The Quad Plus team was called out to perform a machine risk assessment for this customer in the paper coating and converting industry. The evaluation identified several machine hazards associated with the paper-slitting equipment that were not properly addressed by the plant’s machine safety plan.
Hazard identification by our machine safety consultant also revealed problems with the in-floor conveyor equipment used for material handling. The in-floor conveyor was identified as the primary concern as it posed a threat to both bystanders and operators. It occupied a large area and required a high number of activations during an average work shift.
Typical risk reduction measures would include audible alarms to warn operators interacting with the machine and bystanders. However, this area already had several audible alarms for other equipment, along with constant audible alarms from AGV robots. Therefore, an alternate solution was required.