Automated Barrier Door and Steel Fencing Form Safety Cell Around Robotic Processes

Monday, April 04, 2016

Rite-Hite Machine Guarding Defender Cell restricts access and provides point-of-operation guarding around potentially dangerous automated and automatic processes including stretch-wrap machine operations. It incorporates perimeter safety products – Rite-Hite’s RoboGuard steel-wire fencing and point-of-operation guarding with a high-speed , automated barrier door, the Defender – into one four-sided safety cell.
“Automated processes are making distribution centers and warehouses more efficient, but a lack of regulations makes certain applications a widely unprotected danger,” says Eric Esson, Rite-Hite Machine Guarding product manager. “It’s important to adhere to OSHA’s most basic guidelines by keeping employees and potential bystanders safe during these operations. The Defender Cell offers a solution in one package.”
Constructed of eight-gauge welded steel wire, RoboGuard effectively restricts workers and bystanders from entering dangerous work spaces where machinery might be moving. The fencing is easily  customizable to accommodate various applications and designs. The Defender’s high-speed, high-cycle automated door safely separates machine operators and manufacturing processes at the point-of–operation, while also allowing safe and easy access to the process cell once it has powered down. Additionally, the roll-up design leaves a small physical footprint. As more suppliers incorporate robots into daily operations – automatic stretch-wrapping, robotic palletizing and automated conveyors – it’s critical that the safety methodologies used are similar to that of other robotic processes and are compliant with applicable standards.
“Companies don’t have to sacrifice efficiency in the name safety,” says Esson. “The Defender Cell is proof that potentially dangerous automated processes can be made safer.”
About Rite-Hite
Rite-Hite Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of material handling systems designed for maximum safety and productivity. Principal product lines include: trailer restraints, dock levelers, integrated controls, dock seals and shelters, industrial power doors, HVLS fans and aftermarket products and services. For more information, visit or call 1-800-456-0600.
The information herein is provided as a general reference only regarding the use of the applicable products in generic applications. The specifications stated here are subject to change.
Andy Larsen, Boelter + Lincoln
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Eric Esson, Rite-Hite Machine Guarding
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