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Safety on the plant floor: How leading manufacturers keep their employees safe on the job

Today’s safest manufacturers are those that make safety an integral part of what they do every day; those that engage employees in their safety goals, get leadership commitment, and manage and measure their risks regularly.

How to safeguard press brakes to prevent operator injuries

Press brakes are especially dangerous pieces of machinery that require operator caution, regular maintenance, and protective safeguards. Used extensively in the forming of sheet metal and plate materials, press brakes are a frequent cause of amputations and crushing injuries.

Future-proofing safety amid a changing workforce

The inability to retain or fill positions could have significant productivity consequences that could create greater worker safety challenges for manufacturers. Why? Because workers who are under pressure to boost productivity can feel compelled to take shortcuts to meet their targets.

Six easy ways to ensure conveyor safety

Don’t let emergency stop buttons and pull cords lull you into a false sense of security. They’re the conveyor equivalent of the engine oil light on your car’s dashboard: If the light goes on — or you’re reaching for the emergency stop button — it may be too late.
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Five steps for developing a cohesive safety and security strategy

In order to help protect your operation, it is important to create a comprehensive safety and security plan before an incident occurs, not after. A proactive security strategy can help to protect your company from losses and ensure your brand’s reputation is not damaged. When building a plan, the first step is to identify the major threats to your company. » Read full article

Connecting risk and reliability

One of the big challenges that control systems designers and safety engineers face is the relationship between machinery risk and control system reliability. Machinery safety standards began introducing the idea of control reliability, more often called functional safety, back in the early 1990s. » Read more

Design your safety system for improved uptime

It’s a belief that has persisted for decades — safety and productivity are squarely at odds with each other in the manufacturing environment. Safety has traditionally been associated with compliance, while productivity has been associated with competitiveness — both with separate, sometimes competing, paths to meet their individual goals. » Read more

Change Leadership Conference

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Date: May 30, 2018
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Date: May 30-31, 2018
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Internet of Manufacturing Midwest

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Date: June 5-7, 2018
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ATX East Conference & Expo

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Date: June 12-14, 2018
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Date: June 19-22, 2018
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