Implementing an automated material handling system offers a variety of traditional benefits, like improved productivity and increased product quality.
But they also offer safety and health benefits that can provide a better working environment for employees, including:
Consistent, Predictable Operation
An automated system will run the process the same way each time, offering consistent, predictable operation. A Human Machine Interface (HMI) can also report data from each step to an operator, providing necessary information at a safe distance from the operation.
Built-in Program Safeties
Automated systems are always working and reviewing every step along the way. Built-in programmed safety logic is constantly checking the operation of the system, and ensuring that each step takes place at the proper time. The system will stop operation and alert an operator if there is a problem before an accident can occur, protecting employees and equipment.
Safer Working Environment
A safer working environment for employees is provided by eliminating an operator’s proximity to trip hazards and slick surfaces. Exposure to caustic fumes, hazardous chemicals, and extreme heat can also be reduced.
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