An insight to key rules that apply when designing and building stairways and platforms in a production environment
Stairways are subject to a wide and complex range of safety rules. Unfortunately, not everyone can get access to these rules without having to pay for the privilege. Additionally, the documents themselves are often written in unintelligible jargon.
In fact, it can be very difficult to tell which requirements are relevant to which applications. Hence, we have stripped the rules down to the most important information and translated it into language that is easier to understand.
Guidelines for setting up electrostatic protected areas and selecting the right equipment
Electrostatic discharges (ESDs) are an often underestimated problem that affects virtually all branches of industry where electronic components are manufactured or processed.
Damage caused by undetected electrostatic discharges can often result in customer complaints and expensive warranty claims. In the long term, outages caused by ESDs can permanently damage customer trust in a brand.
A comprehensive ESD safety concept can offer reliable protection against the damage that can be caused by electrostatic discharges.
Protecting operators, plants and surrounding areas
Machine safety is about protecting the operator, the plant equipment and the surrounding environment from damage, injury and adverse effects. Operators must not be exposed to major hazards, even if they are acting negligently, for example if overtired while on a night shift.
Consequently, manufacturers have to prove that the device or equipment has been planned and built in compliance with the applicable standards and directives. One crucial and complex element in a conformity assessment is providing evidence of machine safety.
Automation promotes sustainable development in production
Production process automation can reduce the likelihood of accidents and safeguard product quality. Machines can also run day and night to precise specifications without the need for additional training or breaks, prevent accidents and take heavy-duty work away from staff.
However, to boost quality and output, automation needs to be carefully planned and explored in full. It is also important to identify the production steps where automation can bring the most added value and choose cost-effective technologies.
Showcasing a number of examples, this white paper sets out how easily adaptable state-of-the-art technology can be used to meet typical needs. When production steps change, converting highly specialised production equipment can be very expensive or even impossible. However, a modular automation system can quickly adapt to changes, ensuring sustainable development and making sure the investment continues to be effective for the long term.
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Using aluminium to drive China’s development
The past three decades have seen huge changes in China’s development, with records constantly being broken and growth rates firmly in double figures. A few years ago, China was the workshop of the world, but now its industry has grown in many high-tech, high-quality sectors. However, manufacturing high-quality products also brings new challenges that demand improved efficiency.
More extensive automation, more economical use of resources and more flexible production concepts all boost efficiency. Using more economical materials also helps meet these challenges. For example, in many applications, aluminium is more suitable as a profile material than steel. Because aluminium is lighter and more flexible, fewer personnel are needed in machining, no special tools are required and high-strength steel-like stability can be achieved using alloying techniques. Companies can therefore adapt quickly and economically to changing needs and improve efficiency in industrial processes. This white paper sets out all the possibilities.