A team from A&D Australasia was recently called to support the safety initiatives of one of Australia’s most popular theme parks located in Queensland.
Engineers from the A&D Techeng team based in Brisbane were consulted to provide possible solutions to improve the safety rating of the new amusement ride purchase.
The new amusement ride was purchased by the Queensland theme park to attract more visitors. However, before the amusement ride could be released to daring thrill seekers, a rigorous risk assessment was carried out on all new and existing rides to ensure all safety guidelines were met in accordance with the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 (QLD) and AS 4024.1-2006 – Safety of Machinery.
The risk assessment discovered that the thrill ride did not fully comply with compulsory safety requirements. After reviewing the requirements, the A&D Techeng engineers decided that the optimal way to meet safety category ratings of CAT 3 and CAT 4 was to install an Allen Bradley CompactGuard PLC with safety IO on Ethernet/IP and category rated switches.
The PLC was an ideal solution as it could monitor safety measures as well as perform control functions for the amusement ride.
A&D Techeng used the risk assessment findings to map out the electrical design (CAD), program the PLC, manage the electrical installation and commission the ride.
Once the thrill ride was upgraded with the appropriate changes, the ride was re-evaluated to ensure that the requirements of the risk assessment were achieved and all safety aspects successfully validated.