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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 >>

Appointing a laser safety officer

Appointing a laser safety officer
Why it’s good to have an LSO monitoring your laser use and how to pick the best candidate 
 by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief   
Since its introduction to the world in 1960 by Theodore Maiman, the light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation device, AKA, the laser, has undergone a number of technological advancements that have made it a more affordable and available tool for Read full article >>

The First Step

The First Step
Initiating a laser safety program starts with identifying the laser hazard classifications associated with certain equipment by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief Ask the owner of almost any company what he or she regards as the business’s greatest asset and chances are, they won’t say it’s the expensive equipment, the real estate it’s housed in or even the brand recognition that has been developed Read full article >>

Safe and Sound

Safe and Sound
Avoiding hazards related to laser cutting equipment begins with understanding your new laser and continues with solid planning By Geoff Giordano Using lasers safely in a manufacturing environment requires plenty of planning, good training and constant vigilance. It all starts with the creation of a sound safety plan and, often, the appointment of a laser safety officer (LSO), as well as having Read full article >>

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