DPN WEB EXCLUSIVE: Scientific Technologies Inc. has introduced the IMS Safety Muting System. The IMS system is said to easily integrate into nearly any entrance and exit conveyor system application, and is engineered to distinguish between material and people entering a dangerous area.
This differentiation is achieved by arranging the muting sensors such that only a very particular combination of signals triggered by incoming material allows the system to enter a safety-muted state.
With the IMS, an immediate machine stop is triggered if the proper sensor sequence or combination does not occur, e.g. if a person has entered the access area. If, however, a product is passing by on a conveyor, the system detects this without interrupting the workflow by muting, or temporarily inhibiting the operation of the safety system so that manufacturing operations continue normally.