Bespoke guarding for paper mills and paper-making machinery
Why guard paper-making machines?
Paper Mill Guard PM005
Mesh Machine Guard PM001
Old Paper Mill Guard PM002
Stainless Steel Guard PM611
Stainless Steel Guard PM549
Stainless Steel Guard PM528
Stainless Steel Guard PM502
Machines in paper mills are typically characterised by heavy rolls and fast-moving webs, so contact by personnel carries a high risk of serious or fatal injuries. To maximise productivity, operators have traditionally had access at start-up, as well as during normal operation for cleaning and to clear blockages. Furthermore, papermaking machinery has a long operating life, so machines are still in use throughout Europe that were manufactured long before today’s safeguarding standards and regulations came into force. In addition, many machines have been modified without adequate guarding being added, and others have had guarding removed for maintenance but not replaced afterwards. Consequently there are several reasons why machine guarding in paper mills may need to be brought up to standard.
Procter Machine Guarding is a leading manufacturer of bespoke machine guards, with paper mills being an area of expertise for 60 years. From our UK base, we serve paper mills throughout Europe and beyond. Previous customers include DS Smith, Arjowiggins, Kimberly-Clark, SAICA, SCA, Mondi, International Paper and Smurfit Kappa
Compliance with standards
Most importantly, we undertake all aspects of the work, including machine surveys, risk assessments, design, manufacture, delivery and installation. Guards are designed to comply with all relevant standards and regulations. For example, bespoke guards for paper-making machines in Europe usually need to meet the requirements of:
- EN ISO 12100 (Safety of machinery. General principles for design. Risk assessment and risk reduction)
- EN ISO 14120:2015 (Safety of machinery. Guards. General requirements for the design and construction of fixed and movable guards)
- EN ISO 13857 (Safety of machinery. Safety distances to prevent hazard zones being reached by upper and lower limbs)
- EN 1034-1 (Safety of machinery. Safety requirements for the design and construction of paper-making and finishing machines. Common requirements)
In addition, papermaking machinery normally needs to comply with at least one other machine-specific part of EN 1034 (re-reelers, sheeters, calenders, etc).
Guards are frequently fabricated from stainless steel because of the wet environment, but we also manufacture guards from mild steel with either a galvanised or polyester powder coated finish. Depending on the application, infills are wire mesh, sheet steel or clear polycarbonate. Ergonomics are taken into account to ensure that guards do not hinder machine operation and maintenance. We undertake all fabrication in-house using our own CNC punch press and press brake, welding and finishing plant, meaning that we maintain complete control over quality and delivery dates. Our ISO 9001 Quality Management System covers the design, manufacture and installation of machine guards.
Interlocking and safety controls
Having undertaken a site survey and risk assessment, and discussed the machines with stakeholders, we will propose a combination of fixed guards, movable guards, electro-sensitive guards and nip guards. If guards need to be opened at least once per week, they are fitted with interlock switches, possibly with a rundown timer as well. We can install interlocks ready for the end user to connect or, if preferred, we can wire these into an existing or modified safety-related control system. We can also take responsibility for modifying the safety-related control system and connecting any new safety devices.
Because of their size, machines in paper mills may require access platforms so operatives and maintenance personal can work safely at all times. This is another area of expertise for us, with all of our bespoke access platforms, walkways, stairs, stepladders, fixed ladders and guard rails designed in accordance with EN ISO 14122 (Safety of machinery. Permanent means of access to machinery)
For installing guards and access platforms, we employ our own team of highly trained and very experienced fitters, and can carry out installations to fit in with customers’ production schedules.