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Enhancing Safety in Manufacturing Systems by Integrating Diagnostic Information

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Kyle Schroeder, Aftab A. Khan, James Moyne, Dawn Tilbury

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Paper No. MSEC_ICMP2008-72460, pp. 171-176; 6 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the 3rd JSME/ASME International Conference on Materials and Processing
  • ASME 2008 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Volume 2
  • Evanston, Illinois, USA, October 7–10, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4852-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3836-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Integrating traditionally separate industrial control systems can derive factory-wide benefits by leveraging more information about the ongoing process. This paper shows that connecting a networked safety system and a process control system leads to an extension of the individual benefits provided by each system. A safety system gains the ability to protect not only the machines and workers but also the product that is being built. A diagnostic system can also raise safety alarms when a process variable is outside the expected range of safe operation. This connection is explored to determine the practical impact of different methods of integration on machining and system processes. Three integration methods are possible depending on which portions of the system can be classified as “safe”. A case study integrating a diagnostics system as a non-safe sensor proves that this connection, when it is implemented on an industrial testbed, provides all of the benefits described and does not require significant changes to control software.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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