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Let's Talk Sense on Safety Standards

Standards and Codes Have Grown So Large That Many Small Manufacturers Don't Follow Them

By Tom Spisak, Senior Controls Engineer, Automated Cells & Equipment

An issue that isn't being discussed in our robotics cell industry is that safety standards and codes, such as NFPA79 and 70E, have grown unnecessarily large and complicated to the point that many small manufacturers don't follow them. Most are just unaware that the standards exist or apply to them. Likewise, for industrial electrical controls, everyone has to follow electrical standards intended for commercial facility wiring or follow standards written to protect workers based on older components. For example, older control panels with open NEMA starters should require full arc-flash protection (hard hat, face shield, ear protection, FP clothing), whereas a modern panel with finger-safe IEC components should warrant less-protective gear.

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