What are the benefits of automating roll splitting and core removal?
Many companies choose to save money by reusing the cores at the center of their rolls of paper, film, foil, non-wovens and other materials. But before you can reuse the core, you must remove the waste material left over from its last use.
If your shop cleans its cores manually with razor knives, you’re wasting production and worker time, while putting your employees at risk for serious injuries.
Manual methods using a razor knife can take up to 30 minutes or more — if the worker is careful and methodical. Speeding up the process in order to save time can easily lead to mistakes and injuries. For instance, if the knife is pressed through too many layers of the material, it will get stuck. Then the knife must be forcefully removed — a recipe for potential bodily harm.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cuts from razor knives are the cause of approximately 153,000 workplace injuries a year in private industry alone. Many of these result from using hand-held razor knives to manually cut plastic film and other materials from cardboard cores, which unnerves employees and raises red flags among safety inspectors.
Automated roll splitters combine efficiency and safety
Roll splitters, also sometimes called core slabbers, automate the process of removing waste material from the core. These machines turn what was a time-consuming and potentially hazardous chore into a short, simple and safe routine that can be performed by one worker in less than a minute.
Precision AirConvey's roll splitters use a simple process that is full of built-in safeguards:
• A worker loads the waste material roll on the mandrel and locks it into place: The roll splitter will not function unless the roll is locked.
• He or she closes the safety gate: The roll splitter will not function if the gate is open.
• He or she initiates the knife: The roll splitter will not function if two hands aren’t used.
• Literally a few seconds later, when the material has been removed, the worker opens the gate and removes the clean core, which can be reused in production.
PAC's roll splitter safety system is also OSHA-approved, and machines are available in different models and may be configured to accommodate rolls of various lengths and diameters. They also may be used to cut the core itself for disposal, if that is desired.