Rite-Hite recently unveiled an extension of its GuardRite line of in-plant safety barriers, the GuardRite Polymer Safety Barrier. Capable of stopping equivalent impact levels as its steel counterparts, the GuardRite Polymer Safety Barrier is made from scratch-resistant, impact-modified polypropylene, which allows it to bend and absorb collisions with little or no damage to floors, material handling equipment, or the barriers themselves.
The cost of ownership for these low-maintenance, fixed-tube barriers is typically less than similar steel barriers. The key to their strength and longevity is the ability to deflect impacts and return to their original shape without scratches or dents. Their durability helps prevent costs and downtime related to the replacement of traditional barriers due to damage or rust resulting from impacts.
“Impact-modified polypropylene is a game-changer for barriers,” said Jim Oates, vice president, business development & product management for Rite-Hite Engineered Solutions. “The ability to absorb impact without damage gives the GuardRite Polymer Safety Barrier incredible aesthetic and cost management advantages. It is the new gold standard for in-plant barriers and a natural extension of our GuardRite line.”
The GuardRite Polymer Safety Barrier comes in five models to accommodate specific applications to provide pedestrian, equipment, and product safety by clearly defining work areas, walkways, and storage areas. Light duty models are used for pedestrian traffic and are 48-inch tall, in compliance with OSHA’s Walking Working Surfaces standard. Heavy-duty models are used to define and defend shared spaces between workers, fork trucks, and other heavy machinery.
The GuardRite Polymer is an easy to install modular system that allows for a variety of configurations. The barriers utilize black polymer 8-inch diameter posts to connect highly visible yellow polymer rails that come in 8-inch, 6-inch, and 4-inch diameters. Barrier rails are 8-feet long but can be customized to match any facility needs. Available models include:
Rite-Hite, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of material handling systems designed for maximum safety and productivity. Principal product lines include vehicle restraints, dock levelers, dock seals and shelters, logistics IoT solutions, industrial power doors, HVLS fans, industrial curtain walls, snow removal machines, barrier safety systems, machine guarding products, dock accessories and services.