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BSIF Safety Awards

Posted 29-03-2017
Great news for Procter Machine Guarding; we have won a prestigious UK award for our success in delivering customer service excellence.

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Why control noise emissions from machines?

Posted 22-01-2017
Jeremy Procter explains why it is important to control noise emissions from machines.

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European Week for Safety and Health at Work

Posted 19-10-2016
Procter Machine Guarding, which as well as being the leading machinery guarding specialist in the UK also works extensively throughout Europe and further afield, is supporting the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which runs from 24 to 30 October 2016.

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Achieve compliance through British Standards

Posted 18-10-2016
Within the manufacturing industry there are a lot of rules and regulations which users need to comply with. Over many years there have been a lot of changes to the British and International safety standards, adding more rules & regulations. This is all consistent with the objective to make the manufacturing industry a safer working environment.

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Would you like a cost-effective compliant modular guarding system?

Posted 13-10-2016
Procter machine guarding have decided to create a brand new brochure for their Satech range of guarding. The new brochure contains all you need to know about the cost effective perimeter guarding that Procter supply.

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Machine guarding requirements with respect to PUWER

Posted 10-10-2016
Procter Machine Guarding has published a new White Paper that explains the machine guarding requirements with respect to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

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machinery safety standard BS EN ISO 14122

Posted 09-10-2016
Procter Machine Guarding has published a new White Paper that explains the requirements laid down in the 2016 edition of BS EN ISO 14122, Safety of machinery – Permanent means of access to machinery, Parts 1 to 4.

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10 Things To Know About Machine Guarding Standards

Posted 02-09-2016
Guarding needs to be well designed if a machine is to operate safely and efficiently. Furthermore, guards should not be expensively over-engineered, nor should they detract from the machine's aesthetics. In all cases, however, they should be designed in accordance with the applicable national and international standards.

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UK Brexit vote

Posted 15-07-2016
Jeremy Procter, a Member of international and UK standards committees ISO/TC 199/WG 6 (Safety distances and ergonomic aspects) and BSI MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains the implications for machinery safety standards and regulations of the UK referendum in favour of leaving the European Union.

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EN 953 has now been superseded by EN ISO 14120

Posted 10-06-2016
A new list of Machinery Directive harmonised standards was published on 13 May and this includes, for the first time, EN ISO 14120. Most importantly, this new standard for fixed and movable guards superseded EN 953 on 31 May and there is no transition period.

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This article presents ten things about machine guarding standards. Furthermore, guards should not be

Posted 30-03-2016
Procter Machine Guarding has published the 11th edition of On Your Guard - A Designer's Guide to Machinery Guarding Standards. This is a substantial revision of the popular guide, with updated and reorganised tables of machinery safety standards, new statistics for accidents involving machinery, more illustrations, and amendments to the Useful Resources and Further Information sections. As a result of these changes, the guide now runs to 18 pages.

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Creating tunnel guards using modular components

Posted 18-03-2016
Satech is a modular ‘off the shelf’ range of guards that Procter stock in the UK.

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BS EN ISO 14123-1:2015 hazardous emissions

Posted 10-02-2016
Machine guards are normally designed to prevent workers from accessing hazardous parts of machinery and to protect against ejected parts. However, there is another risk that is not always given adequate consideration, namely hazardous substances emitted by machinery, which is covered in BS EN ISO 14123-1:2015.

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How to create doors with our door kit

Posted 08-01-2016
One of our frequently asked questions is “how do I create a door in the guarding cell I am installing?”

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White Paper explains EN349 and the minimum gaps

Posted 11-12-2015
Procter Machine Guarding has published a new White Paper that explains the requirements in EN 349, Safety of machinery. Minimum gaps to avoid crushing of parts of the human body.

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Fully assembled doors in Satech

Posted 23-11-2015
Here at Procter we hold up to a mile of stock of the Satech guarding range, a lot of our customer install this guarding themselves because of how intuitive it is.

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Full guarding for MeckTek Engineering

Posted 23-09-2015
Mechtek Engineering Consultancy Ltd is an ISO 9001 certified specialist mechanical engineering company with in-house design, project and direct service capability.

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New videos of satech modular guarding

Posted 26-08-2015
Procter Machine Guarding has added three new videos to its gallery [or YouTube channel] that clearly demonstrate the strength of the Satech modular perimeter guards and doors that the company supplies and installs.

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Machinery Safety downloads

Posted 15-08-2015
Procter Machine Guarding has a section of its website dedicated to free machinery safety downloads, all created to make life easier for machine builders, production engineers, health and safety managers and anyone who has responsibility for or who needs an understanding of machinery safety – and guarding in particular.

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Free White Paper: conveyor guarding explained

Posted 30-04-2015
Procter Machine Guarding has published a free White Paper, Conveyor Guarding – Safeguarding the hazards presented by conveyors, that discusses conveyor hazards, the regulations and standards relating to conveyor guarding, and the best approaches for adequately and cost-effectively ensuring conveyor safety without adversely affecting productivity.

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A Guide to Robot Cell Perimeter Guarding

Posted 18-03-2015
Jeremy Procter, a Member of standards committees ISO/TC 199/WG 6 (Safety distances and ergonomic aspects) and BSI MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, outlines the requirements for perimeter guarding of robot cells.

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Latest Version of BSI's PD 5304

Posted 03-02-2015
Procter Machine Guarding has published a free White Paper that explains the differences between BSI’s published document PD 5304:2014, Guidance on safe use of machinery, and the 2005 edition that is now superseded.

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Standard Machine Shop Guards

Posted 02-01-2015
Procter Machine Guarding recently acquired the Nelsa machine guards business of Rockwell Automation and is now promoting this high-quality range of standard machine shop guards to customers in Northern and Southern Ireland.

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Procter Machine Guarding Launches Responsive Website

Posted 08-12-2014
Procter Machine Guarding has redeveloped its website to make it responsive, which will benefit visitors using tablet computers, mobile phones and phablets. The layout and navigation for desktop and laptop computers remains largely unchanged, but people browsing on mobile devices will see a website that is reformatted to suit the screen size, orientation, aspect ratio and resolution. Where appropriate, the navigation is also altered to suit the device.

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Machine Guarding Standards ISO 14120 vs EN 953

Posted 03-12-2014
Procter Machine Guarding has published a free White Paper that explains the differences between the new international machine guarding standard ISO 14120 and the European standards it is replacing, EN 953.

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Is a Drill Guard Really Necessary?

Posted 16-09-2014
Jeremy Procter, a Member of BSI's MCE/3 committee, former Convenor of the European Standards Committee responsible for Machine Guards (CEN TC114 WG11), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, uses recent HSE reports of accidents and prosecutions to show how important it is for drilling machines to be equipped with guards.

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Easy Access to Reduced Maintenance Costs

Posted 06-08-2014
Within the manufacturing and process industries, huge efforts have been made in recent years to streamline production, optimise processes and, thereby, minimise production costs. Nonetheless, in the present economic climate there is still a need to reduce overheads, so many companies are seeking ways to cut their maintenance spend.

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Machinery Safety Distance Calculator is Free of Charge

Posted 20-05-2014
Procter Machine Guarding is offering a free Safety Distance Calculator for establishing the required safety distances and heights of machine guards in accordance with BS EN 294, 'Safety of machinery - Safety distances to prevent danger zones being reached by the upper limbs'.

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Webster and Bennett Machine Guarding

Posted 23-04-2014
This webster and bennett machine guarding system features sheet steel panels to waist height and polycarbonat above.  The two main front doors safe for the operator to do so via an electrical interlock.  When all doors are fully closed the machine is able to work again with full visibility from the user.

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Nelsa Machine Guards of Rockwell Automation

Posted 01-04-2014
Procter Machine Guarding has acquired the Nelsa machine guards business of Rockwell Automation, Inc.  The high-quality and reliable Nelsa machine guard range includes lathe guards, milling machine guards, drill guards, grinding wheel protective screens and chip guards. 

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New Guide to Machinery Guarding Standards from Procter Machine Guarding

Posted 02-03-2014
A new Guide to Machinery Guarding Standards has been published by Procter Machine Guarding, this being the tenth edition of ‘On Your Guard’.

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Guarding robot cells – Satech modular system offers multiple advantages

Posted 02-03-2014
Thanks to the design of the Satech modules and fasteners, robot cell guarding can be readily reconfigured if the robot is reprogrammed to perform a different task.

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Procter installs workshop guards for Tata Steel

Posted 02-03-2014
This case study explains how Procter Machine Guarding conducted a Machine Guarding Compliance Survey and was then contracted by Tata Steel to supply and install workshop guards.

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Angel guarding selected by Warwick Manufacturing Group

Posted 26-02-2014
Warwick Manufacturing Group, which is an independent centre of excellence within the engineering department at Warwick University, has selected the unique Angel modular machine guarding system from Procter Machine Guarding for a new installation around an automated self-pierce rivet system. Because of the frequently changing nature of research laboratories, the modular guarding is ideal in that it can be reused, reconfigured or extended quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

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Guards for bowling centre pinspotter pinsetter machine

Posted 06-01-2014
Procter Machine Guarding,  in partnership with ISS Safety Ltd, is offering a comprehensive service to manufacture and install guarding on pinspotting / pinsetter machines so bowling centre operators can meet their legal obligations to protect workers and members of the public.

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How to Specify a Modular Perimeter Guarding System

Posted 22-10-2013
One of the advantages of using a modular perimeter guarding system is that it requires significantly less engineering time and effort than designing perimeter guards from scratch. For systems such as the Satech range, which is available in the UK from Procter Machine Guarding, the requisite guards can be specified by following a simple step-by-step procedure. Moreover, to complement its supply and installation services, Procter Machine Guarding also offers to undertake a site survey and specify all of the components required, which makes life even easier for customers.

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Satech Machine Guards Series Differences Explained

Posted 25-09-2013
Procter Machine Guarding is a UK distributor for the cost-effective modular Satech perimeter machine guarding system. One of the main advantages of this system is that it is offered in different series to suit various types of application, so customers only pay for what they need. This article outlines the characteristics, explains the Satech series differences and explains how to choose between them.

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Calculator Updated To Suit New Risk Assessment Standard

Posted 17-09-2013
Procter Machine Guarding has redesigned its popular free Risk Assessment Calculator in line with the requirements of the recently published international standard EN ISO 14121-1:2007 (Safety of machinery. Risk assessment. Principles), which has replaced EN 1050.

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Guarding against Time and Cost Overruns

Posted 17-09-2013
Machine builders and users often find that guarding for new-build projects and upgrades takes longer than expected and that costs escalate accordingly. Rather than carrying out the work in-house, a better solution is to sub-contract the design, manufacture and installation to guarding experts, of which the UK's leader is Procter Machine Guarding. To illustrate the breadth of its capability, Procter is publishing new literature that is available free of charge to machine builders as well as users who need to bring their machinery guarding up to today's standard.

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New Accessories for Satech Modular Guarding

Posted 17-09-2013
Several new accessories are being launched for the Satech range of modular perimeter machine guards , which is already one of the most comprehensive on the market. All of the new components are available through Procter Machine Guarding, the sole Satech distributor for the UK and Ireland.

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Machine Accident Investigation Kit - Free

Posted 17-09-2013
A Machine Accident Investigation Kit (MAIK) is available free of charge from Procter Machine Guarding. This fourth edition of the popular resource for managers incorporates a number of changes to bring it up to date following changes in, for example, standards references and website addresses.

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Free email Newsletter Launched by Procter Machine Guarding

Posted 17-09-2013
As the UK's leading supplier, Procter Machine Guarding is in an unrivalled position to bring you news of developments in this important area of workplace health and safety. A free e-mail newsletter, 'On Your Guard', is being launched by Procter Machine Guarding to deliver news about machinery safety, developments at the HSE (Health & Safety Executive), and new legislation and standards.

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Safe Maintenance and The Role of Machine Guards

Posted 17-09-2013
The design of machine guards can play a major role in improving safety during maintenance operations, explains Jeremy Procter.

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New Design Guide for Machine Guarding

Posted 17-09-2013
Procter Brothers is publishing a new design guide for its unique Angel modular machine guarding system to assist those responsible for specifying and ordering perimeter guarding. The guide includes notes on machine safety issues - such as minimum reach distances - and the appropriate UK and European standards are listed for those readers who wish to know more.

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Angel Design Award

Posted 17-09-2013
Procter Brothers' Angel modular machine guarding system has been recognised as being one of the best British-designed products of 2002. Developed jointly by Procter Machine Guarding and Sanders Design Associates, a consultancy in Cardiff, the Angel system is one of six finalists - out of a total entry of 1600 - in the Industrial Product Design category of the prestigious 12th annual Design Week Awards.

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Modular Stores Compounds Save Money

Posted 17-09-2013
Little in life remains constant, and that is as true for manufacturers as for anybody else. Something that manufacturers are continually rearranging is the stores, both for raw materials and finished products.

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HSE Publishes Its Own Work at Height Training Information

Posted 17-09-2013
Falls from height remain the biggest cause of death in the workplace, with 67 recorded in Great Britain in 2003/04. It is believed that many of these deaths could have been avoided if sensible measures had been taken. In addition, nearly 4000 people suffered a serious injury as a result of a fall from height in the workplace during the same period.

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Modular Enclosures Are The Perfect Place for Robots

Posted 17-09-2013
Procter Machine Guarding's unique Angel modular machine guarding system is quite probably the simplest, most cost-effective and visually attractive way of constructing an enclosure around a robot installation. Furthermore, if the robot is ever reprogrammed to perform a different task, the Angel enclosure can quickly and easily be reconfigured to suit the new working envelope.

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Guarding for College Workshops

Posted 17-09-2013
Schools, colleges and other educational establishments in the United Kingdom have a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act, etc 1974 to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers and other persons who may be affected by the activities of the establishment.

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Guarding Against Temporary Hazards

Posted 17-09-2013
Since the introduction of the Health & Safety at Work Act over 25 years ago and, more recently, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and the Supply of Machinery Regulations, there will be few users and builders of machinery who are ignorant of the need to guard machinery. Guards often perform multiple functions, including protecting operators and maintenance personnel from mechanical hazards, ejected parts, harmful fluids, radiation and noise. The quality of the guard design can significantly affect not only the standard of protection offered, but also the productivity of the machinery; poorly designed guards invariably restrict output.

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