Can You Predict the Future
of Lockout/Tagout?

Everyone has problems like lost keys, coordinating key-alikes, and trouble
controlling master keys. See if you can guess what’s on the horizon to
make lockout/tagout easier, safer, and more secure.

Which of these will
control machine access in the future?
(Click tiles to reveal.)

CORRECT! Bluetooth Locks
2017 saw the advent of Bluetooth locks mostly for personal use, but Bluetooth technology in industrial settings is coming soon. Manufacturers will be able to use phones and other electronic devices to unlock equipment.

RFID badges will be used instead of traditional keys. This technology will have the added benefit of helping safety managers track usage – notifying them when a lock was opened and who opened it.

CORRECT! Workers' Fingerprints
A worker's fingerprint will soon have the ability to unlock locks. Like RFID badges, this technology will help track usage and notify a safety manager when a lock was opened and who opened it.

Maybe one day, but this one isn't in the cards for now!

How will smart machines help with lockout/tagout?
(Click tiles to reveal.)

CORRECT! Detecting Maintenance Needs
Smart machines save time and effort by detecting major vs. minor maintenance needs.This will eliminate the time workers spend troubleshooting and allow them to start the repair process right away.

INCORRECT Shut Down Machine at Break Time
Your workers will still have to do this themselves!

CORRECT! Automatic Shut Off
Smart machines will also help reduce injuries since they can be set to shut off automatically when they sense human contact.

CORRECT! Suggesting Procedures
Smart machines will automatically suggest procedures to follow for safe service. This will save time when it comes to machine maintenance and get malfunctioning machines back up and running more quickly, increasing production.

How will robots make lockout/tagout even safer?
(Click tiles to reveal.)

INCORRECT Encourage New Workers
That job is still probably best done by you!

CORRECT! Unjam a Machine
In the past, the dangerous task of unjamming machines was left to workers. In the future, workers will use a remote controlled robot to do this job, greatly reducing the risk of injury.

CORRECT! Give the All Clear
In the future robots will verify safe conditions like confirming hydraulic lines have been decompressed.

CORRECT! Reduce Human Risk
Robots will start performing highly dangerous tasks to reduce the time that a worker is in harm’s way.

Be ready for the future of Lockout/Tagout.
Keep an eye out for these innovative tools that can save you time, money and most importantly, improve worker safety.


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