Machine guarding for the aerospace industry
Procter Machine Safety is a leading manufacturer of machine guards, with a track record of excellence in the aerospace industry. From our base in South Wales, we supply high-quality guards throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Middle East and elsewhere. Our specialisation in this field is one reason why customers in the aerospace industry trust us to supply high-integrity, standards-compliant machine guards that do not adversely affect productivity.
Previous customers include:
Why use machine guarding in the aerospace industry?
All employers, at all levels in the supply chain, have legal and moral obligations to ensure the safety of workers. Furthermore, guarding helps to prevent unauthorised interventions in critical processes, and contributes to the prevention of accidents that would otherwise result in costly downtime and scrap.
- New machines placed on the market in the EU must be CE marked to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
- Existing machines need to be assessed periodically to ensure compliance with PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations) in the UK; similar health and safety legislation protects workers in other jurisdictions.
Both the Machinery Directive and PUWER require suitable safeguards to be in place.
We undertake all aspects of machine guarding for the aerospace sector:
- machine surveys
- risk assessments
- stakeholder consultations
- mechanical installation and electrical installation at times to suit you – such as overnight, at weekends or during scheduled shutdowns
- modifications to safety-related control systems to accommodate new safety devices
Types of guarding
Depending on your application and requirements, we supply one or more types of machine guard:
- fixed and movable bespoke guarding or enclosures (sheet steel, wire mesh or polycarbonate, with optional fume extraction, swarf conveyors, soundproofing, etc)
- modular perimeter guarding in steel or aluminium, with infill panels of wire mesh, sheet steel or polycarbonate
- bespoke acoustic enclosures
- standard workshop guards
In addition, we offer:
- preinstalled interlocks
- light guards and other safety devices
- bespoke access platforms, stairs and fixed ladders
- partitioning to separate walkways, production, stores, quarantine areas, etc
- modular cleanrooms
Design and construction
Our experts have a total of 250 years of experience in machine guarding, as well as a detailed working knowledge of standards and regulations. For example, guards for European aerospace facilities meet the requirements of:
- EN ISO 12100
- EN ISO 14120
- EN ISO 13857
- other relevant machine-specific standards
If requested, we can also comply with your in-house standards.
Applying ergonomic principles ensures the guards do not hinder machine operation or maintenance.
All fabrication is undertaken in-house using our state-of-the-art CNC punch press and press brake, welding and finishing plant, meaning that we maintain complete control over quality and delivery times.
Our ISO 9001 Quality Management System covers the design, manufacture and installation of machine guards.