SAVE with SAM – Safety

by Craig Hollings

Be alerted to potential safety hazards before they arise. Receive critical information to enhance reporting on safety.

Workplace safety is essential to achieving optimal operation, avoiding substantial production interruptions and most importantly, protecting employees. With SAM, sensors can connect you to the data the machine is producing and help you to be proactive about the potential problems in your system. SAM will provide a real-time understanding of machinery compliance, anomalies in safety, causes of production shutdowns through the trends in the data collected.

Many processes rely on outdated methods of data collection where it is not connected to the plant floor systems or reported to the correct members of staff at the right time. SAM offers real-time safety data in an easily accessible format to better inform decision making. In relation to safety, operators can work towards a better understanding of system misuse, highlighting breached in your safety procedures and overall working toward zero safety related downtime. By having easily accessible safety data, SAM has the power to transform how safety is monitored. For example, how are day-to-day operations handling the maintenance and operation procedures? Inappropriate machine operation can dramatically reduce the lifespan of machinery and therefore productivity, not to mention violations of safety procedures. With the data from SAM, production managers can investigate the source of the misuse which could indicate the need for further training for the machine operators and adhering to your safety procedures.

Furthermore, improved diagnostics in the safety system can alert employees to any safety-related issues as they occur which could lead to faster resolutions in downtime and simplify the troubleshooting process. The analytics provided by SAM can be sent to anyone, at any time on a laptop, smartphone, tablet or even a smartwatch allowing for instant access to the data. This will allow key individuals to make instant decisions when a potential issue arises. With the data in a simple display format, the reports could be included in production meetings to distribute the information to all operators and enhance your safety risk assessments. Using the data from SAM, new standard procedures can be developed and current ones are redefined as part of a continuous improvement plan.

SAM gives instant access to the facts and allows the key individuals to analyse and then react to the results. By better understanding, safety and risks surrounding the process, the data can improve safety in the workplace and ultimately reduce safety-related downtime.

Safety Example:

Improving safety standards and training across the factory floor with data from SAM.

Magnetic safety switches on the quick release flanges of an FSC automatically stop report back to SAM any time the equipment is stopped because these have been opened.

For example – SAM sends a notification to the factory manager that on the same night shift the process is stopped because these level switches have been activated.

After investigating the factory manager learns that the same operator is misusing the equipment to clean out the FSC which is causing the whole production to stop and is a safety risk as outlined in your risk assessment.

Further training is offered to the team to avoid the same event happening in the future and bring the training in line with your safety operational procedures. 

 

 

Improving safety standards and training across the factory floor with data from SAM.

A pressure sensor is attached to the neck seal of a bulk bag filler (1)

SAM will send a notification to the manager that the filler has been shut down because the neck seal is either over inflated or under inflated

If the neck seal is under-inflated dust could escape from the bag causing a possible ATEX risk

If the neck seal is overinflated this could rip the bag and cause further possible ATEX risks as well as a cost to replace the bag.

The filler will automatically stop when a safety breach occurs with or without the SAM feature. SAM reports on when these safety breaches occur so continual safety improvements can be made in line with your facilities risk assessments.  

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