Industrial safety has evolved considerably since its beginnings in the early 20th century. The number of injuries occurring on an annual basis typically is used to measure workplace safety; over the past century, this metric has improved dramatically. Some of the progress is the result of regulations; but it is also due to advances in safety technology.
Take, for example, the safety light curtain. Light curtains are opto-electronic devices that safeguard personnel in the vicinity of moving machinery that have the potential to cause harm; they are typically used as an alternative to mechanical barriers and other forms of traditional machine guarding. By reducing the need for physical guards and barriers, light curtains can increase the maintainability of the equipment they are protecting. The operability and efficiency of machinery can also be improved by the use of light curtains; for example, they allow easier access for semi-automatic processes.
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Supply chain visibility is the Holy Grail for warehouses and distribution centers where the fast and efficient movement of goods is the solution to satisfying customer demand.
This is especially true for the 68% of companies which are not satisfied with material movement efficiency from source to destination. These companies are seeking new ways to get the right goods to the right place at the right time. They are finding that change, complexity, compliance, competition, and connectivity are leading to further confusion.
Instead of ignoring a forklift fleet and its associated costs, asking the right questions can lead to substantial savings.
This white paper outlines five ways to increase profits with automation. By implementing automated storage and retrieval equipment-such as horizontal carousels, vertical carousels and vertical lift modules, multiple areas of a manufacturing or distribution facility will benefit from savings in inventory accessibility, floor space, time, improved ergonomics and better accuracy.
Citing difficult winter weather, executives anticipate the release of pent-up demand.
First edition takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 9-12, 2014.