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Industrial Safety Products – Keeping Your Facility, Equipment, and Your Employees Safe

What does it take to keep a facility safe? Industrial safety products include a huge array of safety products, from spill containment products to spill clean up products and many more.

However, since spill management products are members of such huge categories of their own, let’s focus on the kinds of safety products that protect from other mishaps, including bumps, scrapes, and other damage caused by collisions and similar incidents.

And preventing or ameliorating those kinds of damage requires a whole different category of products, many of them involving padding or creating some kind of barrier to keep equipment and physical structures safe. Of course, some of them can protect people as well.

Here are some of the main types of industrial safety products:

1) Bollards and posts

Bollards and posts are great for protecting equipment, physical structures, and even people from heavy equipment — and even regular vehicles.

In fact, bollards are among the products that have crossed over into non-industrial settings as well. And as you’d expect, entire lines of bollards have appeared that are designed to look attractive while still doing a great job of keeping machinery or cars away from sensitive areas.

2) Machine guards

Machine guards are a distant relative to bollards — they’re designed specifically to keep machines safe. Their shape is a bit different, but the idea is the same: keep heavy machinery and other equipment away from machines.

3) Bollard covers

While bollards are sturdy, they can take a lot of abuse. And in order to prevent too many scrapes and dents, you can get bollard covers and keep them looking good for years to come. In fact, once the bollard covers look a little ratty, you can simply replace them with new ones. Installation is a breeze since you simply pull the covers over the bollards.

4) Wall and Corner Protectors

The padding principle is also used in the case of wall and corner protectors. Vehicles and heavy machinery frequently bump onto walls and corners, and repairing those can get expensive.

Fortunately, wall and corner protectors provide a simple solution to that problem. Simply install them along critical areas, and they act like bumpers at bumper cars. Instead of the wall getting damaged, the wall or corner protectors get a scrape. Then again, they’re designed to take quite a beating, so they’ll look good for a long time before they have to be replaced.

Metal Fabrication Processes and Equipment for Production of High Performance Products

Metal fabrication refers to the process of combined operations that are used to make something out of metal. The equipment used to perform the operations are: metal shears, laser cutting machines, water-jets, turret punches, machining centers, press brakes, rollers, and welding machines.The most commonly used types of metals are carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Most metal fabricators buy metal in the shapes of sheet, bar, and tubing to begin the fabrication process.

Metal sheets are used as a starting basis for a very large variety of metal products and can be purchased in a variety of gauges or thicknesses. When the thickness of the sheet is 3/16″ or greater, it is then referred to “plate”. Sheets are fabricated into thousands of different types of items such as industrial machinery, augers, conveyors, electronic enclosures, brackets, machine components, appliances, food processing equipment, just to name a few.

The first process of sheet metal fabrication is often to either shear, laser cut, or punch shapes into it. The equipment used to perform these steps is a metal shear, a laser, and a turret punch. Sometimes all three of these operations may be used while the metal is still in a flat shape. Once the basic flat shape is achieved, the metal goes to the press brake machines to make the bends. This process is called forming. Dies in a variety of shapes are used in the press brake to make one bend or a series of bends to form the metal as specified on the prints. At this point, some projects may be complete and can then be shipped to its end use, but often it goes to the welding tables next.

Welding is a true art in itself. It is the job of the welder to take a pile of cut and formed shapes, read the prints, then weld the metal pieces together for the final product. There is a plethora of welding techniques that can be used and it is important for the welder to use the appropriate procedure in order to get a good penetrating weld that will not fail. Welders must know how to deal with the expansion and shrinking of metal as it is heated during the welding process, then cools. Many metal fabrications, especially machine parts, have narrow tolerances that must be met. Fixtures are widely used by welders to help them quickly put the pieces together and hold them in the right place while they are welding them together.

Metal tubing and barstock is another common item purchased by metal fabricators. Railings and machine frames are two very common places that metal tubing and bar is used. Tubing is made in square, round, or rectangular shapes with a common wall thickness of about 1/8″, referred to by the industry as 10 or 11 gauge, or schedule 40 pipe. The reason metal tubing is commonly used is because it provides a lot strength with less metal than solid bar. Large tubing, 2-4 inches in diameter is used to fabricate railings that are installed along highway bridges where a very strong railing is needed should a vehicle crash into it. Using tubing as opposed to solid bar translates to less weight and lower cost, both desirable to the end user of metal fabrications. However, there are still many cases where solid bar is preferred. One case would be the shaft of a screw conveyor. There is extreme pressure applied by a motor to turn the auger and solid metal is necessary for successful operation of the screw conveyor. Many railings are also made of bar stock or made of a combination of bar and tubing. Bar is used on applications where the railing doesn’t have to be super heavy duty and thinner bars are desired.One half to 1 inch bar is widely used for railings in both residential and commercial purposes. Metal railings when made out of galvanized, painted, or stainless steel fabrication can be expected to last a lifetime with little to no maintenance.

Strength, low to no maintenance.Long lasting. That’s the beauty of metal. That’s why so many products are made with metal. Metal fabricators have the machinery and knowledge of how to take base metals that are melted and manufactured by steel factories, and turn them in to very useful products that can last a lifetime.