The safety guarding of workers operating or cleaning machinery is a critical issue for all manufacturers — getting it wrong can lead to death or permanent injury and be costly to your business.
Allowing unguarded and dangerous equipment is a hazard to your employees and can severely impact your business. Recent incidents in Illinois resulted in substantial fines to the prosecuted companies and no doubt resulted in higher insurance premiums and lost production, but most importantly left their employees permanently impacted by a lack of workplace safety risk management.
Safety Guarding Protects Your Employees
Installing WHS compliant machine guards made from aluminum profile is a cost-effective way to protect your personnel and even realize savings through reduced downtime. The following example is a brief case study of how we can assist you to retrofit a machine guard to your existing equipment – but keep in mind we also manufacture for OEM’s to incorporate guarding onto their new equipment as well.
Importantly, each IMA guard was also constructed with a fully removable side to allow easy servicing by GSK and to maintain current servicing times. With five similar, but unique machine guards, the use of aluminum profile for this application was ideal and provides key benefits including:
Ability to easily modify each design quickly due to the adaptability of the profile; structural integrity of the guard resulting from the structural integrity of the profile itself; slimline and lightweight; easily fitted with clear Lexan panels to allow maximum visibility of the machine and product. In addition, the guards were fabricated in modular sections for easy transportation and installation while also keeping installation times to a bare minimum which further reduced costs to GSK.
As a result of installing the new machinery guards, the five Panadol lines at GSK fully comply with WHS guidelines and maintain existing machine outputs but with decreased servicing downtime due to the improved access provided by the flexible aluminum profile and the ability to incorporate easily removable panels.
Why Use Aluminum Profile?
The success of safety guarding project results from the use of Aluminum Profile. Aluminum Profile is a highly adaptable and user friendly material, being available in over 55 different profile patterns and sizes. Aluminum profile has a high strength to weight ratio and almost infinite uses due to the multitude of connectors, profile patterns and other accessories. The hard wearing anodized finish makes using aluminum profile a first choice in clean room environments where cleanliness needs to be guaranteed.
Importantly the unique connecting system used in an aluminum profile system greatly reduces fabrication time by eliminating the need to weld and paint steel. Generally this also results in reduced labor costs, meaning that many aluminum profile solutions are cheaper than a comparable steel solution. The flexible connecting system also permits any design to be built in a modular format allowing easier and faster transportation, onsite installation and modifications, resulting in further cost savings.