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Pilz and Midaco Corporation Team Up to Solve Safety Automation Challenges

Midaco Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of state-of-the-art pallet changers and supplemental items for CNC machining centers, has been using Pilz safety relays for its CE opportunities. After a few interactions, the Pilz sales representative, Pat Morrissey, wanted to look into other safety automation challenges that the Midaco Corporation was facing.

“The light curtains we were using were leaving a gap which caused pinch points and we also had trouble with alignment with vibration,” said Michael Cayley, Jr., VP of manufacturing, Midaco Corporation. “Since Pat had been very helpful to us in other areas, we approached him to see if Pilz had a solution.”

“I offered the solution of utilizing the Pilz PSENopt II light curtains, since no dead space is found on the light curtain meaning Midaco Corporation would get full coverage and the light curtains do great when dealing with vibration,” said Pat Morrissey, business development, OEM team, Pilz. “As we become more involved with the opportunity, we were able to suggest providing an entire system solution that would include PSENoptII, mirror columns, cables and a compact safety relay.”

The Pilz PSENoptII light curtains are known for their robustness and protection against shock, collision and vibration as well as an absence of dead zones. These light curtains used in conjunction with PSENopt II mirror columns, provide an adjustable base unit that offers additional protection against strong mechanical impact and enables the mirror column to be adjusted in uneven conditions – thus solving all of Midaco Corporations challenges.

After reviewing and analyzing the solution presented by Pilz, Midaco Corporation began implementing the systems on its pallet changing machines. The corporation is now reaping the benefits of a safer environment for employees, higher production in view of much less down time, and easy ordering of the light curtain systems.

In addition to adding light curtains on pallet changers in its own shop, Midaco is offering this guarding solution as an option on automatic pallet changers for its customers who require CE guarding internationally and per requests in the continental U.S. The pallet changer and light curtain added to vertical machining centers results in greater productivity, elevated safety and increased output, allowing machine shop customers to quote jobs more competitively.

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