Indramat and Rexroth servomotors and servo drives have a safety feature called a starting lockout. What does this do? It prevents the servo from starting up again. Why would you want to do that? When you need to work in the dangerous area near a servo, you don’t need to play Dodge the Servo while you try to fix something.
So how exactly does the starting lockout work? If you’re looking for the word directly from the horse’s mouth, you can read up on starting lockouts from Rexroth’s publication on how it works and how to set it up. What’s most important to know is this: if your starting lockout features malfunction, it isn’t safe to work in the area of the servos even if they are powered down because there are no safety checks in place to make sure your servos will stay in an off position.
Without starting lockouts, you have to shut down operations to correct a problem instead of just stopping one portion of your operations to take care of an issue. Making sure that your starting lockout is working correctly is important to ensuring your workers’ safety.
If you have starting lockout problems and don’t know how to fix them, we’re here to help. We work with different types of Indramat and Rexroth servos and know how to correct common problems. Starting lockouts are a vital part of Indramat safety measures and without it, your manufacturing processes might be in violation of different OSHA requirements, which can result in hefty penalties.
When you have a malfunction with your servos, give us a call and we’ll help you troubleshoot the problem first. If there’s a simple solution to a problem, we’re not about to give you the run around just to make everyone’s lives more complicated. Instead, we’ll make sure your back up and running in no time, with as little hassle as possible.