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Safeguard your control plant at Safety In Action 2009

Don’t miss the Safety In Action 2009 exhibition planned for March in Melbourne, showcasing some of the industry’s biggest players in safety processes and equipment, including Rockwell Automation’s safety controllers for plant automation systems.

Ranging from perimeter guarding solutions and safety interlock switches to safety controllers, Rockwell’s display will demonstrate how machine safety can be an integral component of the automation system, and lead to improved productivity, says the company.

“Key areas where modern machine safety systems can make a huge difference to productivity are in routine maintenance or getting the plant back up after an emergency stop,” said Rockwell Automation area manager, Gary Milburn.

“Safety systems can now be designed to allow maintenance to be carried out without a full shutdown, which means some parts of the plant can keep working if necessary. Also, equipment can be programmed to stop in a ‘home’ position, which makes the plant quicker to restart. Getting the plant back up fast can save a lot of dollars and can easily justify a high level of automation.”

On offer will be the Allen-Bradley GuardLogix integrated safety controller, which features a two-processor safety architecture that supports integrated safety and conventional control on the one platform. Founded on the Logix control engine, GuardLogix is programmed using RSLogix 5000 software, allowing users to manage their safety control system using familiar standard control methods.

The compact SmartGuard 600 safety controller will also be on display. The controller was designed for stand-alone applications or medium-sized distributed safety solutions. Bridging the gap between relay and safety PLC systems, it features on-board intelligence, plus safety I/O and communications ports, to deliver a flexible and programmable safety solution with minimal wiring, says Rockwell.

Also on display will be the Allen-Bradley Guardmaster family of machine safety products. These include safety interlock switches, Prosafe trapped key interlock systems, emergency stop and cable pull switches, safety light curtains and laser scanners, plus safety relays and contactors, safety mats and edge systems.

Visit Stand G28 at Safety in Action 2009, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank, 31 March – 2 April.

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