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Installing a Coupling Cover

Installing a Coupling Cover

Despite the inherent hazard of motor couplings, Machine Guard & Cover Co. finds many couplings improperly guarded or completely unguarded during site visits. Couplings are both exposed shafts and grab points that present hazards to anybody with loose clothing, hair or laces. In most cases where an attempt at guarding has been made, a piece …

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Installation of Turbine Shaft Guarding at Hydroelectric Dam

Turbine Shaft Guarding at Hydroelectric Dam

When designing turbine shaft guarding for hydroelectric dams, there are numerous challenges of size, space and simplicity that must be addressed. Although these aren’t exactly new challenges for Machine Guard & Cover Company, since we regularly work in environments where floor space is at a premium, some projects can still be daunting. We were approached …

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Plastic Mesh Coupling Cover

Plastic Mesh Coupling Cover

This water treatment facility had a cast pump housing with a coupling that required guarding. The shape of the housing and the constant rotation of the coupling provided an opportunity to use perforated plastic mesh as a guarding material. The plastic mesh was used as a template for locating the mounting points on the cast …

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Composite Guarding System for Fan Belt

Composite Guarding System for Fan Belt

The fan provides necessary cooling and ventilation for the new shop floor of Machine Guard & Cover Company. Unfortunately, the exposed fan blades and belt and pulley system create an unsafe work environment. Proper guarding will be required to maintain the guard functionality without impeding shop floor safety. At any shop, floor space is at …

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Machine Point Guarding

Machine Point Guarding

Point guarding addresses a single hazard location of a power transmission system with a physical barrier. This is a very common type of machine guarding solution. Point guarding has many benefits in addition to the safety provided by the guard. Maintenance staff and operators can work close to a machine to perform their tasks. Point …

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Enclosure Guarding

Machine Enclosure Guarding

Locations that contain very large moving assemblies may require an enclosure guarding system. This technique, also known as barrier guarding or area guarding, creates a large barrier around the entire assembly instead of just the hazard location. Access points to the enclosure should be secured following company policy, such as a personal or departmental lock. …

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Coupling Guards for Pump and Motor Assembly, Before and After

Case Study: Coupling Guards for Pump and Motor Assembly

The Challenge Machine Guard & Cover Co. was asked by the Army Corps of Engineers in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to bring seven pump and motor coupling assemblies up to current ANSI B11.19-2010 guarding safety standards. The couplings were covered by bent metal covers that were installed years ago and no longer provided adequate protection …

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OSHA Safety Fee Violation Increases in 2016

The bipartisan budget, passed by both the House and the Senate and signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, contains provisions that will raise OSHA penalties for the first time in 25 years. The changes in the budget go into effect in 2016, with the new penalties coming into effect by August 1, 2016. …

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Generator Turbine Shaft

Case Study: Hydroelectric Plant Shaft Guard

Machine Guard & Cover Co. specializes in both stock machine guards and bearing covers, as well as in-house tooling and manufacturing of custom parts. The Challenge Low head hydraulic power plants have turbines set at or close to the discharge level of the water, with a generator placed above the turbine. (See Figure 1) These …

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Outsourcing Safety Guards

Why Outsourcing Safety Guards Makes Sense

Although adding a guard to a machine seems like an easy finishing touch, it can prove to be more difficult than originally thought. Taking the time to fabricate a guard can pull a person away from their own system development, or from their main projects. Many companies consider outsourcing their physical guard manufacturing for the …

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