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Forum topic by Mainiac Matt posted 07-16-2013 11:34 PM 1233 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mainiac Matt

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07-16-2013 11:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tiger stop tigerstop

I’ve spent some long days at work recently working on a new upcut saw installation. We just purchased two new saws (one new from the OEM and the other at auction) which are both equipped with a Tiger Stop.

This is a generic pic off of there web site. Ours is set up for right hand operation

This fence system is really a treat…. dead accurate, fast positioning, and in pusher mode, after making a trim cut, it advances your stock (for us a stack of boards) the programmed amount and automatically compensates for the saw kerf to give you finished parts one after another, advancing the stock automatically after each hit of the saw.

We also spent the extra money for a controller upgrade that provides a micro-PC with a touch screen, upon which we are running a program called Clip Board. This enables us to download cut lists from our server, and to optimize the different cuts from the length of stock we choose.

Here’s a screen shot that shows a cut list pulled up and ready to optimize.

And here’s one that shows the optimizer set up to mix and match cut lengths to maximize utilization of the entered stock length.

As you make your cuts, it highlights the items on the cut list, and updates your tally. Each time you actuate the saw, the fence pushes the stock through for the next cut and updates the progress on the optimizer display and the cut list.

It’s looking like the set up is going to do most of what we wanted it to do, and with some extra leg work and creative work arounds, we’ll be able to accomplish the rest.

The new saw is from Vista Machine, and has a 20” dia blade… so we can put multiple stacks of lumber on the conveyor and cut upwards of 12 pieces at a whack.

The optimization program is the cat’s meow though… we ran a cut list of 5 different length items, loading stacks of 16’ long 1×4 on the roller conveyors. When we enter the stock length, the program goes through all the conceivable configurations and automatically determines how many of each part to cut from each run of 16 footers. We’re talking a 2” trim cut on the front edge, then the fence pushes the stock through a series of cuts until the remainder is to short for use. Cutting for a production order of 10 assemblies, the average waste at the end of a board was less than 6”, with the last boards having a 14” scrap piece.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!


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#1 posted 07-17-2013 01:16 AM

Technology for the production shop! Thanks for sharing. How many employees were defered or lost their jobs? I hope none. They can always watch then sweep up.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 01:52 AM

I hear where your coming from Russell…. but I can honestly say you’ve got it all wrong in our companies circumstances (of which I am an employee, trying to help make the company be successful, and not an owner).

No one has been laid off…. we are actually posting a new position to operate this equipment… and can’t fill it. We also have had three other positions posted in this department for almost two months, that we also can’t fill. After having multiple applicants fail their pre-employment drug test, we finally managed to hire three. Two quit after one day on the job. And the third guy walked out after his third day. (I’ll leave it to you to speculate why).

So the shop is bogged down, running a week behind their production schedule and our customer service can only juggle customer priorities so long before they decide to take their business elsewhere. That’s when you’ll see the help wanted sign pulled… with layoffs to follow.

Smart management has to solve the problem…even if we can’t get sober and reliable people to do the work.

So we’re looking to technology and equipment to increase our through put.

This is an industrial environment. This department runs two shifts and has ~25 people working in it. The town is putting the kabosh on any new construction. And we don’t have the floor space to install more manual up-cut saws. We have to use the floor space we have and install better equipment that will increase our through put, as we can’t feed the assembly tables fast enough.

I share your sentiments… but it’s a freegin’ dog eat dog world out there, and we’ve been on the verge of shutting down this entire operation in years gone long by. We pulled out by getting efficient…. and that (in my limited experience) is how you keep people employed.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 02:02 AM

PS.

There’s another angle to this upgrade.

The new saw is made in Pennsylvania and the TigerStop equipment is made in Washington state. So, somehow, I can’t help but speculate that placing orders with those companies might have some how helped them keep their people employed as well.

It’s the inexpensive, medium duty, manual upcut saws that are made in Taiwan. We’re replacing them with top shelf, heavy duty saws made from 1/4” plate steel.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#4 posted 07-17-2013 02:12 AM

I’ve been employed with companies also that can’t keep people on also and you could depend on who would show up on a Monday or Friday. Production could barely stay on schedule. I’m very happy for your new equipment helping to solve the companies through-put and keep the customers pleased. That;s a very interesting review you’ve given us. Thanks again!!!!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#5 posted 07-17-2013 02:30 AM

Matt,
I’d love to see a video of it in action. Perhaps one from your “work workshop” or do you have a link to a manufacturer video.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 07-17-2013 02:41 AM

Thanks Russel…. and I really do know where your coming from wrt. the layoff thing…. Jack Welch and his army of laptop MBAs have done more harm to this country than Hirohito.

I’m gonna try to take some pics and maybe a short video clip this week Randy…

Live from Maniac land.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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