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Quad Plus: The Future of Machine Safety and Operator Well-Being

Quad Plus: The Future of Machine Safety and Operator Well-Being

The Future of Machine Safety and Operator Well-being

No matter what industry you are in, new technology will always be part of planning for the future. In the industrial landscape, technological advancements have had a continual impact on production lines and workplace safety. As we head into the future of manufacturing, the focus will remain on more efficient operations while optimizing for the well-being of the workforce.

Enhanced Data Collection & Analysis

Most manufacturers are already working with systems that collect and analyze data throughout their operations. What’s changing for the future is the ability to capture increasingly large amounts of precise data and then turn that data into actionable information faster than ever. New technology also allows for better adaptation to changing work environments where flexibility is critical, such as outdoor operations.

Advance Sensor Technology

The first part of the equation is data collection. Sensor technology measures data points such as vibration, temperature, pressure, humidity, and more. As sensor technology improves, measurements become more precise and faster to obtain. This allows manufacturers to collect an endless amount of information in real-time.

AI and Analytics

Analyzing industrial data involves complex algorithms that compare data with set objectives and then take prescribed action based on that comparison. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are helping human programmers develop algorithms that allow for tight quality control and safer operations.
Older technology required manufacturers to rely on reports compiled after a production run or a review of collected data following an event such as an injury or unexpected stop. Increasingly powerful computers and smart AI technology are producing algorithms that can analyze vast amounts of data while production lines are running.

The result can lead to predicting equipment failures before they happen to allow a scheduled repair and minimize downtime. Risks to operators that may have gone unnoticed by traditional safety systems can also be identified and corrected.

Engineer monitoring AI dashboard
Human Operators and Collaborative Robots

Collaborative robots, or “cobots,” are designed to work alongside human operators in a shared workspace. They can be used for repetitive and tedious tasks or tasks that are dangerous for human operators. A variety of technologies, such as AI, machine vision, and cognitive computing allow these robots to have an awareness of their surroundings so they can perform tasks in close proximity to people.

Collaborative robots can be programmed to complete tasks in place of humans and designed to protect the safety of the humans around them. By utilizing increasingly sensitive sensors and smart algorithms, cobots let workers be more efficient and safer than ever before.

A Collaborative Approach

With every new advancement in technology, the way humans interact with machines must be examined. Intuitive interfaces help reduce the risk of errors, and ergonomic features protect people from injuries related to repetitive movements, poor posture, and more.

Operators must also be aware of the latest safety protocols and technologies to make the most of every advancement. Manufacturers who foster a culture of safety and education along with a holistic integration of advanced technologies will be in the best position for success in the long run.

For more information on forward-thinking industrial systems and machine safety solutions, contact Jim Woulf at or call (920) 515-4155.

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