Safety Considerations When Purchasing Compounding Machinery
Rubber and rubber compounds are used widely amongst modern, manufactured goods. As with any manufacturing process, there are a number of safety concerns to consider within factories that produce and mix rubber products. However, the broad use of rubber compounds means that it is commonly produced, making safety considerations even more important for factory and machinery operators.
Safety in Design
Promoting safety begins with the equipment itself. For example, a rubber milling machine should have multiple properly functioning safety features within its design that make its operation secure and efficient. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a branch of the United States Department of Labor, a number of standards exist within the rubber and plastics industries to ensure operator safety.
2. Safety trip controls are required to be present both in front and behind the mill. These safety trip controls are activated immediately upon contact and can come in several different forms:
- Pressure-sensitive body bars
- Safety tripwire
3. Trip and emergency switches present on the machinery should be designed so that they must be reset manually. Automatically resetting emergency switches are not permissible on mills.
4. Each rubber milling machine should have a stopping limit that is determined by the maximum surface speed of the rolls, regardless of the rolls’ size and arrangement.
5. Any auxiliary equipment accompanying the mill should be placed or installed in such a way that it does not hinder access to or functioning of any of the above safety features.
Quality Means Security
In addition to equipment design, high quality of machinery is essential. F.A.S. Machinery is devoted to building the highest quality mixers that will require the least amount of maintenance and upkeep. With three generations of dedication to optimization of the compounding industry, you can be confident that internal mixers purchased from F.A.S. will uphold the highest standards of quality and safety.
Finally, a properly functioning machine is a safer machine, which is why F.A.S. is not only committed to providing long-lasting and quality equipment, but also spare parts for when your machinery might not be operating at its best and needs repairs. Acting quickly when repairs are necessary guarantees the most security for machinery operators, and F.A.S. is ready and willing to help.