Machine guards are put in place to separate people from a physical hazard caused by a machine. These fixed perimeter guarding pieces often combine with other safety devices, chosen based on a risk assessment to create a safe working environment. WireCrafters offers many safety features to consider when selecting machine guarding for your workplace.
It’s handy to utilize a machine guarding option with a lift-off design, which will allow you to remove the panels while making hardware adjustments to the machine itself. In addition, WireCrafters machine guard panels remain attached to the posts holding them together, so you do not need to dismantle them for direct access to the device.
Safety Gate Switches
Safety gate switches connect movable doors with the power source of the machine. They prevent the machine from harming the operator or damaging itself by ensuring that it does not operate while the door is in operation. WireCrafters offers several safety gate switch options – from locking and non-locking to Ethernet/CIP Safe and Profinet/Profisafe networked safety interlocks from a variety of manufacturers.
Trapped Key Interlocks
Trapped key interlocks are mechanical devices that hold the machine guard closed until it is safe to enter the area. They are a way to provide secure access to a dangerous area without running a cable to a safety gate switch on the door by transferring a key to the mechanical door interlock once the control power has been isolated.
Light curtains are a helpful safety feature in cases where physical doors are not needed, but safe access is a requirement. These additions shut down the hazardous area once the light beam is interrupted to keep your workers safe. WireCrafters supplies a wide range of light curtains and provides mounting kits that fit the machine guard fencing posts.
Welding environments call for additional safety features, and weld curtains are by far the most common. They protect your personnel from welding flash and sparks. WireCrafters offers these curtains as additions in various colors and sizes to best suit your welding environment.
Safety is the top priority for WireCrafters; that is why we offer a variety of add-ons for your machine guards to facilitate it. Contact one of our sales reps today for more information.