Industrial machines may fail for a lot of reasons. Many times unforeseen dysfunctions of systems are caused by an improper use of the machines or a neglect of maintenance and servicing. What are the main characteristics of dangers that occur in automated production?
Dangers of automated production
During the use of the machines which use diverse and automated systems (that make the production easier) there is always a risk of breakdowns. These types of incidents are particularly dangerous as they may cause a direct threat to the health or life of the employees as well as subject the company owner to severe financial loss. Among the most common breakdowns are:
- damages to the electric motors – which usually include overheating of the winding construction,
- breakdowns of the control-executive installation – involves usually a glitch in cable isolation or fittings, which as a consequence leads to a disturbance in the flow of the whole transmitter,
- damages to the analog sensors – which results from incorrect work of the elements that are responsible for creating an output signal.
Production-related breakdowns – causes
The earlier mentioned breakdown examples of the elements that determine the efficiency of the production process can be caused by at least several things. First of all, undesired disruptions of electric motors are related to the high temperature of the environment, as well as the mechanical overloads. Worn bearings have also an impact on the efficiency of the motors. As far as the damages of the control-executive installation, discovering the location of the breakdown as well as its triggers is much harder. It can be an untighten joint as well as a broken and crippled cable, that inhibits the proper functioning of the machine.
How to avoid threats in the industrial plants?
Preventing and foreseeing breakdowns it’s a key task for all company owners who take care of the safety of their employees. Often times, just simple maintenance procedures are sufficient to lower the risk of the breakdowns occurrence. Electric motors of the machines overheat because they get covered by a thick layer of dirt which unables an efficient work of the fan. Motor overheating is also associated with the close presence of the warmth sources (such as other production machines). A high level of noise is very often a downplayed indicator of a breakdown, which implicates a destruction of inside installations, the coruscating of the brushes or the distortion of the roller bearing’s elements.
Dangers in automated production are directly related to the breakdowns of the systems and industrial machines. Glitches most often apply to motors as well as complex control and executive installations. Regular control of the machines, cleaning and servicing can help lowering the risk of the occurrence of the dangerous situations, that pose a threat to the lives of employees as well as the financial state of the company.