Husky Rack & Wire: Recommendations for a Simple Installation

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jul 28, 2017 8:14:00 AM

simple instal.pngHusky Rack & Wire’s machine guarding systems are well-known for their versatility, reliability and affordability. Safeguards are essential to ensure worker safety from the risks that wander inside an industrial environment. In dynamic situations, not only does the guarding mechanism ensure maximum protection, but it should also be as simple as possible.

Thankfully, Husky’s Guarding systems have been designed in a modular manner, allowing them to be retrofitted in a short duration of time with minimum training. We’ll show you how to completely assemble and install a guarding around one of your machines.

Before you begin, you should make sure you have all the adequate tools to carry out the operations. It is recommended that you have a safety ladder, chalk line, carpenter level and heavy-duty wire cutter on hand. In addition to these, the following tools are compulsory:

  • ½” masonry bit for drilling holes in the floor for the post
  • ½” wrench or socket for screwing the door to the post
  • ¾” wrench or socket for anchor bolts
  • 7/16” wrench or socket for the chalice bolt
  • A small hammer

The floor anchors and matrix shims are included in the package. In addition to these, you’ll need to have various drill bits in hand as well as a tape measure. Safety items like gloves, googles, steel toe shoes and hardhat should be provided to all workers.

Now it’s time to get your hands dirty, but before you do so you should make sure you have all the necessary parts from the bill of lading. Next, clear the installation area of any obstructions, turning off any machinery that may cause a halt in operations. You should be open to the idea of temporary bracing during installation as the guarding is unstable until it is completely fitted.

Post/Panel Installation

Prior to installation, loosen the chalice bolt on the panel. Once it is in place, tighten it until the post is firm. Do not overtighten the bolt, as it would only bring it closer to mechanical failure. The chalice bolt is permanently attached to the left and right bottom clips on the panel, and shouldn’t be tampered with from that end.

  • Start off with a single line or corner post. Make sure that the post is square and held in the correct position. Lag the post to the floor through the two floor anchors, making sure that its side is facing the outward direction with respect to the enclosure.
  • Line posts have a label on the bottom to distinguish them from other similar hardware. While swing door hardware is also labelled in a similar fashion, it can be distinguished by the 3 pairs of square holsd on each side. In comparison to these two, the tunnel door post only has a single pair of square holes on the side and 2 pairs on the face.
  • The hooks of the first panel are to be installed within the lagged post at the lowest possible level. Be sure to tighten the Chalice bolt to secure the entire structure firmly.
  • Similarly, lag the second post to the floor, and install the top panel.
  • For all the remaining parts, repeat this procedure.

Adjustable Corner Post

VELOX_PostAdjustable.jpgThese posts are used in two applications, one where the layout requires a change in angle other than 90 degrees and, second when an inside corner is required.

The posts have the same slot punch as the line and door posts, and can be installed in a similar fashion. They are attached by hinges so that they can be adjusted according to the angular deviation required by the designer.

Single Swing Door

VELOX_DoorSingleSwing.jpgBefore you begin, you should know that the 6” high system doesn’t come with a transom panel whereas the 8” one has a 78” door and a 1’ transom. The installation procedure is simple.

Locate the post marked with “Swing Door Post” label, and install it using 5/16” x 3” carriage bolts. The slotted holds in the doors are already present so you won’t have to do any drilling. Finally, install the strike bar in a similar way, and that’s it.

Double Swing Door

This is a little more complicated compared to a single swing door.

  • The swing door would be labelled, “Swing Door Post”. Place the posts apart, and anchor one of them to the floor.
  • It the header is provided, as in the case of 8” system, install it using long carriage bolts. The top of the header must be in-line with the top of the post.
  • Differentiate between the left-side and right-side door panels. The right one would have cane bolt positioned on the inside, welded to it.
  • Use the slot holes in the hang bar and carriage bolts to install these panels.
  • When closed, the gap between the doors should be ¼”.

Single Tunnel Door

The tunnel door posts would be labelled “Tunnel Door Post”. Install the posts and the panel in-between. Next, measure the center to center distance between the square holes of both the posts followed by the distance between the L-brackets on the sides. Both these dimensions should be less than 1/16”, otherwise you should loosen them up.

Keeping the L-brackets in the center, and using the carriage bolts, install the door panel. Finally, check for any alignment errors by repeatedly opening/closing the door. The Double Tunnel Door can be installed through a similar procedure.

In summary, Husky’s modular approach to guarding systems is quite valuable when it comes to saving time during initial installation and if the need for customization arises.

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