associated with wood dust exposure
include dermatitis, allergic respiratory
effects, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory effects, and cancer. Oak and beech
are most associated with a rare form of
nasal cancer. In addition, the American
Conference of Governmental Industrial
Hygienists recognizes wood dust as a
“confirmed” human carcinogen and
recommends a limit of 1 milligram per
cubic meter (mg/m3) for hardwoods.
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workers to wear dust masks, costing the
company about $120 in disposable masks
every three days. Since the new system
was implemented, workers are no longer
required nor need to wear the masks
because the factory is so clean. “We recently had a visitor who commented that,
even with 18 sanders going at once, there
is no haze to obscure your vision.”
Wood dust was also harming the
wood products. “Before Nilfisk, dust was
everywhere and it would often collect on
the sanders, then travel with the sandpaper causing swirl marks on the wood piece
you were working on,” says Justin Boutin.
The company would have to compensate
by sanding more, which in turn created
more dust. “It was an endless cycle.”
Also, prior to purchasing the Nilfisk
system, Oak Designs wasted valuable
man-hours sweeping and manually vacuuming floors and equipment. The company
estimates that it spent an average of five to
10 minutes cleaning after every shift and
the dust was still a major nuisance.
In addition to saving time and labor on
cleaning since adding the Nilfisk vacuum
system, Oak Designs saves money on
sandpaper. Wood dust clogged sandpaper, dulling it prematurely. “We went
through at least 10 boxes of sandpaper
every three days, now a box lasts two
or more weeks. At about $12 per box,
we were wasting nearly $250 a week on
paper.” Now the plant averages five times
more use of the same sandpaper disc.
Maintaining a pristine factory is extremely important to Oak Designs. It im-
proves workflow, affects quality, and has
a positive impact on employee morale.
“A dirty plant can slow people down.
Without dust and debris or other hazards
on the floor, things move smoother.
Employees move quicker and are safer
without obstructions or slippery, dusty
surfaces,” says Justin Boutin. ❮
PANELSAW EDGEBANDER BORING MACHINE
Sliding table: 10 1/2'
Blade capacity: 12" to 16"
Main motor: 7. 5 HP 220v / 3-phase
RPM: 3200 / 4000 / 6000
Cut height 90°: 5. 1"
Cut height 45°: 3. 5"
Rip capacity: 50"
Scoring blade dia.: 125mm
Weight: 2,532 lbs.
Min. panel thickness: 1/2"
Max. panel thickness: 2"
Min. panel width: 2.75"
Min. edgebanding thickness: 0.4 mm
Max. edgebanding thickness: 5 mm
Feed speed: 35 fpm
Frequency converter: yes
Power requirements: 220v / 3-phase
Compressed air: 90 PSI 2 CFM
Weight: 1,990 lbs.
Platinum Series Boring
Motor: 2 HP - 220v / 3-phase
Spindles: 21 ( 11 R / 10 L)
Head tilt: 0º - 90º (Pneumatic)
Main fence: 10 w/ 4 flip-stops
Side fences: 3 w/2 flip-stops
Table size 22" x 34. 5"
Table height: 35"
RPM: 3,470 RPM
Weight: 950 lbs.
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