Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

April 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 4

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TLC for your PLCs

Maintaining machines should include safety training for their 'brains'

By Don Fitchett

The standard operations of companies involve managing risk, whether that risk comes from safety or financial factors. Despite this fact, most companies do little or nothing to manage the safety and financial risks related to their controller automation. This is quite surprising for manufacturing and production companies that depend primarily on equipment and process automation. Those involved in industrial management, plant safety, maintenance and installation of automation equipment should give serious consideration to the risks involved with their PLCs. This article focuses on automation control, but the following approach should be applied to all aspects of manufacturing and production automation.

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