Benefits of Machine Safety

Compliance with Safety Standards

Implementing safety measures can help reduce liability for employers and demonstrate compliance with safety standards to appropriate regulatory agencies.

OEMs who integrate safeguarding into their machines enjoy a ready market for their easy-to-use, pre-integrated machines. 

Increased Productivity

Safeguarding machines benefits workers and manufacturers alike by reducing lost work days due to injury, increasing productivity, and improving worker morale. 

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More Safety Solutions

Learn about more machine guarding solutions from Banner Engineering.

Area and Gate Guarding on Automotive Assembly Line
Area and Gate Guarding on Automotive Assembly Line

A car travels along a conveyor into a hazardous area guarded by an SGS Series Safety Grid System. As the car approaches, the SGS Grid is temporarily muted to allow the car to pass without stopping the conveyor. While the Grid is muted, there is the risk that a worker will attempt to enter the hazardous area through the interlocked breakaway guard, putting the worker in a dangerous situation and presenting the possibility that the worker will be struck by the moving car.

Depalletizer Guarding with Muting
Depalletizer Guarding with Muting

Banner’s Type 4 EZ-Screen with a muting is ideal for depalletizer stations with robots because the screens ensure safety standards are maintained while allowing for a free flow of pallets, increasing throughput. The muting allows for a pallet skid to be transferred without shutting down the conveyor or robot cell, helping optimize product flow throughout the distribution center. There is a timing function set at a constant speed that allows for a continuous flow of pallets.

Depalletizer Guarding with Muting Pair
Depalletizer Guarding with Muting Pair

The design of our EZ-SCREEN muting light curtains allows for a free flow of pallets while keeping the dangerous area guarded to shut down the machines if any workers were to enter the space. The muting option on the EZ-SCREENs lets a pallet skid be transferred without the need to shut down or reset the machine, which would usually slow down the production line. The muting option is necessary in the beverage industry for certain assembly procedures to run smoothly.

Dual-operator Robotic Work Station
Dual-operator Robotic Work Station

Banner Engineering’s EZ-SCREEN LS is able to address the challenges of safeguarding multiple access points to a hazard with its automatic cascade feature. This advanced feature allows up to four light screen sets, of any size and resolution, to be connected in a series with as few as one cable to lead back to the control cabinet and one single dual channel safety interface, saving panel space.

End-to-End Safety Sensing
End-to-End Safety Sensing

The solution requires the sensor to mount snugly within a machine opening, with continual end-to-end sensing that leaves no gaps. This enables the light screen to be located a minimum distance from the machine hazard point, using minimal floor space (which reduces the reach for the operator), and eliminating snag and aesthetic issues. At 28 mm x 26 mm (1.1" x 1"), Banner's EZ-SCREEN LP safety light screen is incredibly compact and can mount in tight spaces.

Guarding Conveyor Entry on Palletizer Machines
Guarding Conveyor Entry on Palletizer Machines

Safeguarding palletizer machines present many challenges to keep personnel safe and maintain efficient production. The new SGS Safety Grid with muting arm bar kit protects the dangerous robotic machinery while allowing boxes to pass through the Grids without stopping production. The muting arms can recognize if anything other than a box passes through the Grids and will trigger a machine stop on the palletizer.

Guarding Personnel at Meat Slicing Machine in a Harsh Environment
Guarding Personnel at Meat Slicing Machine in a Harsh Environment

Safety light screens on a meat slicer protect operators from sharp blades while in operation. The environment is harsh and frequently exposed to chemical washdowns. The EZ-SCREEN LS with hygienic enclosure keeps personnel safe while preventing water and chemical damage to the light screen.

Heat Stake Machine Safeguarding
Heat Stake Machine Safeguarding

In this example, two sides of a heat stake machine require guarding because of separate operator load and unload stations. On each side of the station, two safety light screens protect workers; one with a 48" vertical light screen for area guarding and one with a 12" inclined light screen to guard the point of operation where the tool is loaded and unloaded.