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Modular aluminium profile systems - ideal choice for machine guarding

02 May 2017

Designing and manufacturing machines guards, cages and enclosures for hazardous equipment forms the largest part of MiniTec’s activity.

The versatile modular aluminium profile system lends itself perfectly to the almost infinitely variable requirements for the safe operation of equipment.

Whilst many machine and equipment manufacturers turn to the design and manufacturing services offered by MiniTec and equally large number of End Users turn to MiniTec to have the design, manufacture and installation of a machine guard or enclosure carried out by their team of experts.

Below are just three examples of typical machine guards and enclosures manufactured by MiniTec:

Comprehensive deign service, including online tools

The Design Engineers at Minitec can provide the customer with a comprehensive design specification, CAD drawings and installation instructions. Many customers also like to look at designing their own guard. The MiniTec iCAD online tool is the comfortable way to select and configure the hardware of our modular solutions. It comprehensively covers all planning and construction requirements. The combination of components and software enables the entire potential for rational, flexible and modern mechanical engineering to be tapped. In addition, another app available from MiniTec calculates the deflection of aluminium profile systems and linear slideways. It will calculate values for applications in both vertical and horizontal designs. The values for both load and length are stored until the application has been completed thus making a comparison of different profile systems quick and easy.

Assembly on site

Once a design concept has been agreed with the client, MiniTec will manufacture and assemble the guard or enclosure at their facility and once testing and approval of the guard is obtained, the customer can carry out the final installation themselves or MiniTec will provide this service.

Re-usability – no wastage

At the heart of the MiniTec system is the unique Powerlock fastening method which requires no specific preparation, pre-machining or special tools and uses standard off the shelf fasteners

The use of standard M8 fasteners reduces the cost of the overall package of profiles and locking system considerably compared with many other systems which incorporate brand specific locking systems. Thus the only tool required to set up or dismantle a system is an Allen Key.

This feature also means that should the guard or enclosure have to be dismantled and moved or modified then all of the existing parts could be re-used thus avoiding unwanted wastage of costly items.

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