Safety has long been the single most important piece of the automation and technology puzzle in a discrete manufacturing or assembly facility. At the very least, it can increase profitability by lowering insurance costs via reduced risk and mitigating machine downtime and product spoilage. At the most, it can save someone’s life.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) brings with it a coordination of data systems and safety systems, all designed to accomplish better production that’s safer and more profitable. And the implementation of robots, specifically collaborative robots, has created a different set of safety requirements and standards.