Technology has advanced to create much more safety in the workplace. CNC Machines protect operators through new and incredible approaches. But, there are still safety steps you or your staff should continue to take to avoid accidents.
CNC Machine Safety Tips
Training Before Touching
CNC Machines each have a unique function and process, so each machine requires specific training. With modern technology continuing to advance, machinery continues to become more and more user-friendly. But, make sure to go through any related training even if the machine appears easy to manage.
Wear All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Machinery production continues to take user protection into account during the design process. These added layers of protection mean increased user safety, but they don’t save people from all harm. Taking the extra step of wearing hearing protection, proper work shoes, and safety goggles will decrease the chance of an accident happening.
Keep Safety Guards and Doors Up on Machines
Many accidents occur when operators reach inside a machine to clear out a blockage. Only technicians additionally trained in adding or removing these protective layers should adjust them. These guards stop debris, sparks, and more from coming out of the machine and body parts from getting caught inside the machine.
Machines Need to be Clean and Well-Maintained
Everyone gets busy at work trying to stay as productive as possible. But the cleaner your workstation and the CNC machine, the less likely there is to be a hazard. Sweeping below your station can prevent slips for you or anyone else who passes. Try to do the following:
- Ensure all tools are free of cracks
- Double-check tool settings
- Double-check the tool data correlates to the program
- Test tools before use
- Check the area for cleanliness before use.
- Set the direction for right and left-handed operators
- Only use tools within manufacturer limits
Keep an Eye on Your Machine
Although many CNC machines are mostly programmable, keeping a trained human operator in the room is essential to safely maintaining production. Injuries become more likely when a problem comes up with the machine while no one was present.
These steps can help keep you or your staff safe while working on your CNC machine. Is your business ready for a new CNC machine? Whether you want to sell a CNC machine that you no longer need, buy a missing machine, or want to check out our stock, give Tramar Industries a call at (248)426-5555.