There are not many machines available that have been specifically
designed for the cutting or shaping of reactive materials. It has
therefore long been an established practice to employ standard machines,
and somehow envelop them.
Standard machines seem not to want to be enveloped, as any designer
will conclude when tackling the problem. And any design that does
evolve seems to have a critical flaw that just cant be resolved,
or just seems to move to another place if it can be.
Designing enclosures for machines requires a broad range of skills
with particular emphasis on ergonomics, for the standard machine
usually has control or setting up facilities accessible from at
least 180 degrees but usually up to 270 degrees. Dropping tools
or cleaning up off-cuts which normally present little difficulty
in the open-air state can become almost impossible tasks once a
machine is enclosed. Cutting fluids and lubricants can have a detrimental
effect on the materials of construction of the machine containment,
and visual qualities may become impaired.
If all of this is not enough, the internal environment of the enclosure
has to be managed at low levels of oxygen and/or moisture. Indeed
the total package of obstacles that need to be overcome require
innovation based upon experience.
Our range and scope of enclosures provide many options to tackle
the containment problems, and our proprietary designed oval glove
ports (20cm x 40cm) allow for hand access to be made with the least
restriction possible. Every effort is made to reproduce the operational
access to the machine as if there were no containment, and visual
qualities are viewed with safety and work accuracy in mind.
We have a number of design options for the total management of
the contained environment, whether it is wet, dry, anaerobic or
toxic. Pass through facilities are an integral feature of environmental
management, and we have control systems that provide interlock protection
and quality assurance.
Let us review your machine detail and provide a design solution
to handling reactive materials. Size is no problem; we have designed
machine enclosures up to 150 m³.