Machine protection doors: protecting people and enhancing productivity

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Machine protection doors are found in many areas of industrial production - they are required to meet stringent safety requirements. While they primarily protect personnel from accidental injury during the production process, they can also guarantee a fault-free and reliable production process.

Example: machine protection doors in the automotive industry

The automotive industry is torn between low-cost production, efficiency, and safety. Safety requirements and the production demands put upon them differ at every step of the production line, from the stamping plant to body shop thru the paint shop and on to the actual assembly lines.

To better understand the role of machine protection doors we took a look at how they balance the demands of production with safety in the automotive industry:

Integrated operations

Machine protection door controls are integrated into the process that goes on behind the door. This ensures that there is no unintentional start-up of the robots or machinery behind the door. When the machine protection door is closed the machinery working behind them can operate, but when the door is open, the machinery cannot work. This not only protects workers from accidental damage, but it also ensures that the processes are clear of disruption and safe from any potential damage.

Specified features

Machine protection doors are space savers – due to their durable build, less safety clearance is required between robots and workers compared to alternative guards such as light curtains. This also means that processes are more efficient as proximity saves time.

They can also be fitted with features that are suitable for the machines and people they protect. Viewing windows are optional to allow for safe monitoring of the production process. When laser protection is needed or a door with no deflection of the curtain is needed the doors are available is a rigid format with an aluminum curtain. These optional features mean that at every stage a machine protection door offers optimal protection.

Efficient opening and closing

Machine protection doors can be optimized for short opening and closing cycles. The cycle times support efficient processes and minimize the risk of injury to personnel. They are also suitable for continuous operation – being hardwearing and having a long life. For production processes where work is suspended from above, there are also doors that close from the bottom upwards.

Watch a machine protection door in action to see exactly how it improves safety and productivity. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more.