RMGroup and RMRobotics are the largest value provider for ABB in the UK and we can now offer any of our new robot lines with ABB SafeMove2.
SafeMove2 delivers greater flexibility, space saving advantages and state-of-the-art commissioning tools for higher productivity at a lower total investment cost. This enables closer collaboration between operatives and robots.
Robots can perform many numerous applications and are one of the most important components of any automation solution. Due to their fast-moving capabilities historically robots have been separated from operatives by cages, fences and cells to ensure the safety of workers.
SafeMove‘s functionality has evolved from hardware to software and allows operators to be in close proximity without the need to shut down completely’ it has been designed to keep equipment and humans completely safe whilst working in collaboration.
SafeMove2 performs safety certified monitoring of robot motion, tool and standstill supervision as well as speed limitation. Working hand-in-hand with customers to develop innovative robot safety technologies, ABB introduces SafeMove2. It allows for the creation of more efficient and flexible production scenarios, and integrates safety fieldbus connectivity into ABB’s IRC5 robot controller family.
Safety fieldbuses : Built-in safety fieldbuses eliminating the need for dedicated hardware for communication with safety equipment such as safety PLC´s & light curtains.
Tool position supervision : Protects the operator and enhances machine and equipment safety by supervising the position of the tool.
Tool speed supervision: Protects the operator and enhances machine and equipment safety by supervising the speed of the tool.
Tool orientation supervision :Protects the operator and enhances machine and equipment safety by supervising the orientation of the tool.
Axis position supervision : Protects the surroundings and operators by supervising the axis position.
Axis speed supervision : Protects the surroundings and operators by supervising the axis speed.
Standstill supervision : Supervises the stand-still of robot axes without having to switch the robot to Motors Off. It enables operators to perform tasks in the immediate vicinity of the robot.
Contact application tolerance :Allows the robot to be in contact with work-piece in limited areas. This can for example be used in applications where the robot is used for grinding or during tool change.
Cyclic brake check : Cyclic brake check Supervises that the brakes are checked with a cyclic interval.
Stop functions : Triggers stop of the robot using fieldbus inputs from the safety PLC.
Configuration : Performed in RobotStudio using Visual SafeMove configurator.
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Safety and Compliance
At RM Group we pride ourselves in ensuring each piece of machinery that leaves our factory has been fully tested and complies to all relevant standards and directives. Our experienced team have dealt with supply not only to the UK and European market, but much further afield including America, Canada, India and Australia to name a few.
The process of safety first, starts with our design team, a design philosophy founded on ease of operation, without the loss of focus on the operator’s health and safety ensures there is no trade off when choosing RM Group as your partner.
Take a look below at some of the various parts and processes we incorporate as standard into our lines.
Siemens Safety relays and failsafe Safety S7 PLC units used to provide piece of mind.
Safety Gate Switches
amGardpro is the ultimate range of safety gate switches, from Fortress Interlocks.
The range has a unique modular construction which allows easy configuration and provides total electro-mechanical solutions for practically any safeguarding application up to EN ISO 13849-1, Category 4, PLe (SIL3).
Safety Light Curtains
Whether individual devices or optimally matched sets: in our extensive line of safety sensors, you will always find a suitable and efficient safety solution for point-of-operation, danger-zone and access guarding. All devices satisfy the applicable legal regulations and standards.
Other Methods In Our Process
Other methods used in our process are:
Full Project Risk Assessments
The risk assessment determines the requirements for functional safety regarding safety functions (protective measures) and control system integrity.
• FMEA (Failure mode (the way a process can fail) and effects (the ways that these failures can lead to waste, defects or harmful outcomes) analysis)
By anticipating failure during the design stage, we can predict possible failures and address them prior to entering the manufacturing process.
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis is designed to identify, prioritize and limit these failure modes.
FMEA is not a substitute for good engineering. Rather, it enhances good engineering by applying the knowledge and experience of the RM Group Team to review the design progress of a product or process by assessing its risk of failure.
• Performance levels and Safety integrity levels are reviewed using the German standard software SISTEMA
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Brief product description to include the limits of Use. Limits include the intended use and the reasonably foreseeable misuse. Aspects to be considered include the following:
a) The different machine operating modes and different intervention procedures for the users, including interventions required by malfunctions of the machine.
b) The use of the machinery.
c) Exposure of other persons to the hazards associated with the machinery where it can be reasonably foreseen.
d) Aspects of space are considered.
e) Aspects of Time Limits are considered.
Testing to ensure integrity and safety of our machinery is done in three stages:
1. All machinery is assembled in the factory and a production run test is completed.
2. A factory acceptance Test (FAT) is completed before despatch.
3. A Site Acceptance test (SAT) is completed once full installation, commissioning and training has been completed.