protection of conveyors and doors while still allowing materials to be
loaded/unloaded by forklift
to withstand impacts of over 10,000 lbs at 4 mph
coated safety yellow for durable finish
An international producer of surgical
equipment, pharmaceuticals, and vision care products required machine guarding
for two processing cells at its Huntington, WV facility. The customer manufacturers, packages and
supplies a world leading brand of intraocular lens out of the facility,
requiring the highest quality and optimization of process controls.
The two processing cells use
state-of-the-art technologies which require products to be loaded and unloaded by
forklift. Therefore the customer
required the appropriate machine guarding solution to ensure uptime and avoid
costly repairs. The safety guarding needed to be designed for protection while still allowing forklifts to get
close enough to properly handle materials.
Engineers from the Huntington
facility contacted AJ-Allegheny Systems, a local Material Handling Equipment
distributor, to help them source a hard guarding product that could be
customized to meet their needs.
Appropriate consideration was given to the overall width (72”) and
various rail heights dependant on the individual station, so that the forks and
outriggers of the lift truck could not come in contact with the conveyor and
door equipment. Additionally, the base
plates of the upright posts needed to be turned so that they also would not
interfere with the forklifts ability to reach the pallets of materials. The customer SpaceGuard Products’ AisleGuard,
a heavy-duty machine guarding product constructed of 4” x 8” x 4” formed
7-gauge channel with through bolt connections to 4” square tube posts for the
ultimate protection. AisleGuard is
powder coated safety yellow for a durable finish easily distinguishable from
the nearby equipment. Once installed, Kenny
Saul owner of AJ-Allegheny Sytems voiced his satisfaction: “I am very happy
with the product and so is my customer.
We plan on this being the first of many orders for AisleGuard machine