Safety light curtains are optical electronic devices are a form of machine guarding that can be used instead of using physical barriers. These curtains are made from beams of light that are sequenced and pulsed across an area from a transmitter to a receiver.
Robotic workcells use these presence detection devices to ensure that nothing gets close enough to the robot to be harmed during the running of a cycle. If something crosses that barrier during the robot workcell’s operation, the operation will stop to safeguard workers.
Along with light curtains, robot workcells can also use safety mats that are pressure sensitive to guard an area. If something steps on these mats during operation, it can cause the application to pause as well, keeping the worker out of harm’s way.
There are also physical barriers like interlocking doors that will slide down when a robotic workcell is operational, not allowing anyone into the workcell during the cycle. These doors then slide open when the operation is finished so that workers or other robots can collect the parts and send them on to other parts of the line.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator of robotic workcells for many companies, including Motoman, FANUC and KUKA, has many options available for your automation process. RobotWorx even has its own grouping of robotic workcells for customers to consider.
For more information on robotic workcells and how to integrate one into your shop, contact RobotWorx today at 740-251-4312.