The number of manually controlled machinery workstations has decreased considerably since the early 2000s. Automatization and robot applications keep pushing people from the shop floors around the world.
Once upon a time there was a company in Hillerstorp, Småland that manufactured mesh wall systems. But they were not the only ones.
Globalisation and more international operations is the order of the day. Swedish-owned Axelent will soon be represented everywhere, from its base in the deep forests of Hillerstorp in Sweden the company has expanded all the way to Australia.
Let’s address the question first. In the relatively short history of industrial robots, guard fencing was primarily – if not exclusively – considered a means to keep people out of the hazard zone. And rightly so. The accident history of robots shows that people are hit or otherwise injured by robots almost exclusively when they enter the hazard zone, in which the robot operates. This occurs either accidentally, because there are no suitable protection measures, or deliberately when people bypass or manipulate safeguards.
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