Technical Update

Machine Safety Includes Pneumatics

Both operator safety and machine safety are at the front of the line during design and development. A safe integrated design starts during the sales and concept phase and may be the first and last item during site acceptance testing.

While safe control of electrical power using the appropriate hardware or safety PLC gets all the attention, it’s equally important to take a look at some of the safety practices for the control of fluid power. It's good to dump all the air under an emergency-stop situation, but sometimes it's OK to maintain air pressure as, long as it doesn't cause a safety hazard.

Read and Learn More in the article by Dave Perkon, Technical Editor of Control Design