Modular aluminium profile systems – an essential part of machine safety
06 April 2018
MiniTec are able to provide a wide range of standard and customised machine safety enclosures – machine guards and cages which fulfil basic functions.
Even as machinery and equipment has become much more complex and sophisticated in recent years still the essence of “safe operation” remains largely unchanged and therefore the most basic solutions to ensure safe operation are also largely unchanged.
Sophisticated machine control systems with built in safety features are there to minimise risk and catastrophic consequences of machine error and failure yet little of this can replace the essential function that modular aluminium profile systems from MiniTec are able to provide.
MiniTec are able to provide a wide range of standard and customised machine safety enclosures – machine guards and cages which must fulfil two basic functions:
• To protect staff from getting to close to dangerous machine operations
• To ensure that the consequences of a machine malfunction which could result in components or machine parts flying off and injuring staff are minimised.
The robust German engineered aluminium profile system can be customised to meet almost any requirement. What is essentially an industrial meccano kit of parts can be designed and assembled to carefully enclose the machine and safeguard against the two principal objectives outlined above.
The machine guard or cage will not only consist of the protective surround but can also be enhanced with other safety features such as door interlocks to protect against accidental opening of access points whilst the machine is in operation. In addition it is quite common for signal lights to be deployed to give clear visual signals on the actual machine status – in operation or inactive for example.
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