MILWAUKEE, WI â€šÃ¢â‚¬â€ To help tire, metal and paper manufacturers better protect employees while maintaining productivity, Rockwell Automation has introduced the Allen-Bradley Wind-up and Let-off safety solution, a preconfigured safety control solution that helps meet global safety standards.
The need for safety in this area is well established. OSHA reports show three to five serious injuries monthly in the tire and rubber industry, and the Rubber Manufacturing Association (RMA) has deemed wind-ups and let-offs a target area for safety improvement. At nearly every stage throughout a tire manufacturing plant, rubber is being wound onto enormous spools (wind-ups) and then let off (let-offs) those spools for the next phase in the process. These wind-up and let-off operations are semiautomatic, and require operators to continuously monitor and interact with the rubber products.
Safety solutions of the past relied on the only option available to meet safety regulations: hardwired, stand-alone safety relays. In this system, detection of operator presence stops the machine. Today, manufacturers can take advantage of an innovative safety solution, which employs a flexible approach to operator interaction. This allows for multiple modes of operation, thus preventing operators from choosing between safety and productivity.
The core technology of the Wind-up and Let-off safety solution is the Allen-Bradley GuardLogix safety controller or the Allen-Bradley SmartGuard 600 compact programmable safety controller, which allows for a wide variety of open connectivity options. Customers can choose to utilize this solution as a stand-alone mode or integrate it with their existing system architecture.
The Wind-up and Let-off safety solution comes preconfigured with standardized software that can be rapidly deployed. The software supports plug-in device connections, including e-stop and trip devices, presence-sensing devices, gate interlocks, two-hand controls and drives with integrated safety functionality. It can be used for a single zone or across multiple zones.
This unique framework provides a holistic safety architecture based on plug-in modules that are fully assembled, tested and ready to run for a scalable solution. With improved maintainability and a minimal overall footprint, field wiring is also reduced for easier deployment.
Because the Wind-up and Let-off safety solution is modular and scalable, it is designed to help meet usersâ€šÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ needs today and in the future. The flexible design helps machine builders and manufacturers rapidly deploy a solution on an existing line with minimal cost and engineering time. Standard hardware and software documentation designed for the solution make its start-up and maintenance activities easier. The modularity affords simplified configuration and seamless linking throughout the plant or to existing controls.
The Wind-up and Let-off safety solution is available for delivery. A trained staff of global consulting engineers from Rockwell Automation can help design and configure the system, as well as assist manufacturers and machine builders to conduct audits to verify and document compliance for a variety of safety standards.
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