Automation Technologies And Manufacturing Safety

As a business leader, you have to continually search out ways to increase operational efficiency and throughput, and lower manufacturing costs. Besides improving the productivity and streamlining production processes, the working environment is something that demands special attention from business leaders. It is crucial to ensure safe working conditions and reduce incident rates. This can be a challenge to maintain a balance especially when production and safety are in a constant battle with each other.

Fortunately, industrial automation and safety systems have made major advancements in the past decade. Sophisticated automated machines and control systems have bridged the gap between production and safety. Your job is to make sure that your engineering staff is implementing new technologies correctly.

It is a necessity to have a corporate safety plan focusing on the implementation of plant safety technologies. We need to dig a little deeper in order to understand how an integrated production system can contribute to a company’s overall success. Safety management is supposed to provide a safe workplace for employees, whereas, engineering department is tasked with improving the manufacturing process. We cannot separate these disciplines as they are interconnected.

Most of the traditional machine guarding systems are simple in design and do not require an engineering background to implement or understand them. However, traditional machine safeguarding techniques are limited in scope. Modern automation and engineering safety controls are intelligent enough to automatically change the safeguarding methods depending on current hazards.

What if the safety system at your production facility were intelligent enough to allow safe human interaction for tasks that are repetitive, routine, and integral? An intelligent safety mechanism can help you improve the productivity of workers and lower the injury risks. It can have a big impact on your bottom line. The advanced industrial technology offers capabilities necessary to develop an integrated manufacturing process where manufacturers can maintain a balance between safety and production.

The advanced integrated technologies are more complicated than traditional safeguarding devices. The use of safety-rated devices can unknowingly create an unsafe environment where safety is nothing but an illusion. Even the advanced safeguarding solutions come with the risk of creating a dangerous work environment. Therefore, it is important to have skilled engineers who can implement and maintain modern machine safeguarding systems.

If you are not satisfied with the current safety conditions at your production plant, consult an engineering company that can design a better safety plan for your manufacturing unit.…

Plug-in Hybrid Technology From Odyne Corporation Presented To Fleet Managers

The fact can not be denied that electrical and electronic components are needed in a car. Auto parts like the Volvo relay which performs a variety of operations that is needed in order for the car to perform efficiently is quite indispensable.

While the use of electricity in a car is a common knowledge, another application of electricity on cars is just recently developed. This is in the form of hybrid electric vehicles that not only uses the stored electricity in its battery to operate some features of the car but also uses it to drive the car. Hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius is already enjoying success in the market due to the fact that hybrid cars are more fuel efficient than conventional vehicles.

Odyne Corporation is one of the principal developers of innovative plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – this means cars that can be charged via a common household socket. The corporation though is known for integrating this technology on trucks and buses.

And recently, the corporation presented their technology to fleet managers in the New York and California areas. Roger M. Slotkin, chief executive officer of the company, was given the honor of presenting their innovative technology on different alternative energy forums. Slotkin emphasized on his talks the distinct advantages of their technology in terms of the powertrain involved and battery management. He recently made an appearance at the Western Riverside Clean Cities Coalition's 8th Annual "Advancing the Choice" affair.

At the said event, Slotkin addressed a host of fleet managers from the Southern California area. He talked about the present problem of fleet managers in meeting tough emission standards. The advantages of using their plug-in hybrid technology were given emphasis and how it can solve the current problem on emission of fleet managers. Slotkin also pointed out that their technology will help in boosting the growing compressed natural gas fuel infrastructure. It stated that CNG fuel hybrids with plug-in capacity will not only reduce the emissions of buses and trucks but will also help another growing sector which focuses on alleviating the countries dependence on imported fossil fuel based gasoline and diesel fuels.

Slotkin also presented their technology's benefits to fleet managers in New York on January 31 of this year. The event is a hybrid truck technology seminar and Odyne Corporation presented during the event their current lineup of hybrid vehicles. Slotkin also tackled their company's dedication in the development of the technology for use in the transportation and sanitation markets.

Another advantage of the plug-in hybrid technology is that it reduces fuel consumption by as much as 50 percent. That figure, of course, depends on several factors like road and driving conditions and load that is transported by the trucks or buses. Plug-in hybrid vehicles also have relatively lower operating and maintenance costs. The cut in expenses in maintaining a truck or bus will certainly be good news to fleet managers since any money saved in maintenance can go to other areas of their …