Using wide belt sanders

Posted by Johny Dean on October 18th, 2013

Wide belt sanders are machines designed to sand large panels of wood. These machines are typically operated by trained and experienced workers wearing a suitable protection gear. Fortunately, technology evolves to the benefit of operators, giving them the chance to increase productivity and improve the workflow, while staying at a certain distance from the machines.

This is the case with the TigerStop devices, that were recently launched by an American company bearing the same name as its devices. Such devices help machine operators in that they do not have to manually stop the machine from working, since these devices do it all. TigerStop products represent an automatic stop and pusher system, being appropriate to be used on almost any machine that requires an auto system.

Before starting to work with wide belt sanders, operators take the necessary measures to protect their eyes, ears, hands, and respiratory system against potential hazards. When working with loud machines, and a wide belt sander is definitely loud, operators need to wear hearing protection. Also, safety glasses are in order. Operators’ hands are usually protected by gloves and they also wear a dust mask, given the nature of a wide belt sander that generates a lot of sawdust.

After they are all set to start the sanding work, operators inspect the workpiece and arrange the sander table to allow the workpiece to fit perfectly onto it. When the workpiece is mounted on the table, operators lower or raise the table, according to the manufacturing instructions they have received. All the suction vents of the belt sander need to be open. When these are ready, the machine can start to function. After pressing the power button, it takes about several seconds for the belt sander to actually start working.

A workpiece that is placed on a wide belt sander needs to be caught by an operator at the back of the machine, because the sander keeps pushing it towards the exit, while sanding it. If the workpiece does not need to be sanded on its entire surface, but only on a few areas, an automatic stopper can be used, in order to increase productivity and eliminate the potential errors that can be caused by an employee.

With an automatic stopper and pusher, the workpiece can be stopped in an exact location, thing that rarely happens with a machine that features a manual stop system. A machine that does not benefit from an auto stop system needs to rely entirely on the experience and accuracy of its operator. This can lead to lots of manufacturing errors, not to mention the risks the operator undertakes. Improve the workflow and protect your employees by investing in an automatic stopper and pusher.

Do you need a replacement for your manual stop system featured by your wide belt sanders? Consider TigerStop devices, designed to increase productivity and protect operators from potential hazards that are always present when they work with machines equipped only with a manual stop system.

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