Machine guarding for manufacturing industry
Procter Machine Safety is a leading designer and manufacturer of machine guards, having supplied guarding to manufacturing businesses for a century. From our base in South Wales, we operate throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Middle East and elsewhere. Our expertise in this field is one reason why customers across a broad range of sectors trust us to create standards-compliant guarding that protects employees without affecting productivity or maintenance.
Previous customers include:
Why guard machines in the manufacturing industry?
Employers have legal and moral obligations to ensure the safety of employees, and machine guarding also helps to avoid costly downtime by preventing accidents.
- New machines 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).
Both the Machinery Directive and PUWER require suitable safeguards to be in place.
We undertake all aspects of the work:
- machine surveys
- risk assessments
- stakeholder consultations
- mechanical 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 will supply one of these types of machine guarding or an optimal combination:
- standard workshop guards
- close-fitting sheet metal guards
- modular perimeter guarding in steel or aluminium, with wire mesh, sheet steel or polycarbonate infill panels
- fixed and movable bespoke guarding or enclosures (sheet steel, wire mesh, stainless steel or polycarbonate, with optional fume extraction, swarf conveyors, etc)
- bespoke acoustic enclosures
In addition, we offer:
- preinstalled interlocks
- light guards and other safety devices
- bespoke access platforms, stairs and fixed ladders
- Mechanical and electrical installation
Design and construction Our expert designers 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 manufacturing companies in European 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 timescales.
Our ISO 9001 Quality Management System covers the design, manufacture and installation of machine guards.