Reel Guard Makes Local Paper Mill a Safer Place to Work

At FCM, we love to help our clients provide safe environments for their employees. One way we do that is by creating guards that prevent workers from getting caught in dangerous mechanisms, like the reel pictured above.

This reel helps supply energy to Domtar’s paper mill in Ashdown, Ark. It uses a pulley system to move a hopper full of coal to an awning that is attached to the coal boiler. As you can probably imagine, if something malfunctioned and someone got stuck in the reel, or even pulled into it, they could be severely injured or possibly even killed.

That’s why we were commissioned to build this new safety guard out of 1/8-inch aluminum and coated it in a special safety yellow colored polyurethane paint that not only makes it more durable, but it also gives it a glossy appearance that makes it highly visible and helps protect the mechanism from rust. This particular model is 43-inches wide, 55-inches deep, and 22-inches tall, but we can really build them in any size clients may need.

Now that this guard is installed, it is not only a beautiful addition to the mill, but it protects the reel from the elements, makes the workplace safer, and eliminates a potential hazard for the workers.

[Safety Manager Nikita Griffin contributed to this article.]

Domtar Welcomes Visitors with Rustic Charm

Domtar Ashdown Sign

Domtar’s new sign inside its Ashdown Mill is both beautiful and charming. (Photo by FCM Products, Inc.)

FCM Products, Inc. doesn’t always build on a monumental scale. Sometimes, we craft custom objets d’art like this beautiful sign featured inside the main entrance of the Domtar Paper Mill in Ashdown, Ark.

For this project, we used 1 1/4-inch weathered oak for the canvas and built aluminum letters to showcase the client’s name, then surrounded the entire creation with a machined aluminum bar frame.

Domtar Ashdown Sign and Table

Always attentive to detail, FCM even gave this table a great pair of legs. (Photo by FCM Products, Inc.)

We also created the support beneath the table, which is made from 1/4-inch carbon steel plate. To give it a rustic look, we applied paint to give it a special antique finish which helps set off the room.

Are you interested in having us make something special for your business? Feel free to contact us and tell us about what you’ve got in mind. Remember, if you can dream it, we can build it!

FCM Makes Great Companies Look Even Better

Domtar sign
FCM Products does what others can’t. When Domtar had trouble finding someone to create this custom sign, we stepped up to the plate. (Photo by FCM Products, Inc.)

Have you ever thought to yourself that your company’s name would look good in lights? Now just think how awesome it would look in light, glass and metal! That’s exactly what we accomplished when we built this custom back lit sign for Domtar in Ashdown, Ark. 

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FCM's headquarters
FCM’s headquarters (Photo by Pat Fink/FCM Products)

FCM Products’ team replaces lots of industrial guards in paper mills around the country. Our skilled technicians take out old products to prepare for custom replacements.

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Meet OSHA Standards with Metal Lock Boxes

Aluminum Lock Box

Pat Fink/FCM Products, Inc.

Use a metal lock box during your lockout/tagout procedures to protect your employees and save lives. Continue reading

Saw Mill Exhaust Hood

Paper Mill Exhaust Hood

Paper Mill Exhaust Hood (Photo by Pat Fink/FCM Products)

This 1/8″ aluminum exhaust hood was built for a paper mill in Idabel, Oklahoma in October 2009. Continue reading

Aluminum Coupling Guards

Paper Mill Aluminum Coupling Guards

Paper Mill Aluminum Coupling Guards (Photo by Pat Fink/FCM Products)

One of our customers’ favorite and most requested products are our standard Coupling Guards. Continue reading