Advances in technology have improved the safety of the equipment at your plastic manufacturing facility. However, a little prevention can still go a long way toward keeping your workers safe. This can prevent any unplanned downtime at your facility. Performing a safety review of each plastic molding machine at your facility is vital.
Working with Hot Plastic
One of the most basic concepts of making plastic parts is that you are working with hot plastic. Nearly every injection blow molding machine is working with plastics at high temperatures. The plastic can reach temperatures of 250 to 800 degrees Fahrenheit. When the machines extrude or inject the plastics, they are working at high pressures. Often, the pressure inside a machine is about 30,000 to 50,000 psi.
Inspecting the Equipment
Most types of processing equipment are top-heavy. If you move the machine, make sure that each employee understands this fact beforehand. Move it carefully to ensure that it does not harm anyone. You should also check that your machine is secure.
You should make sure that your injection blow molding machine is clean and does not leak any oil. When you have a new machine, you should install it in a manner that will help it to stay clean. Keep all wires and other lines off the floor. That way, you can easily mop and sweep under the machine.
Checking the Hydraulic Hose
You will want to look at the hydraulic hose to check for cuts or bubbles. If there are, then you need to stop using the machine so you can replace the hoses quickly. If there are bubbles or cuts in the hose, then it might be old.
If a hydraulic hose in an injection blow molding machine at your facility fails, then the hot oil can spray on a worker. The hot oil will cause a thermal shock that will them you down. When the hose is loose, it can move around quickly, causing severe injuries.
If the hot oil comes in contact with the machine’s injection barrel, then its heaters can ignite. Hydraulic oil is highly flammable, and the nearby plastic pellets can easily catch on fire. The good news is that regular inspections can prevent this.
Choose one of the Best Injection Blow Molding Machine Manufacturers
It is important to have a high-quality plastic molding machine. When you have a high-quality machine, you are less likely to have accidents at your facility. Pet All Manufacturing Inc. takes pride in creating some of the best machines for working with hot plastics. Contact us today to learn more about our products.