Environmental Health & Safety

Electronic and non-electronic machine guarding systems related to the operation of metal forming and fabricating machinery, welding systems and metal cutting equipment. Also personal protective equipment (PPE), air handling systems, scrap and waste disposal systems, reporting systems and other devices and techniques used for OSHA and EPA regulatory compliance.

Reduce the Risk

The Smart Factory reduces insurance costs and increases productivity and profitability by investing in new systems with advanced technology to protect both workers and equipment. Here are some of the latest advances in protective equipment, safety automation and services, and more that can help make your shop become a safer workplace.
Experts
Adjustable Guards

Design Considerations for Robotic Welding Cell Safety

Inherent differences in robotic welding cells make it important to develop a safety strategy for each cell and select the optimal technologies to match that strategy.
Body Protection

Hidden Danger: Laundered Shop Towels

Millions of workers may be exposed to potentially harmful metals by using laundered shop towels that retain measurable levels of metals after commercial laundering.
Dust Filtration Systems

Media Mist Collection for Metalworking

The SHM SmogHog Media Mist Collector from CLARCOR Industrial Air uses a three-stage filtration process that progressively reduces the mist concentration, resulting in greater than 99 percent particle removal efficiency.
Eye and Face Protection

How to Identify Safe and Effective Emergency Eyewash — and the Hidden Dangers to Avoid

While the FDA states that ophthalmic drug products should be sterile, ANSI does not require that emergency eyewash solution or its delivery mechanism be sterile. Yet the dangers of administering non-sterile eyewash can have profoundly negative impacts on injured individuals, as well as their employers.
Head Protection

Zero Injuries: How Safety and Productivity Find Common Ground

TO meet the ANSI 87.1 regulation for shops regarding PPE compliance around eye, face and head protection, here are some ways on to ensure there is no compromise of workplace safety or productivity in eliminating PPE gaps in safety.
Hearing Protection

Hearing Conservation: Fit Testing for Heavy Fabrication

Fit testing advances hearing protection at the steel mill: even the best earplugs won’t work — if they’re not properly worn.
Machine Safeguarding

Safeguarding the Shop: Piping Job Shops for Oxy-fuel Efficiency, Safety and Performance

Ensuring optimal oxy-fuel operations safety and performance is dependent on proper equipment selection and adherence to sound practices.
Mats, Sensors and Other Automation

Using AI in Smart Robotic Palletizing Operations

Yaskawa Motoman robots perform logistics that were not practical or could not previously provide a suitable ROI for part induction, bin picking, kitting, and random and unstructured depalletizing.
Regulatory Compliance

The Brave New World of Obamacare

In the midst of a U.S. manufacturing renaissance, the disastrous rollout of Obamacare could put a crimp on manufacturers – particularly small shops. Of the nearly 11,000 pages (and counting) of new regulations imposed by this new law, no one really understands the full impact that lies ahead, what new regulations will be added, or how other arcane portions of the law will be changed in the future. Here is a general review of what we do know so far. 
Environmental Health & Safety: Products

How to Prevent Lift Operation by Untrained or Unauthorized Personnel

The Safety LiftLok System for vertical reciprocating conveyors from Wildeck includes passcode-protected digital keypad or key switch options to prevent lift operation by unauthorized personnel.

Safety Product Showcase

Take a closer look at some of the latest advances in safety equipment that might help you increase productivity, reduce worker risk and lower overall operating expenses.

Hollow-Shaft Encoders Provide Functional Machine Safety

Ideal for quick machine shut-off in dangerous situations, ECN/EQN/ERN 400 connection encoders from Heidenhain use a new shaft coupling for mechanical fault exclusion when connecting to the user’s machine shaft.