Machine Safety: Year over year safety automation growth outpaces general automation

Safety automation growth is outpacing growth in general automation. See these seven reasons and add your thoughts using the comment feature.

02/06/2014


Why is safety automation growth outpacing its parent – general automation? I see seven key explanations. I’ve been involved since safety automation came to market in 2002 so have been in the trenches seeing the year over year increase in safety automation growth.

I doubt that there is a single reason for this phenomenon. The contributing factors though can be understood by referencing this graphic I created for seminar discussion.

Safety automation for machine control graphic shows technology and reliability adoption over time, according to J.B. Titus. Courtesy: Control Engineering Machine Safety blogFrom this graphic let’s brainstorm some ideas on driving this growth phenomenon:

1. Compare the life cycles of general to safety automation. General automation is in its mature life cycle whereas safety automation is still in its rapid growth early adoption life cycle.

2. General automation users are “pulling” safety automation into applications.

3. Users are realizing that safety automation resolves many of the unplanned downtime issues and, as a result, drives growth in profits.

4. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) understand the advantages of diagnostics from safety devices and the reduced manufacturing costs of eliminating cable runs.

5. Control architectures are simplified via all machine control on single platforms.

6. Safety automation advantages have arrived at the C-level and CEOs are aware of the opportunity for business dynamics.

7. Machine safety is not compromised via safety automation. In fact, many argue that hazards can be mitigated to reduced levels with safety automation.

What are some of your brainstorming ideas or experiences? Please take a few minutes to list some of your thoughts to move this discussion. How about technology innovation, globalization, harmonization, etc.?

Has this presented you with any new perspectives? Do you have some specific topic or interest that we could cover in future blog posts? Add your comments or thoughts to the discussion by submitting your ideas, experiences, and challenges in the comments section below.

Related articles:

Machine Safety: Industry 4.0 and how it could impact machine safety

Machine Safety: System integrators report shortage of safety resources

Machine safety: Executives balance risks, profits

Machine Safety: Managing operational risk

Contact: www.jbtitus.com for “Solutions for Machine Safety.”



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Your leaks start here: Take a disciplined approach with your hydraulic system; U.S. presence at Hannover Messe a rousing success
Hannover Messe 2016: Taking hold of the future - Partner Country status spotlights U.S. manufacturing; Honoring manufacturing excellence: The 2015 Product of the Year Winners
Inside IIoT: How technology, strategy can improve your operation; Dry media or web scrubber?; Six steps to design a PM program
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Warehouse winter comfort: The HTHV solution; Cooling with natural gas; Plastics industry booming
Managing automation upgrades, retrofits; Making technical, business sense; Ensuring network cyber security
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me