Facilities managers who are shopping for a conveyor guarding system need to select one that will be best suited to their equipment and operating conditions. This article discusses some of the factors upon which you can assess the appropriateness of a given conveyor system for your application.
The first factor you should consider when selecting a conveyor guarding system is its strength. This will ensure that nobody can remove or dislodge it easily/accidentally. The strength is typically provided by numerous features, such as screws, lock fasteners and bolts. Your task is to consider the securement method that is most suitable for your application. For example, a guarding system with bolts may be better for you in case you intend to install that guarding system on a concrete pad into which the screws can be driven.
Effect on Workflow
You can also narrow down your options of conveyor guarding systems by assessing how each of the versions available will affect the ease with which work can be done. For example, it would be improper for you to select a system with a small mesh size in case such a guarding system will make it hard for your equipment operators to observe the conveyor system while it is working. Never select a conveyor guarding system that is likely to impede your employees as they go about their work.
Additional Risk Profile
Conveyor guarding systems are intended to safeguard employees from the numerous risks that are associated with the different components of the conveyor system. For example, the guard system should prevent employees' fingers from being pinched by the moving belt. However, some conveyor guarding systems may create additional risks in case the system selected isn't the best suited for a given application. For example, guards can create pinch points in case they are installed very close to some components of the conveyor system. This is particularly possible in case the guard has large openings through which an employee can slip his or her fingers. It is, therefore, better for you to think about the exact installation site so that you pick a guarding system that will not create more risks for your employees.
No conveyor guarding system will be ideal for all applications. Select the right one for your equipment by partnering with a professional who will evaluate your needs and recommend the most suitable options. You can then consider other factors, such as cost, when making the final selection.