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Design for robotic cell safety.
Industrial Engineering Department, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama :1-22
The six severity levels design (SSLD) for manufacturing cell safety when robots work with other machines. This design philosophy integrated guarding techniques with control actions, while considering both production needs and safety concerns, and interfaced machine functions with process requirements. Principles used included: design based on knowledge of the manufacturing process; safety measures for system failure, human error and device misuse; control actions should depend on risk severity; individual machines and interactions among machines should be considered in guarding; warning devices for personnel awareness; and the use of guarding devices to isolate hazard sources from personnel. The philosophy was implemented in an unmanned manufacturing cell which made a family of parts. The designed system had the advantage of providing maximum operator protection while causing minimum interruption in the flow of production. The need for additional work in the areas of sensor reliability, system integration, and training were discussed.
NIOSH-Grant; Control-technology; Safety-research; Accident-prevention; Robotics; Automation
Industrial Engineering Industraial Engineering Dept 207 Dunstan Hall Auburn University, AL 36849
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Industrial Engineering Department, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Auburn University at Auburn, Auburn, Alabama
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division