With dangerous and disruptive log saw blade changeovers to consider, how do tissue converters keep their workers safe and their lines moving? The solution lies in the Blade Change Technical Improvement Program (TIP) — advanced automation technology that decreases human-machine interaction and significantly increases worker safety. Learn more in this video:
Operational efficiency and safety are key in any production facility. Through the years, we’ve increased operational safety through devices, through machine guarding, but there’ve been certain tasks along the way that really haven’t been possible to this point.
The 179AX Log Saw was a breakthrough in the market; the first log saw that was capable of an automatic blade change — a huge hurdle in the process to automating the warehouse, the factory, the production facility.
Since the release of the 179AX log saw, many converters with 176 and 177 log saws in the field would like to have the additional functionalities that the 179AX log saws come with, but up until this point, that was not feasible. With our new modification, we’re able to apply that functionality to 176 and 177 log saws that are in the field today.
The light version of the modification allows the operator to change the blade manually, but in a much safer way than had been done in the past. The operator simply uses a foot pedal to release a pneumatic hub. The operator places the blade onto the pneumatic hub, removes the blade guard, exits the log saw, and presses the button to resume the process of automatically sharpening the blade.
The full version of the modification comes with an arm that automatically brings the new blade from the exterior of the log saw and places it onto the pneumatic hub automatically. One hundred percent safety is achieved when we complete the blade change process in this fashion.
The main payback to this type of modification is going to come from two parts. The first part is going to be safety. Without the risk of having the operator within the machine while the change is occurring major savings can be achieved through reduced insurance rates. The second part is going to be efficiency. The blade being changed in under 4 minutes every single time with zero rewinder downtime is going to allow 27 to 30 minutes of additional production time for every single blade that is changed on the saw. Over a year of time, this could be well over $200,000 of production.
This modification is a must for anyone searching for increased efficiency, increased operator safety, or just a simpler way of doing business.