First Time Working With A CNC Machine? 3 Tips To Keep You Safe

6 June 2016
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

If this is going to be your first time working on a CNC turning machine, it's important that you familiarize yourself with a few safety precautions. Like any industrial machinery, the CNC can cause serious injuries if you don't follow all safety procedures. In addition to the training that your workplace will provide you with, here are a few tips you should follow to ensure your safety.

Watch Your Clothing

The CNC machine will require you to hand-feed certain components of the materials you'll be using. Because of that, it's important that you make sure your clothing is out of the way. Never have long, loose sleeves or thread dangling from your clothing. It's also important that you keep your shirt tucked in at all times. Loose threads, long sleeves, and other loose articles of clothing can get caught up in the gears and pull you through the machine. Avoid wearing any clothing that could pose a risk to you or those around you. By inspecting your clothing each time that you use your machine, you can avoid potentially devastating injuries.

Inspect the Polycarbonate Vision Panel

The front of the machine contains a polycarbonate vision panel. The panel allows you to monitor the work without being exposed to flying debris. Before you use the CNC machine, you should inspect the polycarbonate vision panel. Look for chips, cracks or other defects that would prevent it from protecting you properly. If you notice any type of defect in the vision panel, do not use the machine. Instead, shut the machine down and contact a line supervisor. The panel will need to be replaced before you can safely use it again.

Always Wear Protective Gear

Protective gear is crucial when working with a CNC machine. Before you begin work, make sure you're wearing your gear. Your gear should include closed-toed boots and safety goggles. Don't wear gloves unless required to do so by your site supervisor. Gloves can get caught up in the machinery and lead to severe injuries. It's also important that you follow gear requirements set forth by your employer. Your safety gear will protect you against serious injuries.

If you're going to doing any sort of precision CNC machining, you need to follow safety precautions. The tips provided here will help keep you safe while you work. Be sure to read any safety manuals that are available for the equipment you'll be working with.