This category includes simple barriers that are affixed permanently to a machine to act as a shield to prevent contact with body parts, or to prevent the spray of chips, sparks, and other debris. Fixed guards are not dependent on moving parts to function, and are typically constructed of a material that is substantial enough to withstand whatever impact it receives during the fabricating process. Fixed guards can be constructed of sheet metal, bars, wire cloth, plastic or mesh screens, and can be suitable to high production, repetitive operations.
The Bench Grinder Safety Gauge from Rockford Systems ensures compliance with OSHA 1910.215 by making sure work-rests are kept adjusted to within 1/8 in of the wheel to prevent the workpiece from being jammed between the wheel and the rest and potentially breaking the wheel.
Wilgard XT, MT, and LT structural steel end-of-aisle rack protectors from Wildeck guard against fork truck impact at rack aisle corners in busy storage facilities, warehouses, and distribution centers.
Strong and economic Machine Guarding Systems from WireCrafters are used in robotic welding cells and around machinery where employee safety and protecting critical equipment are required.
Environmental Health & Safety Industry News
Boston Engineers Develop Low-Cost ‘Robotic Lung’ – Seek Manufacturers for Mass Production
To help tackle ventilator shortages both in the U.S. and around the world, two robotics experts founded The Ventilator Project, and, with a cast of many partners – corporate manufacturing to garage innovators – they’ve built a prototype for rapid FDA approval. They hope to recruit more manufacturing partners and achieve production of 60,000 units a month by the end of summer.
Keep Your Distance: System Alerts Workers When They’re Too Close
Triax Technologies has developed Proximity Trace, which emits an alert with escalating volume to remind industrial and construction employees about social distancing protocols. Affixed to a wearable device, it also maintains a reliable record for contact tracing if a worker contracts COVID-19.