Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How to Kill a Good Comedy Routine

The first two photos were taken after manufacture and set up
to simulate the application. The third photo is the actual installation.

Ever since I can remember one of the great slapstick comedy gambits has been that of some poor sap inadvertently walking into an unguarded floor elevator opening. While it may be funny cinema, in real life it is a clear and present danger and when one of these mishaps occurs it isn't very funny at all. Serious injuries may occur and the legal and medical ramifications can be extensive.

That's why we were pleased to receive a call from Bloomingdale's who needed 3-sided protection around a floor elevator opening. The guard had to provide solid fall protection, be quick and easy to deploy or retract, and provide complete, unobstructed access to the elevator opening when required. This one was right up our alley.

We used an 8-foot Extendamatic as the basis of the guard, then fastened a custom-designed swinging end panel to it which allowed it to fold to the side. A steel drop-pin to the floor keeps the assembly from wandering when deployed. At the other end, two solid steel arms serve the double duty of providing end protection as well as being a latch mechanism to secure the guarding when in service.

To retract the guarding an operator simply raises the two latching arms and retracts the gate out of the way. Pretty Slick!

This is such an uncommon use of Extendamatic that I decided to showcase the versatility of the product. A comprehensive look at Extendamatic and Slide-A-Matic guarding is available by clicking here.

Stay tuned . . .

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