28 Oct 2022

Cut Resistant Protection for the Metal Fabrication Industry

Metal fabrication refers to the process of creating metal structures using various techniques such as cutting, bending, assembling and welding. It is an engineering process used to create parts and structures that may either be the final product or components of a larger assembly. This industry is a highly skilled area that requires a high level of specialization from its experienced workers.

Currently, there is an increasing demand for fabricated metal parts with major end-user segments (automotive, construction, aerospace, electrical and electronics) driving the market growth globally.

Europe is the second largest market for global metal fabrication, dominated by Germany and Italy, and owing it to its major sector – automotive. The continuous overall automotive sales growth both in traditional and electric cars equates to more requirements for different types of sheet metal to fabricated parts.

With the increasing growth of the sheet metal fabrication sector globally, the attention to overall risk and safety procedures for its workers must also be given importance. Handling sheet and strip metal no matter for which segment of the process can be dangerous and exposes its workers to various risks and hazards. As many as a third of all injuries in the engineering industry involve cuts, lacerations and punctures caused by sharp metals, thereby contributing to the ranking of cuts as the second most frequent workplace injury.

Kozane® High-Performance Fabrics are based on a unique 3D knitting technology and ideally suited for various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) applications, offering superior protection against cuts, lacerations, and punctures while providing comfort and breathability.

Whether your employees are in charge of cutting raw materials, or they are bending metal sheets to create the intended form or even down the assembly line of crimping and riveting, our Kozane® fabrics are a perfect choice for your sheet metal workers’ clothing. Our fabrics are proven to offer unparalleled protection in the workplace, even in the harshest of working conditions.

Offering the highest possible cut resistance, tear resistance and puncture resistance according to the EN388:2016 standard, personal protective equipment made from Kozane® Extreme can effectively prevent serious cuts and lacerations. It’s a great combination of cut-resistance protection and wearability suitable for different types of PPE garment applications such as arm guards, cut-and-puncture resistant sweaters and long-sleeves, trousers, aprons and chaps, crucial in this dangerous working environment.

Another important process in the sheet metal fabrication industry is assembling. This stage involves joining pieces together using assembling techniques such as welding, crimping, riveting and threaded fasteners. Unlike the other processes, workers in this stage are exposed to other risks in addition to cuts and lacerations. That is why it is important that they are equipped with PPE that is also heat-resistant.

Kozane® Pyro Cut & Heat-Resistant Fabric was originally designed to be used for Granberg gloves; its unique composition of the high-performance top layer and its soft polyester bottom layer provides excellent comfort and protection suitable for sheet metal workers doing welding work. Aside from gloves, Kozane® Pyro can be used for other applications such as upper arm and shoulder protection, gauntlets and cuffs, aprons and overalls.

Lastly, Kozane®‘s flexibility and breathability make it extremely comfortable to wear – vital for repetitive, manual tasks and the harsh environments that sheet metal workers are exposed to.

If you want to know more about our Kozane® High-Performance Fabrics and how you can use them for various applications to address the needs of the sheet metal fabrication and processing industry, please get in touch with our dedicated representative Eve Ichim at +44 (0)7599 546 566 or by email at eve.ichim@granberg.no.

Cut Resistant Protection for the Metal Fabrication Industry