Why use sheet metal machine guarding panels within an automation facility?

The type of machine guarding panel to use depends on the specific application and the level of protection required. Each type of panel has its own advantages and disadvantages.Sheet panels are made of solid material and provide the most protection against impact or insights. They are often used in high-risk applications where a high level of protection is necessary. Sheet metal panels are often used in automation facilities to provide a physical barrier between workers and automated machinery. There are several reasons why these panels are important:

 

There are several reasons why sheet metal panels may be preferable to mesh or plastic panels when it comes to automation:

Safety: One of the most important reasons to use sheet metal machine guarding panels is to protect workers from the hazards of automated machinery. These panels can prevent workers from coming into contact with moving parts, flying objects, welding robots or other potential hazards. By using machine guarding panels, employers can create a safer work environment for their employees.

Privacy: In some cases, sheet metal panels may be preferred for privacy reasons. For example, if a facility contains sensitive equipment or processes, like welding robots,  sheet metal panels can prevent unauthorized personnel from seeing or accessing these areas.

Durability: Sheet metal panels are generally more durable than mesh panels. They can withstand heavy impacts and are less likely to become damaged or warped over time. This can save companies money on replacement costs and reduce the need for frequent maintenance.

Noise reduction: Sheet metal panels can also provide better noise reduction than mesh panels. They can help contain noise from machinery and reduce the overall noise level in the facility, which can improve the working environment for employees.

Hygiene: Sheet metal panels are easier to clean and sanitize than net panels. They do not have the same nooks and crannies where bacteria and other microorganisms can grow, which means they can be more easily sterilized and kept clean.

 

Many countries have strict regulations regarding workplace safety, and using machine guarding panels can help facilities meet these requirements. Compliance with safety regulations not only protects workers, but it can also help companies avoid fines and other penalties.

The choice of machine guarding panel will depend on the specific requirements of the application, taking into consideration factors such as the size and type of objects being guarded against, the level of protection required, and the environment in which the panel will be installed.

Consulting with a safety expert or supplier can help you make an informed decision!

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