“We are committed to make mining and mineral processing a safer place through designing and manufacturing first-class Emergency Stop and Protective Stop Devices.”
Since 1991, Australian owned Safe-T-Products has built an extensive reputation, nationally and internationally, for designing and manufacturing first-class emergency stop and protective stop devices for the mining and minerals processing industries. Safe-T-Products has obtained ISO 9001 certification, which sets out the criteria for its quality management system to an international standard. This provides a robust framework for the continuous improvement of its design and manufacturing operations.
Our full range of emergency and protective stop devices is widely utilised in bauxite, coal, cement, precious minerals, and iron ore processing industries in Australia, North and South America, the Middle East, Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia and Africa. Our devices are used wherever there is a requirement to initiate an emergency stop to protect people from injury, and machines from damage, in the event of an accident.
Our current goal is to broaden our market exposure in the United States of America. To this end, we now run two factory premises, which increased our manufacturing capacity to meet the expanding demand from this market. We are also continuing to expand our presence in current markets by widening our product range to complement existing products.
We are leading the way in the design and manufacture of emergency stop devices through our highly skilled design team with 30 years’ experience working with our stakeholders in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, as well as Indonesia and South Africa.
Our design and manufacturing facilities are located in Western Australia, the centre of the world’s iron ore industry, which provides our design team with the perfect environment to keep abreast of developments in the mining and minerals processing industries. This has enabled us to build strong stakeholder relationships that have promoted our strong customer focus within our teams.
We have invested in state of the art design tools that enable us to react quickly to our customer requirements. The design team can draft up a concept in Solid Edge modelling software and turn this into a working prototype through a combination of using existing components and 3D printed new parts. From the 3D prototypes, the customer can be shown the outcome of their concept, before committing to the manufacturing process. This process is controlled by Team Center, a high-end design management platform, that provides a solid user access interface across our organisation, so that we can participate in the product development process more efficiently.
We have weaved sustainability into our manufacturing operation. We use eco-friendly packaging that is easy to recycle, safe for individuals and the environment, and is made from recycled materials. We use materials and manufacturing practices with minimal impact on energy consumption and natural resources.
Our dependency on electricity is supported by using renewable energy from solar cells to minimise the impact on the environment.
Our dependency of paper to control production is significantly reduced using a paperless production control system.
We have a safety culture based on the beliefs and values shared by employees to reduce risks in the workplace and the mining and minerals processing industries. Our management team is committed to ensuring there is adequate attention being paid to safety so that workplace accidents are avoided by ensuring there is no breakdown in policies and procedures that are established to promote safety.
Every emergency stop device has gone through a detailed product design and development process. The design and development process is the most technically challenging process that our design team faces, when bringing an emergency stop device to fruition. This is the stage where we are committed to sourcing the highest quality materials that meet the most stringent industry standards to build prototypes. The prototypes are measured against one another and evaluated to determine which design model is the best to bring to the mining and materials processing industry.
Our design team assesses the performance and intended function results to the Work Safe and Health Act (WHS) for installing an emergency stop device. The WHS Act forms the basis of the WHS Acts, implemented across Australia and is the primary requirement set out in law for an emergency stop device. The design team also refer to AS 4024.1604 for design criteria. The standard specifies the functional requirements and design principles for the emergency stop of machinery.
The design team make sure that prototypes meet the requirements of the most relevant standards for emergency stop applications, which is ISO 13850 and IEC 60204-1. ISO 13850 contains functional aspects and principles for design. IEC 60204-1 is about the safety of machinery and electrical equipment of machines. To meet these requirements, we have sourced micro switches, which have a direct opening mechanism. These micro switches are sealed to provide ingress protection level to IP66 and IP67. This adds another level of ingress protection to the emergency stop devises.
The global importance of SIL (Safety Integrity Level) has grown substantially in the process industries over the last 10 years. This has a major impact on the minerals processing environment safety systems that include our emergency stop devices. Our design team have responded to the growing need for improved confidence in safety systems by putting processes in place to facilitate our SIL product rating.
We are confidence that the eventual functional testing of our emergency stop devices will provide a high level of certainty that our emergency stop devices will provide the functionality required for a safe system. We have designed our devices so that should they experience damage that causes a failure, the devices will place the system in a safe mode until the issue is rectified.
Our commitment to quality continues throughout the production cycle. The quality of the manufacturing process is controlled with a paperless production control system that is fully integrated to each manufacture’s area. Each manufacturer has the ability to record work in progress through the production control system. The production control system supports product traceability back to the sales order and records the manufacturer’s and shipping details, to ensure there is full product traceability.