Just like with any type of sheet metal cutting machine, there are certain safety procedures that must be adhered too before and during the operation period. In today’s blog, we’re going to take an in-depth look at the safety procedures surrounding the sheet metal shearing machine. Shearing machines are metal fabrication machines that are used for cutting sheets of metal. Due to its powerful performance abilities, hydraulic shearing machines also have the ability to cause significant injuries when not used properly. At BLMA, we are dedicated to ensuring all operators have an understanding of the safety guidelines to follow, as set forth by shearing machine manufacturers. Let’s look at several of the most important safety precautions that should be taken every time this machine is in use.
Anyone using the hydraulic metal shear should have received proper training on how to operate the machine. Thoroughly check the machine before even turning it on. This includes examining all parts to make certain they are in good working condition with the appropriate amount of lubrication, screws tightened in place and sharp blades. Additionally, check gas levels and the working pressure. This should not exceed 90% of the rated pressure equipment.
Assess your work area to make certain the area is clear of the clutter that could potentially cause you to fall. Shavings, dirt, and other clutter on your workspace can make benchtop shears unstable and can not only mess up your work but can make your hand slip and make you more susceptible to cutting yourself. Having clutter on your workspace when using shear scissors can make your hand slip as well or make it difficult to cut if the clutter jams in the blades.
Also, make sure your work area has sufficient lighting. Light can make a big difference when it comes to the safety of using sheet metal shears. Avoid cutting sheet metal in dark rooms so that you can oversee your work carefully. Make certain you have all personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to operate the machine safely. When dealing with sharp blades and edges, you should always wear thick safety gloves. You need gloves that can withstand basic punctures and cuts from blades and sharp edges on the sheet metal.
Finally, set up a safety border to ensure others do not get into your way.
1. Make certain any available safety enhancements, such as light curtains or rear-guards, are in place.
2. Always keep a lookout for overheating or smoking. Turn the power off immediately if this occurs.
3. If the machine stops functioning, ensure the power supply is turned completely off. Then, check your lubricating oil levels and try cleaning the hydraulic cutter. If this does not remedy the problem, find the sheet metal shearing machine’s user manual for further insight into the problem. Do not begin to operate the hydraulic shearing machine again until you are absolutely certain it is in perfect working order.
4. Ensure you have the right size blades for the material you are using.
5. An obvious but nevertheless essential safety tip for working with sheet metal shears is to only handle the tool by the handles. Do not carry the tools by the blades or by the power cord, because you may cut yourself on the blades. Before feeding any material through the blades, check the placement of your fingers and hands to ensure they are not in harm’s way. You can experience electric shock if you carry the tool by the power cord.
6. Watch for trash buildup. If debris begins to collect, cut the power to the machine completely off and dispose of it per your company’s policies.
7. Do not exceed the manufacturers’ rated capacity.
8. Alter the barrel distance to the one that is in accordance with the thickness of the plate.
9. Even if you're used to working with sheet metal shearing machine, it's important to remember to work slowly and not get so confident that you try cutting the sheet metal too quickly. Work slowly and carefully as you cut sheet metal.
Make certain power to the hydraulic shearing machine is completely cut off. Remove any trash and debris that has accumulated on the machine. Metal shavings and oil can get caught in your sheet metal shears over time. These can wear down the tool's effectiveness and make it easier to get injured because sheet metal may get caught. At least once a week, if not after each use, you should make sure the tool is free of debris. Use a cloth and wear gloves as you wipe the blades.
At BLMA, we know that a sheet metal shearing machine is an invaluable piece of equipment. However, it is essential that all safety precautions be followed to make certain no one is injured while operating this powerful piece of equipment. BLMA is China's top 10 shearing machine manufacturers, offering high-quality sheet metal shearing machine and professional sheet metal shears knowledge. If you have any needs, please contact us!