Hot Off the Press
Waterjet-Cutting Showroom Opens in China
Friday, January 21, 2011
Jet Edge, Inc., St. Michael, MN, a manufacturer of waterjet-cutting systems, has opened a new sales, service and equipment-demonstration showroom facility in Shanghai, China. The facility will supply and support local customers, provide training and maintain a spare-parts warehouse. More at www.jetedge.com
Robotic-Safety Training Gets a Boost
at Alabama’s Robotics Technology Park
Friday, January 21, 2011
Phase I of the Robotics Technology Park (RTP), in Tanner, AL, opened in September 2010 with the commissioning of a 52,000-sq.-ft. Robotic Maintenance Training Center. Included is safety training, on apparatus provided by Omron Scientific Technologies, Inc.—safety mats, safety light curtains, interlock switches and perimeter guarding. Phase I encompasses three robotic welding cells, eight single-robot workcells, and a robotic assembly line comprising seven robots, a conveyor system and an automatic-guided vehicle—all guarded by Omron’s safety equipment.
Phase II of the RTP, slated to open spring of 2011, will encompass a 30,000-sq.-ft. Advanced Technology Research and Development Center, which will be used by NASA and the U.S. Army Missile Command for R & D. Phase III will welcome an Integration and Entrepreneurial Center, where companies will build and adapt robots for new industries and where start-up companies will be able to set up and test new robotic lines, integrate software and equipment and train maintenance and production staff. Learn all about the RTP at www.alabamartp.org
; read up on Omron’s robotic-safety apparatus at www.sti.com
Noise Control: OSHA Backs Down
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Scrapped—a proposed enforcement policy from OSHA that would have authorized citations any time “feasible administrative and engineering controls” are not used to reduce noise to acceptable levels, when it is shown that the controls are capable of being implemented. Several months ago, OSHA asked for feedback on the policy change regarding workplace noise-exposure controls, based on a new interpretation of the term "feasible administrative or engineering controls." Now, based on concerns raised about the proposal and “possible costs associated with improving worker protection” to accommodate the proposed changes,” says a spokesperson, OSHA has decided to withdraw the proposed interpretation. So, under current enforcement policy, OSHA will continue to issue citations to companies that fail to use said controls only when the controls cost less than a hearing-conservation program, or if the equipment is ineffective.