INFO AND FAQ’S
OH & S MANAGEMENT
Each company now has an obligation under the law to carry out a risk assessment of all machinery in their factory and we urge all our customers to ensure your own risk assessment data is compliant with the latest requirements as defined in the OH&S; Act, regulations and Australian standards.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Principle behind Single Knife Slitting?
Products that may not be suitable for single knife slitting include densely wound films such as shrink films. Customers considering purchasing a SKS should always evaluate the product they wish to split as to its suitability for this method of splitting.
Why Invest in a Single Knife Slitter?
Automatic or Manual Machine?
A Manual Machine should be considered when the number of slit rolls per day of multiple widths does not exceed 600 on average and roll diameters do not exceed 300mm (12”) A manual machine is ideal for short slitting runs of special widths for a wide range of materials.
Why is Safety Guarding required on a SKS?
Under CE, OSHA and AS Standards, single knife slitters are rated Category 3. In Australia AS4024-1-2006 requires machines to be fully guarded using fail-safe systems. It is mandatory for all suppliers and users to carry out a risk assessment for all machinery; all companies have an obligation to ensure they have effective and up to date risk management practices in place.
Risk factors include;
Fragmentation – injury from steel knives and grinding wheels also flying objects (chuck pins).
Electrocution – injury from access by unauthorized personnel to electrical control cabinet.
Entrapment – injury to operators with loose clothing drawn into rotating mandrel/material.
Cutting injuries – injury from rotating knife and from handling knives without suitable protective gloves.
Javelin has a strong ongoing commitment to the continual improvement of OH&S; management,. In accordance with this obligation, Javelin completed design reviews and operational risk assessments for the latest models of Javelin automatic and manual single knife slitters and each machine was supplied with the relevant risk assessment.
Owners of Javelin machines built and delivered prior to 2006 should be aware of new safety requirements affecting machine guarding. Your company now has an obligation under the law to carry out a risk assessment of all machinery in your factory.
Why is Guarding Essential for Steel Knives & Rotation Mandrels?
Mandrels rotating at high RPM with material with loose outer wraps can catch hold of loose fitting clothing and draw an arm or hand into the machine. All single knife slitting machines (automatic & manual) use geared mandrel drive motors which cannot physically be stopped.