In the field of industrial automation, there are many different machine controls available to operators and engineers. These controls can be broadly classified as either safe or standard, with each type serving a specific purpose in the safe operation of machinery. In this article, we will explore the differences between safe and standard machine controls and the key considerations for choosing the right solution.
Safe Machine Controls: Ensuring Safety and Protection
Safe machine controls are devices that are designed to enhance the safety of machinery and protect workers from hazards. They are typically used in safety applications and are required to meet specific standards and requirements.
Examples of safe machine controls include emergency stop (E-Stop) buttons, safety reset buttons, and two-hand controls.
Standard Machine Controls: Enhancing Efficiency and Productivity
Standard machine controls are devices that are not specifically designed for safety, but rather to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the machinery. They are typically used in applications where safety is not the primary concern, or where the risks can be managed through other means.
Examples of standard machine controls include selection switches, key switches and other controls.
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