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Locker Group vs. Skynet: How T2 should have ended

Spoilers ahead: We shouldn't have to do this for a movie released in 1991, but don't say you weren't warned.

As far as automated killing machines go, you could find worse than Skynet. They have an army of unfeeling androids, time travel capabilities, and just whatever it is that the T-1000 is made of. If you're like most reasonable people, you'll probably be pretending that James Cameron's Terminator franchise ended with the second installment.

While this film is unquestionably the greatest of all time (citation needed), we can't help but wonder if that final climactic scene could have gone differently if the factory in question had some semblance of health and safety measures. Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor was the hero of the day, but the overwhelming abundance of safety hazards surely played a role in the defeat of Skynet.

Flooring

There was certainly no shortage of metal grating covering the ample staircases and catwalks of the steel mill in the film. We can't fault the mill there, the flooring was probably strong enough to handle most human equivalent loads. Did the designers of the factory skimp on materials, opting for something that looked strong but wasn't really? Or was it a matter of poor installation?

Either way, we can promise you that it is not supposed to bend and buckle at the slightest point of stress. Locker Group's range of industrial flooring solutions would hold up against this kind of pressure. In fact, we guarantee there is not an artificially intelligent death-bot on Earth that could inflict that kind of damage on our products.

Safety inspector in factory."I need to inspect your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle."

Railing

This may come as a surprise to the T-800's and T-1000's of the world, but good safety railing doesn't come loose when you pull or push on it. In fact, safety railing is generally designed to do the opposite. How do we know? Well, we've been manufacturing products like this for decades.

General housekeeping

Safety in manufacturing isn't just about "doing your best" but whoever is in charge of the steel mill in Terminator 2 isn't really even trying. To start with, there are too many angles in this scene that show off seemingly random bits of equipment emitting sparks. If your factory has something dangling from the ceiling spitting sparks everywhere, you should probably sort that out.

Further, if you have an enormous churning gear that an Arnold Schwarzenegger can merrily ride on – put a safety barrier or even a wire mesh enclosure around it. Finally, Locker Group would like to advise against an unrailed platform that hangs over a pool of molten steel like a diving board. This might be the very definition of workplace hazard, and recent studies have found that having employees who are consistently alive is the first step towards creating a safe and effective working environment.

No one wants a Terminator in their factory, but poor materials might be just as dangerous. If the steel mill in question was geared more towards health and safety, John Connor might have got to keep his socially awkward mechanical friend. For more information on how our perforated metal products can contribute towards health and safety, or if you want to talk about robots for a while, contact Locker Group today.

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Automating manufacturing will not affect the need for quality industrial materials.

How Locker Group will aid the Industry 4.0 evolution

Industry 4.0 is coming. The next logical step in the evolution of manufacturing from a human labour-based industry to one that's technologically automated, the changes ahead will reshape the very factory space itself. Industry 4.0 will also change the sector's job structure from a significant proportion of low-skilled blue collar labourers to highly skilled interpersonal workers.

Indeed, Mr Jeff Connolly, Chair of the Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce, said in a speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia 'it [Industry 4.0] need not be seen as a threat to manufacturing jobs – even though the jobs will definitely evolve. Indeed, Australia should see the fourth industrial revolution as an opportunity.'

Industry 4.0 need not be seen as a threat to manufacturing jobs – indeed, Australia should see it as an opportunity

Although Industry 4.0 will undoubtedly have a huge affect on industry, there will always remain a need for quality industrial products that guarantee the efficient operation of your production line and ensures your workers can operate in the work space safely. Locker Group has more than 60 years of experience in developing quality industrial products and these reliable industrial products will be much-needed in the changes to come.

Improving efficiency

With Industry 4.0, basic jobs previously reserved for manual labour will be completed by machines and human managers working together. This will ensure processes are completed quicker and more effectively, while still retaining adequate quality control. Efficiency in production will also be achieved by working with effective industrial products that will make the manufacturing process more streamlined.

Locker's industrial range, including perforated metal, Expanded wire mesh and woven wire fabric are durable and tough, designed to stand up to the rigours of rapid production. While automation will change the infrastructure of production, Locker Group 's range is guaranteed to be up to the challenge.

Guaranteeing safety

Industry 4.0's evolutionary changes will remove the need for human involvement in the more dangerous mechanical processes. However, maintaining and repairing malfunctioning equipment will remain a very human role, while access to all areas of the manufacturing space will still be required. Locker Group have a range of safety products, like Safe T Perf, designed to ensure that equipment operators and managers are able to safely navigate the workspace.

Even after automating basic manufacturing roles, durable industrial materials will still be essential.Even after automating basic manufacturing roles, durable industrial materials will still be essential.

Grating products like Gridwalk and Gripspan are steel flooring options designed to ensure maximum grip for pedestrian access and prevent dangerous conditions underfoot. We also have a range of walkway kits, prefabricated and ready for installation, that enable workers to navigate heights safely. Ensuring safe human management is vital to making the operation of automated machinery more effective.

Industry 4.0 will bring a lot of changes to bear on the workings of Australian manufacturing – but what will not change is the need for quality products that bring optimal production quality and guarantee safety for workers. Locker Group's range of products are industry-noted, so go on and contact us today – prepare for the future!

Finding the right architectural products to blend with nature can be challenging.

3 Locker Group products that blend industrial and green

Sydney Park marks one of the city's most visually distinctive open spaces, due to its post-industrial brick kilns towering over the north-western corner and recently revitalised wetland areas.

In 2014, the City of Sydney metropolitan council launched an ongoing park management strategy for the coming years which will redevelop the area. The council put communicating the cultural heritage of the area and increasing public amenities high on the agenda, with a specification towards architectural designs in keeping with the area's industrial history.

What better way to embrace the industrial history of the the Sydney Park area than with art installations and innovative architectural structures that blend visual appeal with a durable industrial edge? Locker Group have a range of architectural products that would suit.

Our range

Locker Group have a range of products that provide a striking architectural look, and have a history of use in integrating green spaces into an urban environment:

  • Perforated metal – one of our most popular products, perforated metal offers users an innovative architectural look. Perforations can be adapted to client specification, taking into account shape, size and profile. Their design allows for water run-off, which prevents rusting, and the sheets come in a variety of surface treatment options to ensure minimised natural wear-and-tear. Available in a variety of metal substrates, they add a rugged industrial edge to sun shading canopies or art installations.

Perforated metal allows ample light and airflow.Perforated metal allows ample light and airflow.

  • Hi Light louvres – these colourful products are ideal for sun shading, vital in a park space that will draw the public to stroll in the sunshine. With treatments available to reflect glare and prevent sun damage, Hi Light louvres are available in a range of bright and bold colours that truly make your space stand out. The aluminium grating is also perfect for screening private spaces and parking areas from view.
  • Expanded metal mesh – a truly multifunctional product, this metal mesh fabric is customisable to client needs and easily installable, instantly providing a distinct architectural look that also functional. The metal mesh can provide sun shading on hot days while still encouraging air flow. Additionally, creeper plants growing through the perforations perfectly blend the industrial with the natural, a visual best serving the history of Sydney Park.
Sydney Park can be the model of innovative architectural products meeting nature. Sydney Park can be the model of innovative architectural products meeting nature.
Sydney Park's rich heritage deserves distinctive architectural concepts that beautifies the park for public access and embraces the area's industrial past. Locker Group have a range of products to suit, blending visual appeal with industrial durability. If you have an architectural project with a similar specification, speak to our friendly team today and we can figure out what's best for you.
The mining job boom means new workers will need the best products possible.

How Locker Group’s range is kind to new mining workers

As activity and commodity prices continue to surge across the mining industry, so too has the availability in employment. The number of vacancies listed on job site Seek rose by 70 per cent in the three months from February 2017, according to a press release from the company, suggesting the approaching expansion of new mining operations across the country and the rapid induction of novice workers into the industry.

While these newer workers are learning the ropes, mining operations will struggle to maintain optimal productivity without compromising worker safety due to inexperience. Luckily, Locker Group's range of mining products are custom designed to meet industry standards, making your operations safer and more efficient.

New miners in the industry should be working with the best equipment possible. New miners in the industry should be working with the best equipment possible.

Poly

Polyurethane screening comes in modular tiles for open cast or cross tensioned mats, as well as for fixing systems and trommel screen panels. Our poly products are precisely tailored to your specifications, with technicians analysing your screening process to assess the required aperture dimensions and the polyurethane mixture that will work to maximum efficiency and durability. Injection moulds are then used to ensure the consistent construction of each item.

This technology means that surface features can be incorporated into the tiles' design rather than attached later, giving a stronger product. These individual parts can be removed with ease, with like-for-like replacements manufactured to order.

Tufflex

Tufflex poly-coated screens are our latest innovation in screening. Made from incredibly durable polyurethane coated wire and synthetic rope, they are welded at every fifth crosspoint to provide industry-leading flexibility. The strands are also maneuverable during screening, to ensure consistent flow and to avoid pegging issues. Light and easy to remove, the screens aid in improving workplace health and safety compliance, and have formidable wear life if used correctly.

They are ideal in maintaining productivity, with their flexibility and abrasion-resistance essential in minimising equipment down time and maintenance. Now widely used in our poly screening range, Tufflex can be customisable to a variety of dimensions and aperture sizes to suit customer specifications.

Mining operations require products that can deliver durability and do the job. Mining operations require products that can deliver durability and are highly functional.

Industry Accessories

Mining operations require hundreds of pieces of equipment, all with unique and important functions. From the largest piece of machinery to the smallest rubber capping, each item is needed for success. Locker Group manufacture a range of Extractive screening accessories to cover an operator's smallest problems, so that managers and workers can focus on the big things.

From capping rubber to poly spray nozzles, our range of durable and abrasion-resistant products will ensure your screening operations can work to full capacity without the need for constant replacement and renewal. These accessories are designed to specification, and can be made from a choice of materials to best suit the operation. 

Mining operations will struggle to maintain productivity without compromising health and safety due to worker inexperience.

Going forward

More immediate employment opportunities in mining means an expansion in operations to match ambitious federal and state support. Over $75 billion was invested in mining in 2015-2016 according to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, showing a real desire to encourage new workers to continue to join. An expansion means new industry products are needed that are safe, functional and easy to operate, especially as they come into the hands of novice workers.

Locker Group has a storied reputation for bringing the best to the industry since 1956, and are still proud to work with operators and managers in delivering simple solutions to improve enterprise. Contact our team today for more information on our mining and quarrying products.

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