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Enhanced e-stop components help improve worker safety

06 August 2010

Rockwell Automation recently earned TÜV certification for the B10d Functional Safety rating on all styles of Allen-Bradley emergency-stop push buttons. This safety certification allows users to take the certified safety product data and include these products in calculating the safety level of their entire control safety system. This helps improve worker safety because designers have greater insight into when components, like e-stop push buttons, will need to be replaced or repaired – to help en

Enhanced e-stop components help improve worker safety
Enhanced e-stop components help improve worker safety

E-stop push buttons are a critical component for automation systems – they are used to cease motion to help prevent injury to workers or damage to machinery. For example, in an emergency that might escalate into a hazardous situation, an operator would press the e-stop button to stop the machine or equipment, preventing further risk to the worker or the system.

The B10d rating further validates the market leadership position of the Allen-Bradley push button family, which the industry already recognises for ingress protection sealing technology, low-voltage switching capability and excellent reliability. While many companies self-certify for this safety rating, the Allen-Bradley e-stop buttons were rigorously tested with evaluation, verification and confirmation by third-party TÜV Rheinland, a leading international service group documenting the safety and quality of products, systems and services.

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