SURFACE GRINDER SAFETY PROJECT
Surface Grinder Safety Project
Ferndale Safety is designing and building fully automated safety upgrades to eight surface grinders at a customer facility near Montreal, Canada. This is the first project of this kind in our history and Ferndale Safety is proud to be a part of it.
What is a surface grinder?
Surface grinding is a process to make a flat, smooth surface on steel parts. A surface grinder is a machine tool which facilitates the surface grinding process.
What are the risks?
A surface grinder has a grinding wheel that can rotate at high RPM. The wheel is rarely stopped, even when the machine is not in use due to grinder wheel balancing and tolerance issues
The rotating wheel can cause mechanical hazards such as entanglement, drawing-in, abrasion, burning, and projection. It is also possible for the grinding wheel to explode due to an accidental grinding wheel impact or a defect inside the grinding wheel.
Ferndale Safety’s Solution
Advanced Safety Guarding
Prevent access to the rotating grinding wheel.
Ferndale Safety custom-designed this hood cover so that users are protected from the grinding wheel. The cover automatically opens and closes quickly to minimize the impact on work.
The safety system gives the operator descriptive feedback.
Ferndale Safety wanted this surface grinder safety system to be as user-friendly as possible. The system performs multiple self-checks and displays a detailed error message with possible solutions directly on the touch screen. On-screen icons and graphics give the user a quick visual indication of what is wrong.
Safety Through Engineering
The design stage allows the client to see what the final results look like.
Ferndale Safety’s team of design engineers, machine safety experts and technicians work together to offer the best safety product for the client. Multiple CAD designs and process flow charts were handed back and forth with the end-user to fine-tune the final product.