|Rugged Omron Scientific Technologies, Inc. Universal Safety Mats guard machine operators against some of the potential hazards and dangers of the modern manufacturing environment.
An Omron STI Universal Safety Mat system (UM series safety mat combined with an MC3, MC4, or MC6) offers a simple method for guarding personnel around hazardous machines. A safety mat system offers freedom, flexibility, and reduced operator fatigue when compared with traditional guarding methods such as interlocked fences, pullback restraints or perimeter barriers. Full visibility of and access to the work area is maintained.
The operation of the safety mat is easy to understand. The safety mat is a simple, normally open switch. When a specified minimum weight is applied to the safety mat the "switch" closes. This sends a signal to the safety mat controller, which in turn, sends a stop signal to the guarded machine. Each safety mat presents four wires to the safety mat controller. This provides the redundancy required to monitor the wires for open circuits due to incorrect wiring or physical damage to the safety mat wires.
Additionally, safety mats can also simplify routine tasks such as machine set-up, maintenance and repair. Typical applications for safety mats include:
Robotic Work Cells