Morgan Advanced Materials in Greenville, South Carolina have implemented their first of many BladeStop band saws into their electrical carbon processing facility.
In its Greenville plant, Morgan Advanced Materials are a world-leader in advanced materials science, carbon and composites. Operating in a series of well-defined markets where their applications expertise offers customers a valuable differentiator.
With previous history of minor band saw related injuries, Morgan Greenville began searching for a product that would protect their operators for the dangers of carbon processing. An initial search led Paul Shewmaker to BladeStop and a direct installation began. “I saw that BladeStop was being used in the meat cutting industry in Australia and I think this will work for Carbon, I got in touch with SCOTT and it went from there.”
As band saws are used for the processing of Carbon, Morgan needed a solution to provide their band saw operators with a safer, risk reduced environment. Paul Shewmaker, Director of HR & EHS states “We’ve now got one saw in operation, we have many saws that we need to solve this problem for. What we’ve seen is that the safety devices work perfectly, it really is something that makes all the differences for our operators – they love it!”
Since installation BladeStop has potentially saved a number of injuries, with operators feeling more comfortable on the band saw. “It makes me as an employee feel like the company really does care about their people when they decide to bring something in that will prevent us from injuring ourselves on the saw” – Vickie Acker, Operator.
BladeStop has allowed Morgan advanced Materials Greenville continue processing carbon at without any loss in production, but a gain in safer operations in regards to band saw operation.
BladeStop™ is available worldwide and is uniquely designed to reduce risks of serious injury by mechanically stopping the bandsaw blade when the unit senses that a person has come in contact with the blade.
BladeStop is available in two sensing methods. Upon sensing contact with the operator, the blade stops operating within 9 milliseconds. This can be a huge difference between having just a small skin cut or an amputated finger.
BladeStop™ was developed by Scott Automation & Robotics in collaboration with MLA and AMPC.
Adding up the benefits
- Reduce production time lost due to injuries
- Greatly reduce worker’s compensation cost
- Reduce insurance premiums
- Reduce operator turnover and training costs
- Promote positive OH&S related to bandsaw operation
- Reduce product spoilage
- Improve personnel morale; happy and motivated workers
- Improve company’s image as an attractive workplace
BladeStop™ was developed by Scott Automation & Robotics in collaboration with MLA.