January 9, 2019

7 Vertical Milling Machine Safeguarding Products to Help Make Your Workplace Safer

Safety shields and guards play a vital role in promoting a safer and more efficient work environment. Considering that thousands of workers are injured on the job every day, especially in the presence of large manufacturing machines, employers must do everything in their power to foster the safest and most secure workplaces possible. That’s why leading manufacturers across the nation partner with Stronghold Safety Engineering for all their physical safeguarding needs.

At Stronghold Safety Engineering, we’ve spent the past 15 years helping industrial workplaces become safer and more productive through powerful safety solutions. With over 100 years of combined machine safety experience, we’re passionate about helping organizations learn about and capitalize on opportunities to protect the most important part of their enterprise: their people. So today, we’ll be walking you through a handful of vertical milling machine physical safeguarding products your team can use to create safer and smarter workflows for your products.

1. Silvaflame Universal Milling Machine Guard

The Silvaflame Universal Milling Machine Guard is a heavy-duty shield designed to protect users from flying debris. This safety solution can be tailored to fit a wide range of milling machines, making implementation effortless. The Silvaflame Universal Milling Machine Guard can also be outfitted with a variety of optional accessories, including an interlock switch and a vertical "V" slide adaptor bracket that enables installation to the bracket behind the table.

2. Silvaflame Milling Machine Cutter Guard

The Silvaflame Milling Machine Cutter Guard is manufactured from durable sheet steel and features a clear 4mm adjustable polycarbonate safety visor. This powerful safety solution accommodates heads up to 5.75 inches and spindles up to 4.5 inches. The Silvaflame Cutter Guard is designed to fit almost any milling machine, and features an innovative design that completely encloses the danger zone of vertical models. Lastly, the shield is side-hinged to enable immediate access for chuck or bit changes, fostering greater safety and efficiency.

3. Flexbar Universal Visorguard

With a unique universal positioning design that’s fully adjustable, the Flexbar Universal Visorguard is one of the most versatile physical safeguarding products on the market. It features a powerful shield that is mounted to the mill head and supported by a combination of heavy-duty arms and swivel clamps, providing a custom fit to accommodate the shield at any length, angle, or position. Last but not least, the Flexbar Universal Visorguard can be flipped up to swap out workpieces or tools with ease, providing maximum flexibility without compromising on productivity.

4. Silvaflame Milling Machine Table Guards: SSP or EM Type w/ Optional Back Guard & Swarf Tray

The Silvaflame Milling Machine Table Guards: SSP or EM Type are safety shields specifically made for vertical milling machines. Their practical design effectively encloses dangerous milling cutters and restricts flying swarf and coolant with ease. Combining unmatched durability with superb flexibility, the Silvaflame Milling Machine Table Guards: SSP or EM Type are ideal safety solutions for almost any vertical milling machine. Both options are custom made to machine specifications and offer an optional Back Guard & Swarf Tray.

5. Silvaflame MAX-A-JUST Milling Machine Guard

The Silvaflame MAX-A-JUST Milling Machine Guard is comprised of two half assemblies featuring nylon-coated steel members and polycarbonate extension visors that can be adjusted to clear protruding vices of jigs and fixtures. This safety solution offers a complete safety enclosure, extensive visual area protection, and instant access to the machine table to maximize efficiency.

6. Repar2 Mill Shield - FBB with Interlock

The Repar2 Mill Shield is highly resilient and features an interlock switch to maximize safety. This interlocked chip shield will automatically turn off the machine when moved to the side—and won’t restart until the shield is placed back in place for operation. This innovative feature provides a significantly safer and more comfortable experience for operators. The Repar2 Mill Shield’s arm also features flexible joints that are balanced and kept in place by a gas spring—which allows operators to move the shield into any position and keep it there securely.

7. Stronghold Safety Engineering Draw Bar Guard

The Stronghold Draw Bar Guard utilizes an innovative design to secure itself to the top of vertical mill machines, covering the draw bar via a strong circular magnet and helping to protect against inadvertent contact with the rotating shaft. Designed with simplicity and reliability in mind, this item uses a short chain to keep the guard locked to the mill to ensure it isn’t lost during draw bar or tool changes—supporting more economic milling workflows. The Stronghold Draw Bar Guard includes a durable welded steel construction and fits draw bars with up to 7” extension.

Make Vertical Milling Safer & Easier with Stronghold Safety Engineering

We’ve just scratched the surface of the range of vertical milling machine items we offer here at Stronghold® Safety Engineering. To learn more about these solutions—and other opportunities you can explore to make your workplace safer and more efficient—be sure to contact us today. You can also connect with us for details on what to look for in physical safeguarding products. We’re always here to help.