Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) announces the formation of the Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA). ProGMA will join the 18 other Industry Groups operating under the umbrella of MHIA. ProGMA members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of fixed protective guarding products designed to protect personnel, equipment, and inventory in industrial facilities.
Protective Guarding items range from fixed objects installed around articulating equipment, machinery, or material storage areas such as safety fence, netting, guard rail, and bollards to specialized switches designed to stop machine operation as well as safeguarding through visual or auditory aids. They are used in manufacturing, distribution and other industrial facilities to protect personnel, equipment, and inventory from workplace hazards.
ProGMA will work to enhance workplace safety by increasing awareness and developing standards for design and performance of protective guarding products. “ProGMA will provide end users with easy access to leading manufacturers of protective guarding products helping them find effective solutions for their operations,” says Ray Niemeyer, Educational Services Director and ProGMA Managing Executive
According to ProGMA Chairman, Eddie Murphy of SpaceGuard Products, Inc., "the positioning of the protective guarding industry as an Industry Group within MHIA presents substantial benefit to MHIA and ProGMA members." ProGMA Vice Chairman, Steve Diebold, President of WireCrafters LLC, added that “the extensive reach and educational resources of MHIA is invaluable to building awareness and recognition of protective guarding products and the work and membership of ProGMA."
Inaugural members of ProGMA are: