Guards, enclosures and covers for OEMs
Procter Machine Safety is a leading supplier of guards, enclosures and covers for manufacturing machines. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) benefit from outsourcing this aspect of the machine to us because it enables them to focus on their core competences.
OEMs we have worked with in the UK and overseas include Asquith Butler, Yamazaki Mazak, AB Marwin, Landis Lund, Jones & Shipman, Colchester Lathes, Cross, Giddings & Lewis, Lamb Technicon and Webster & Bennett.
We provide guarding, enclosures and covers for CNC machining centres, CNC and manual milling machines, lathes, turning centres, vertical boring machines, drilling machines, grinding machines, saws, cutting machines (laser, plasma, water jet and oxy-fuel), punching machines, press brakes, large-format digital printers, and 3D printers (sometimes referred to as rapid prototyping (RP), rapid manufacturing (RM) and additive manufacturing (AM) machines). In addition, we serve manufacturers of test rigs, inspection systems, assembly cells and assembly lines.
Our immense experience in this field enables us to achieve the optimum design for safety, productivity, maintainability and aesthetics. The guards, enclosures and covers are usually manufactured from sheet steel with viewing panels of polycarbonate or safety glass. Steel components are finished in abrasion-resistant paint or a tough polyester powder coating to provide an excellent aesthetic and protection from swarf, cutting fluids and other substances.
For some customers we import their CAD files and manufacture to these designs, while other OEMs entrust our specialists with the design. We can also work with industrial designers to achieve your desired aesthetic.
Safe access to machines is vital for efficient loading, unloading, set-up, operation, cleaning and maintenance. Depending on the requirements, we incorporate doors – which might be hinged, sliding (on straight or curved tracks), rise-and-fall or powered roller types – and lift-off or hinged access panels. Safety light curtains can be installed where rapid unimpeded access is required, provided there is no risk from ejected particles or hazardous emissions. Appropriate safety measures are applied to panels and doors, ranging from captive fasteners through to high-integrity interlocks.
For noisy machines we can add sound attenuation to create acoustic enclosures and meet the appropriate legal requirements. Other options include coolant and swarf handling systems, dust and fume extraction, and control panels or consoles.
Sheet metal components are processed using our state-of-the-art CNC punch press and press brake, and we have in-house welding and powder coating. We therefore maintain control over quality and lead times for the entire production process.
Finished guards are trial-assembled at our factory prior to despatch to ensure everything fits as it should.
If required, our highly trained and experienced fitters can install guards, enclosures and covers at times to suit your production schedules.
Our machine safety design experts have over 250 years of knowledge and experience between them, as well as a detailed working knowledge of the relevant British, European and International standards. We will work closely with you to ensure your guards comply with the relevant standards so you can CE mark your machines to the Machinery Directive.
We adhere to an ISO 9001 Quality Management System covering the design, manufacture and installation of machine guards.