Robotics is a growing field as more and more companies are incorporating industrial automation into their production processes. Robots are used for replacing humans who were performing unsafe, hazardous, highly repetitive, and unpleasant tasks. They are utilized to accomplish many different types of application functions such as material handling, assembly, arc welding, resistance welding, machine tool load/unload functions, painting/spraying, etc.
Many robotic safeguarding projects identified in the Onsite Machine Survey require customized, engineered design solutions that integrate seamlessly into your company’s automation cells, plants and operations. Engineering reviews the customer-supplied electrical and hydraulic machine schematics, evaluates existing interfaces or controls for compliance, and identifies need for special interface or controls.From there, Rockford Systems delivers customized engineered and automated safety device interfaces or specialized machine controls manufactured to your exact size requirements and automated to reduce operator fatigue. In addition, detailed electrical and hydraulic schematics and Bills of Material (BOMs) are provided for compliance tracking and future parts ordering.
All robotic engineered design solutions meet or exceed all OSHA, ANSI, NFPA 79 and RIA standards for machine and operator safety. Robots in the workplace are generally associated with the machine tools or process equipment. Robots are machines, and as such, must be safeguarded in ways similar to those presented for any hazardous remotely controlled machine, falling under the general duty clause or OSHA 1910.212(a)(1) or 1910.212(a)(3)ii. Refer to https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/robotics/standards.html and OSHA’s compliance directive on robotics STD 01-12-002 at https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=DIRECTIVES&p_id=170 for more information.