergency robot braking as well as audible and visual warning signs.
Easy to Operate
All systems are designed with a focus on ease of operation to ensure added safety.
Cells are often outfitted with 24-volt infeed conveyors that are safer for workers hands and fingers.
Systems typically feature safety-programmable controllers that reside in a single controller chassis.
Cells are not only outfitted with barriers, sensors and more, but they can be safely run from outside the cell.
Proper Installation & Training
Systems are built and tested prior to deployment, installation and onsite training.
Safeguarding and Training
An effective safety system protects operators, engineers, programmers, maintenance personnel, and others who could be exposed to hazards associated with a robot's operation. A combination of methods may be used to develop an effective safety system.
MMCI’s typical process includes a comprehensive risk assessment whereby we identify potential operational risks so we can build in robust preventative controls and components.
Taking preemptive steps by developing a comprehensive understanding of the potential hazards yields a safer design.
Barrier Guards - protective fencing and locks
Presence Sensing Devices - pressure sensitive floor mats and light curtains (similar to arrays of photocells)
Emergency Robot Braking
Audible and Visible Warning Systems
Safety training — including familiarity of safety and emergency procedures — can be provided to all employees expected to have contact with the robotic system. Beyond that, refresher training courses can be schedule to keep operators up-to-date with technological advancements as well as ANSI and OSHA standards.
A Case in Point
Frozen Food Palletizing
Like many meat and frozen food processors, MMCI's client, one of the largest raw food producers in North America, wanted to eliminate the amount of human exposure to the freezing temperatures of the palletizing area while increasing productivity. The solution needed to fit within a very limited space in the facility and be delivered and installed with minimal disruption to the operation.
What Does the Future Hold?
As leaders in the material handling robotics industry, MMCI is on the cutting-edge of all types of robotic solutions including the use of collaborative robots.
For many operations, robots that can work alongside human workers represent a huge opportunity for improving productivity and reducing space needs while still operating safely.
How Can We Help?
At any stage of your automation project, we can help.
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