Chop Saw Optimization by Cameron Automation

By: James L Taylor  09-12-2011

The Quick Chop is a complete and affordable push feed chop saw optimization system.

1. Using a luminescent crayon, the operator marks a board for defects and places the board on the stops. These crayon marks will not appear on the cut board.

2. With the push of a button the chop saw operator can select which cutting bill to use on the board. Unlike the slow 'paddle' measuring/defecting technique, the operator does not have to walk from one end of the board to the other to determine the board's length.

3. The servo controlled pusher/scanner then scans the board for length and the location of the crayon marks. The board is then dropped in front of the pusher/scanner and it is fed into the saw and cut at the optimum positions based on the data collected.

As the board is being cut, the operator can mark the next board, place it on the stops and select the next cutting bill, so that it can be scanned immediately the instant the previous board is finished.

Three stages of operation provide for a faster production rate.

The Quick Chop Will:

  • Accurately cut boards to length from cutlists plus or minus .030". For even closer tolerances the Quick Chop chop saw optimization system offers the option of a lineal encoder for accuracy of plus or minus .010.
  • Allow operator to use familiar crayon based defect marking and grading.
  • Increase yield of cut stock and prioritize chop lengths.
  • Make accurate and smooth cuts with a mechanical chop saw.
  • Keep accurate tallies of production and yield.
  • Increase operator safety.
  • Network with office computers to import cut lists from spread sheets and review reports.
  • Print legths and references on parts with an optional inkjet printer.
  • Wirelessly network with other Quick Chops and the Quick Rip to collectively work on jobs and increase yield.

Advantages:

  • Increases Yield
  • Reduces Labor
  • Consistency
  • Increases Safety
  • Full Computer System
  • Fast & Easy to Operate

Customers who will benefit from the Quick Chop:

  • Small to medium sized shops.
  • Those who currently have operators using manually operated chop saws.
  • Manufacturers of high quality wood products.

Productivity:
Up to 10,000 lineal feet per 8 hour shift. Speed is directly related to number of cuts per board. More than an average of 5 cuts per board will yield lower production numbers.

In summary:
The Quick Chop will increase yield and safety on your chop line.


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