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In our safety category you'll find information on equipment interlocks, light curtains, machine guards, personal protection equipment, safety barriers and curtains, sensors and ventilation systems.

Risky business

Risky business
Identifying dust hazards in a facility is key, but following through on recommendations is critical by Jeremiah Wann, president and CEO, Imperial Systems Inc.       Job hazard analysis is an OSHA-recommended method for finding and removing hazards before they cause injury, illness or death. Almost all jobs involve some type of hazard, but a hazard analysis focuses first on those jobs where Read full article >>

Dangers of dust

Dangers of dust
Learning what acronyms like KST, Pmax and MIE stand for, and more importantly, what they mean, is significant when combatting combustible dust by Jeremiah Wann, president and CEO, Imperial Systems Inc.       Many things can affect the hazard that combustible dust presents. So it’s important to understand the potential. For example, it’s possible for a dust that is very safe under most Read full article >>

The more you know

The more you know
What every manufacturer should understand about indoor air quality by Trevor Hewitt, vice president of distribution sales, RoboVent       Air quality is an issue that manufacturers engaged in laser cutting and other dust-intensive processes can't afford to ignore. While most small and mid-size manufacturers don't have the luxury of having an industrial hygienist on staff, every facility Read full article >>

Advanced air

Advanced air
Bringing smart air quality control to laser cutting operationsby Trevor Hewitt, vice president of distribution sales, RoboVent     Smart control systems and automation have transformed modern fabrication methods. Today’s CNC laser cutting machines are exponentially faster and more precise than their predecessors. Now, as advanced analytics and cloud-based technologies make their way onto Read full article >>

Fire starter

Fire starter
Reducing the risk of dust collector fires and explosions by Duncan Beaumont, solution director, RoboVent         Your dust collector plays a critical role in keeping factory air clean and safe for workers. But under the right conditions, it can also be one of your biggest safety hazards.   Dust collector fires and explosions can cause tremendous damage to facilities and be fatal for Read full article >>

Collecting dust

Collecting dust
Sizing your dust collector for fiber laser cutting applications by Trevor Hewitt, vice president of distribution sales, RoboVent       Proper sizing of dust collection equipment for laser cutting is still a mystery for many manufacturers. No one wants to overspend on dust collection equipment that has more capacity than needed. But, if your dust collector is undersized for the amount of Read full article >>

Harmful haze

Harmful haze
Plasma and laser cutting fumes: high exposure, high risk by Jeremiah Wann, president and CEO, Imperial Systems Inc.       Plasma cutting is popular in metalworking industries for a reason. It’s fast, precise and relatively inexpensive. It doesn’t produce metal fragments and creates a clean edge. Laser cutting is also popular, especially for thinner sheet metal or where a very precise cut Read full article >>

Safe lifting

Safe lifting
Prevent injuries and improve productivity by following OSHA-recommended guidelines by Ron Pitcher, president, Pitcher Insurance Agency Inc.     Savvy fabricators with laser cutting equipment look for efficiencies where they can get them, which includes adding automation for material handling operations. However, most shops still require workers to do a fair amount of lifting per shift, Read full article >>

Cutting through the smoke

Cutting through the smoke
Considerations when choosing the right dust and fume collector by Greg Schreier, metalworking market director, Camfil Air Pollution Control     The airborne “smoke” generated during the laser cutting process is actually a fume cloud comprised of very fine dust particles that can harm workers and equipment. These particulate contaminants, however, can be properly controlled through Read full article >>

Cloud cover

Cloud cover
A computerized maintenance management system lets manufacturers use the cloud for protection on land by Paul Lachance, president and CTO, Smartware Group Inc.     Strategies for keeping workers and visitors safe around laser equipment run the gamut from identifying hazard zones and posting warning signs to auditing equipment and hiring a full-time Laser Safety Officer (LSO). All of those Read full article >>

Safe Distances

Safe Distances
By calculating the nominal hazard zone, laser operators can better understand their equipment’s safe zoneby Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief “Although laser light – power and radiation – is essentially the same as other forms of light, to which we are accustomed, it’s highly concentrated, travels in one direction and is coherent. These factors allow the laser to be formed and focused, which could Read full article >>

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