A machine guard is a physical barrier designed to control risks and protect operators from contamination and mechanical hazards when handling dangerous machinery. Clear machine guards are especially useful when the operator needs to supervise a procedure that involves risks that cannot be eliminated.
When are clear machine guards necessary?
As opposed to opaque guards, clear machine guards allow the technician to oversee the process while safeguarded from impact, crushing, cutting, entanglement or abrasion. The machine parts that generally require safeguarding include:
- Belts and pulleys
- Gear wheels
- Shafts and spindles
- Slides and cams
- Tools and dies of power presses
- Blades of guillotines
- Milling cutters
- Circular saws
- Drills and chucks
In Australia, every state has occupational health and safety regulations. Generally, it is established that every employer in a plant has to manage the risks involved in using machinery at the workplace. All hazards must be identified, and whenever they cannot be eliminated, safeguarding is required.
Safeguarding with Industrial Plastics
Industrial plastics is known for designing and manufacturing machine guards from Polycarbonate, Acrylic and Clear PVC. Our expert engineers can design clear machine guards to fit existing machinery or fabricate custom guards. Every guard we design meets workplace health and safety legislation as well as Australian design standards AS 4024 Safety of Machinery.
Clear polycarbonate is generally the most popular sheet due to the following characteristics:
- High impact and temperature resistance
- Optical clarity
- Close tolerance machinability
We utilise an abrasion-resistant polycarbonate for fabrication where frequent cleaning is necessary, often occurring in the food industry. Several manufacturing industries use clear machine guards, as well as mining and other activities that involve large, heavy machinery with moving parts.
At Industrial Plastics, we are determined to innovate our approach to fabrication by employing the most efficient technology, guaranteeing we make the highest quality plastic products available. Our experienced team is always searching for ways to improve customizability through our advanced machinery and process knowledge. We understand how imperative plastic fabrication is to many businesses. Backed by our ISO 9001 accreditation, you can put trust in Industrial Plastics fabrication. If you are in the market for your own clear machine guards, contact us at [email protected] or call 1300 465 888.