THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY AND MEMCO: A SAFETY PARTNERSHIP


“Show me a plant with a poor safety record, and I’ll show you a plant that has lots of other performance issues as well. I have never seen a high-performing plant that had a poor safety record.”

  • Fast, Larry E. The 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence. CRC Press, 2012.

⚠️The High Cost of Equipment-related Safety Incidents

We all have a vested interest in workplace safety, which is, without doubt, a foundational element of a sound business. Tangentially tied to the human cost of injury, death, and hardships endured by affected workers’ families are the costs associated with regulatory noncompliance, increased health insurance and workers’ compensation costs, and decreased productivity. Plants with poor safety records consequently struggle with time away cases, decreased worker engagement, and increased reliance on overtime or temporary workers.

 

Manufacturers and their equipment suppliers must share an environment and a culture that fosters a safety mindset. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/iif/), contact with objects or equipment averaged 30% of workplace fatalities in manufacturing between 2016 and 2020. For non-fatal injuries involving days away from work in 2020, 33% of safety events were due to being struck, caught in, or compressed by an object or equipment.

 

👷‍♂️ Our Safety Path

As a supplier of automation machinery of exceptional quality, MEMCO takes seriously its responsibility to deliver safe, reliable equipment that adheres to industry standards and best practices.

  • Robotics: We follow “inherent safe design” guidelines and protective measures (ANSI/RIA R15.06) that eliminate or adequately reduce risks associated with industrial robots and robot systems. These include technologies such as FANUC’s Dual Check Safety (DCS) system, which makes safe operating distances (ISO 13855) in a smaller footprint possible.
  • Automation: We meet the requirements and follow recommendations for the design and integration of safety‐related parts of control systems (ISO 13849) in automated machinery with Category 3 architecture for electrical and control circuitry. This provides a redundant structure such that no single component failure causes the loss of protection.
  • Component selection: We source electrical and mechanical devices and controllers readily available in the market and widely used in the industry. These parts meet the industry standards above (Category 3 compatible) and are produced by suppliers with a long track record of reliability, service, and support.
  • Testing and validation: As a matter of sound engineering practice, we complete rigorous acceptance testing at our shop and the customer’s site, meeting mutually agreed-upon success criteria.

 

🚀 MEMCO Is Your Safety Partner

MEMCO seeks to be a key partner in the manufacturing sector’s safety improvement journey. Contact us and see how we can help accelerate your industrial transformation strategy.