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Area Guarding for Robotic Cells

When inspecting robotic results, it is important operators have access to the materials being inspected without compromising safety.

When inspecting robotic results, it is important operators have access to the materials being inspected without compromising safety.

In this work cell, the robot picks up and places material in a package as it moves along the conveyor. The operator uses the inspection station to ensure the package was correctly filled. It is critical this individual does not enter the protective field (red area). A solution is needed that can detect intrusion, provide a stop signal, and continually sense the inspection station is imperative.

Your Benefits

  • Unobstructed operator access whilst maintaining operator saftey
  • Maximum efficiency with continuous warning field operation
  • Flexibility allows for new safeguarding shapes when work cell dimensions and parameters change

  • Area Guarding for Robotic Cells

Safety laser scanners work well for safeguarding applications where user access and protection are equally important. Banner’s AG4 Safety Laser Scanner with a 190º scanning angle fits nearly any shape and can evaluate an operator’s position by range and rotational angle. Its flexibility allows for new safeguarding shapes when work cell dimensions and parameters change.

The AG4 also provides a warning field (green area) and a protective field (red area) within the designated safeguarding area to alert individuals who are getting too close to the robot before prompting a complete shutdown. When an object is detected, the AG4 calculates its position; the AG4 will allow the robot to continue to operate during warning field detection or will force a shutdown during protective field detection.

A safety laser scanner can be a cost-effective solution for safeguarding applications compared to other safeguarding options. Safety mats are often used in hazardous work cell areas, but they are costly and wear out quickly. Other machine safeguarding options include protective barriers and gates, which effectively safeguard an area, but limit the operator’s access. The AG4 Safety Laser Scanner allow optimal operator access to speed up the inspection process and increase productivity.

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