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Industrial protection

Safety is a vital part of any industrial environment and installing a system of guardrails and barriers is the safest way to protect people, machinery and stock.

Kemtile is a leading supplier and installer of flooring, protective wall coatings, and guardrails and barriers for industrial environments with extensive experience and an enviable reputation for quality built up over 40 years. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your industrial environment with guardrails, bollards and barriers.

Choose the correct system:

Guardrails and barriers can be manufactured from a range of materials, all of which have different properties and suit certain environments.

Choosing the correct system is dependent on the environment in which it will be installed. For high risk food and beverage production environments, stainless steel is the preferred option — it’s easy to clean and maintain and is naturally durable. However, it is likely to bend or buckle in a high impact collision and requires paint or warning signage to ensure it is visible.

Kemtile also recommends Panelchok barrier systems, which are manufactured from high density polyethylene and are suitable for use in high and low care hygiene facilities.

Panelchok systems have a variety of uses and are equally effective in manufacturing environments, warehouses and external areas.

Get tough:

Durability is also an important consideration for guardrails and barriers. Unlike many alternatives, Panelchok systems are manufactured from solid polyethylene sections, which means they have the flexibility to deform on impact and the strength to last. Metal systems and hollow plastic barriers tend to buckle on impact, often requiring expensive repairs or replacement.

Additionally, Panelchok products use a single threaded rod installation system, which means that in a heavy impact, the barrier can be easily refitted without visible damage to the floor. Systems which use a fixing plate bolted to the floor can cause expensive damage to floors in a similar scenario.

Where to use guardrails, bollards and barriers:

Most industrial environments benefit from the use of guardrails, bollards and barriers, ensuring that stock and machinery are protected from vehicular movements. However, they also segregate people from vehicles and moving machinery. It is important to remember that when using barriers in pedestrian areas, the minimum barrier height must be 1.1 metres to comply with regulations . Barriers can also form safe walkways for pedestrians in busy industrial or commercial environments, which means workflow is unaffected by the movement of people and is therefore more efficient.

Other common areas requiring protection include electrical control cabinets and corners for doors, which are both susceptible to damage. Investment in a system of guardrails, bollards and barriers to protect industrial infrastructure is often offset against a reduction in maintenance costs.

Be seen and stay safe:

Using highly visible guardrails and barriers is also strongly recommended as a health & safety measure. Panelchok’s yellow colouring ensures pedestrian areas can be easily designated, and machinery and stock have a visual as well as a physical level of protection.

An added benefit of self-coloured Panelchok systems is that they never need painting and are easy to maintain.

If using stainless steel, or any other metal barrier systems, you will need to ensure they are visible — if not they will be less effective and require expensive maintenance as they will almost certainly come into contact with machinery and vehicles more frequently.

Use an expert installer:

Selecting a company which can supply and install guardrails, bollards and barriers is beneficial, however, using a business which also has expertise in industrial flooring and protective wall coverings ensures that your environment will benefit from cohesive systems which are fit for purpose and more durable as a result.

Kemtile uses specialised drilling equipment and class-leading BASF products to install Panelchok systems. The same applies to stainless steel systems, which Kemtile usually commissions locally, resulting in the most cost effective solution for clients.

Fitting a system of guardrails, bollards and barriers should only be done once, so always use an installer who has the experience to design the optimum system for the environment. Your installer should also have experience of flooring systems since the floor fixing is an integral part of the guardrail, bollard or barrier being installed.

However, the best advice is to do it once, and do it right.

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