Woven Wire: A Flexible Advantage

The Challenge

An International leader in Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) was evaluating different protective guarding technologies to include a large custom designed system.  The solution not only needs to meet OSHA machine guarding specifications that properly prevent personnel from coming in contact with the automated equipment, but it also needed to provide a safety barrier should an item fall or slip from the machines. With a variety of mesh infills and framing members to choose from among these technologies, the solution would need to absorb the kinetic energy of any falling items.

One final consideration for this particular system was that space in the facility was limited. Therefore a barrier guarding solution that has minimal growth due to the posts would allow them to work within the contained space while still maximizing the number of standard components used to keep price and lead times down. In fact, they needed a guarding system that would be ready as soon as possible.

The Solution

The customer chose FordLogan woven wire partitions, a proven industry standard manufactured by SpaceGuard Products, an active member of the Woven Wire Products Association (wovenwire.org).  FordLogan utilizes a 10-ga diamond woven wire mesh that meets all code requirements by not allowing a 2-inch diameter ball to pass through the mesh with 50-lb of lateral force applied.  The woven wire is stronger than welded mesh options due to its shape and the triple intermediate crimp between wire intersections.  The design also makes the mesh more flexible to better withstand and absorb side impact.

Being that both time and space were limited, FordLogan was the perfect solution as its posts have minimal growth to the overall dimensions of the system, unlike many welded wire systems. As a bonus, all of the doors can be reversed in the field (just in case the floor plan turns out to be different than was originally planned). The entire customized cage was designed to use all standard sized doors, panels, and posts. Doing this kept the price low and also allowed us to ship the material in 48 hours!

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