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Modular Mind Magazine - Page 5 What Goes Into Guarding



n important feature of guarding equipment is the ability to mount other components to the guard. Examples of this can be found in several applications, commonly in factory automation. By using a custom T-slot frame, a robotic arm with wires and motor casing can be attached directly to a guard. This reduces safety hazards and increases productivity and space utilization.

All safeguards must meet or exceed the following six requirements:

Prevent contact Be secured to the machine, oor, wall Protect from falling objects Does not create a new hazard Does not create interference Allows for safe lubrication

SAFETY DEVICES - As always, safety should be a priority when designing machine guards. Use materials where you can easily mount safety devices such as light curtains, relays, control bars, foot switches, timers and push buttons directly to the guards.

Integrating Safety Components

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