5 Ways to Use A Wireless E-Stop
Jul 17, 2020 | Blog Post
Wireless Emergency Stops are being used to stop machine systems in a wide variety of industries. When implemented properly, remote e-stopping can be a key to unlocking safety and productivity for many machine applications.
People are often surprised to learn that Wireless E-Stopping can be both possible and safe. It simply needs to be handled in a safety-rated way with appropriate protective technology in place. Since we’re obsessed with safety, FORT has dedicated years to perfecting wireless emergency stop technology to ensure that, when it matters most, you can trust that a push of the button will stop your machine.
There are lots of reasons you might want to stop a machine, from the need to make a simple adjustment to avoiding a life-threatening situation. Doing it wirelessly means you can make that stop from wherever you are, as soon as you need to. It’s literally safety in the palm of your hand.
Because FORT’s Wireless E-Stop (WES) wires into standard safety circuits, it’s compatible with lots of machines in almost any industry. Here are some of the innovative ways our customers are using Wireless E-Stops in their fields.
1. Stop an Autonomous Lawnmower From a Distance
Robots could make make manual lawn mowing a thing of the past. Atlanta’s Greenzie is on a mission to “free humans from repetitive outdoor labor.” And they’re using Wireless E-Stops to keep things running safely! Check out their video with a special WES cameo.
2. Command a Small Fleet of AMRs
Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and Automated Guide Vehicles (AGVs) are playing an increasingly important role in warehouses around the world. But having dozens of these vehicles moving around people can pose safety hazards. A WES can stop multiple robots at once with the push of a single button and make sure that humans stay in control.
3. Protect Workers in Auto Manufacturing
Automotive factories often have mezzanines or other higher-risk areas where fixed e-stops are out of reach. One of our customers addressed this issue by positioning Wireless E-Stops at the entrance to the mezzanine level for team members to grab as they enter the area. Read the case study here.
4. Develop the Robots of the Future
Robots are cleaning floors, providing medical care, and even patrolling public places to enfore social distancing. They are also delivering packages and takeout food to our homes, with the demand for last-miles delivery robots increasing in recent months. But developing and testing these autonomous robots can be dangerous work, especially when they’re navigating unpredictable, real-life environments. We have many customers using the WES as a safeguard as they test super innovative robots that will make our world better.
5. Prevent Accidents with Autonomous Farming
Agricultural work is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. But autonomous machinery is making the industry safer by taking on some of the hard labor and putting distance between workers and dangerous equipment. If an autonomous machine in the field needs to be stopped for maintenance or to avoid a collision, the WES can do the job.
Keeping People in Control
Even the smartest autonomous machines can still pose safety risks. At FORT, we believe that even with the world’s most advanced machine systems, people should always have the ability to intervene if needed. We don’t think the need (or preference) for a human supervisor will ever disappear completely.
We appreciate seeing the innovative ways our customers use FORT safety and security to solutions to build the future, and we can’t wait to see what they do next.