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Integrated safety – what exactly is it?

03 September 2018

In broad terms, integration enables increased speed and precision of production processes due to more finely tuned technology and control systems.

Integration also means that all the machines in a production line can communicate with each other and operate seamlessly, helping to boost efficiency. 

Integration also allows for central monitoring of the operating condition of all the machines on a line, which can further improve efficiency and quality. By monitoring all the processes and flagging up any potential problems, processes can be adjusted, maintenance scheduled, and repairs made before failure. This reduces unscheduled downtimes and helps keep the whole line running optimally.

There is also one additional, huge benefit of integration: safety. Interconnected machines and systems in smart factories offer exceptional safety, both in terms of the operators’ work environment and overall system security. 

Read the full article in the September issue of DPA

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