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Machine safety fencing EN ISO 14120 standard
2023-02-16 14:11:56

Machine safety fencing EN ISO 14120 standard

Industrial automation:the evolution of workplace safety.


Innovation in the industrial sector has led to the introduction of robots, which are in turn changing the

management of spaces within factories. The ever-increasing adoption of robot cells in several industrial

applications entails the installation of mandatory protective measures for robots and robotized areas in

order to preserve the safety of workers.

Safety of industrial robots: how to avoid risks


The first step in making working areas safe is the filing of the “Risk Assessment” document, which aims at identifying,

mapping and categorizing hazards according to their probability, frequency and potential number of people they can affect.

What follows is the definition of a set of measures and interventions/operations that are necessary and sufficient to prevent

or minimize such hazards.

The installation of machine guards with specific features is one of the interventions highlighted by the EN ISO 10218-2 standard

to ensure a distance between machinery operators and industrial robots in order to reduce hazards.

As the impact force exerted by robots moving can be particularly notable, such machine guards must be particularly robust

and resistant. PFT machine guards have been subjected to severe dynamic resistance tests from the inside outwards according

to the procedure defined in the EN ISO 14120 standard (“Hard body / Pendulum Test”).

Machine safety fences – those specifically designed for the safety of industrial machines and robots – must include specific

features, which set them apart from conventional fences used in different scenarios. These are defined by the EN ISO 14120

 standard, which details the “General requirements for the design and manufacture of fixed and movable guards.”


PFT safety fences – made by modular panels – have always been designed and manufactured to comply with this particular

norm. The electro-welded mesh panels can be both framed and frameless, with the former also coming in mixed materials.

Post sport different sections and are easily installed thanks to different clamping systems. Lastly, a wide range of doors

and accessories are available, as well as completely customized solutions specifically designed for our customers.

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