Safe cooperation with robots

13 August 2018

Compliance with strict safety requirements is a basic prerequisite for the operation of robot systems in production environments today. The Schmersal Group can offer a wide range of coordinated safety components and safety systems for use in such applications allow robot workstations to be reliably and efficiently made safe, to protect people and to help increase plant productivity.

For example, the company can safety light curtains and light grids which provide access protection for robot workstations while taking up very little space. A safety field made up of infrared beams is sent by the transmitter and evaluated by the receiver. If an object or a person breaks the safety field, a stop signal is immediately triggered in order to stop the machine.

Safety switching mats allow monitoring of whole areas, not just access points. They provide step-back protection so if an operator steps into a hazard area, the machine cannot be started.

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