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.

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.
Experts
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.
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

Machine Guarding Systems for Robotic Welding Cells and More

Booth W-1348: Strong, reliable and extremely versatile Machine Guarding barriers from WireCrafters are an economical way to effectively protect personnel from dangers posed by automated equipment. Their crimped and woven wire mesh construction is resilient, resists dings, retains its shape and appearance, and allows easy integration of access doors or material-handling openings with system controls.
Machine Guarding Systems from WireCrafters are strong, reliable, and versatile physical barriers that easily integrate access doors or openings for material handling with system controls.

Machine Safety for Pneumatics

The 48-page guide covers topics such as international directives and standards, hazards vs. risks, risk assessment, estimating performance level, implementing safety functions, diagnostic coverage, common causes of failure (CCF) and sharing of AVENTICS expertise and sample circuits in areas such as fieldbus, air preparation and safety valves, plus locking and braking of equipment. 
This machine safety brochure from AVENTICS explains directives and standards for safety-related pneumatics through product applications and circuit diagrams.

CAD/CAM Nesting Software Improves Automated Cutting Efficiency and Profitability

ProNest 2017 CAD/CAM nesting software is ideal for advanced mechanized cutting of all profile cutting needs, including plasma, laser, waterjet, and oxyfuel. It helps fabricators increase their material savings, boost productivity, lower operating costs, and improve part quality.
ProNest 2017 from Hypertherm contains more embedded cut process expertise in the NC code than any other software, allowing shops to leverage other cutting technologies.