Some of the most important parts of manufacturing and production processes happen in places that are hard to get to and difficult to see. This might be because part of the system needs to be enclosed for operational or safety reasons, or it might be because some elements of the process simply don’t need to be out in the open. Whatever the reason, eventually maintenance and repair teams need to be able to inspect (and perhaps access) all parts of a manufacturing process.
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It can be easy to take air for granted. After all, it’s invisible and intangible, a component of most industrial processes that goes unnoticed until poor ventilation becomes an issue – something all too common for many facilities. Not only is proper ventilation required for the operation of machines and technology, regulatory agencies like OSHA have developed standards for it as well, directing companies to provide healthy atmospheric conditions for their workers.
Roofs are inherently one of the most dangerous places in any facility, for obvious reasons. Roof access itself, unfortunately, can also be dangerous. Not only are there almost always ladders involved, but traditional tip-up roof hatches present their own set of problems.
PROVEN SOLUTIONS: The Build America, Buy American (BABA) And American Iron And Steel (AIS) Provisions And How They Impact Doors, Safety Gates And Hatches
The idea of American governing bodies requiring that materials used in publicly funded projects originate in the United States is not a new one. In fact, the original Buy American Act originated in 1933, requiring federal agencies to purchase “domestic end products” and use “domestic construction materials.” This act has been amended multiple times over the past 90 years or so, including revisions in the late 1970s and the Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act introduced in 2021 (and taking effect in 2022). How do these regulations govern the inclusion of doors in a project? Read on for more information.
PROVEN SOLUTIONS: All Facility Openings Aren’t Created Equal, And Custom Products From PS Access Solutions™ Are Created To Fit Each One Perfectly
Each company’s processes, products and ventilation requirements are unique, and that can lead to certain facility entry points being unique as well, either in size or in usage – or both. As a result, custom-made doors or hatches can become a necessity, and finding a manufacturer that can meet those needs becomes an important part of success.
Industry has been built on ingenuity, but as a result, many companies face something of a consistency problem. Seven out of ten pieces of equipment in their plant are “standard,” but those other three have been modified somehow to meet a unique need. Some of the most important jobs in an industrial setting need to be done by custom-built products, and that goes for doors, hatches, gates and barriers as much as it does for automation and technology.
To move heavy loads in and out of an industrial facility, a monorail crane system is sometimes employed. These systems use a stationary overhead track and a trolley that runs on it, shuttling payloads back and forth. When the payload needs to go in and out of a building, it utilizes a specialized door known as a “monorail door.”
It’s easy to forget how important atmospheric pressure can be to the proper and safe function of doors in a commercial facility. There can be a dramatic pressure difference between two adjoining rooms, which can result in situations that are both dangerous for workers and punishing on doors.
Did you know that OSHA is responsible for enforcing a number of standards that relate to your facility’s roof? That’s because a larger percentage of workplace accidents each year involve falls from elevated heights, and the roof, obviously, presents a number of potential hazards in this regard. In particular, safety around roof hatches is critically important. As workers access and exit the rooftop, extra care is necessary to reduce the chances for serious accidents.
PS Industries® Incorporated’s newest division, PS Public Protection, is introducing a wide range of solutions to make public spaces and workplaces safer and more prepared for the unknown. PS Public Protection’s first undertaking is the ArmorBoss line of products that allow safe, face-to-face communication to take place while limiting the transmission of germs.