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Scanning for Ideas: Modular guarding system protects workers and equipment

Factory owners don’t want workers interfering with equipment. Nor do they want them injured. To keep workers safely away from moving machinery and inventory that shouldn’t be disturbed, engineers at Wireway Husky Corp., Denver, N.C., have developed the modular Matrix Guard line of products.

The OSHA-approved doors, walls, posts, connectors, latches, and other accessories are designed to work together and assemble quickly and easily. A new chalice bolt, a nonremovable-type fastener used on the panels, also meets European and Canadian safety standards.

And enclosures or walls can be easily expanded or changed to meet new Modular guarding system protects workers and equipment conditions and situations. For example, standard 6-fttall walls can be expanded to tower 30-ft high, and roofs can be added if needed to keep out trespassers or animal pests.

Matrix Guard can also be used in warehouses, residences, and communications installations, as well as retail establishments and restaurants.

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