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Thermoforming Machine Safety Tour - Slide 2
 
Featured Areas
(1) Canopy hoods provide ventilation and are used to remove gases and vapors emitted from decomposing plastic that may be irritating to eyes and respiratory tract if employees are exposed. [Photo description: Highlighted area includes a silver fume canopy above the thermoforming machine.] View close-up
(2) This is a guarded in-running nip end feed roller. Rolls of plastic sheet that have been loaded on the roll stand are threaded by the worker to the machine through end feed rollers. End feed rollers are guarded or opened to avoid a wide range of injuries that occur from hazards created by the movement of machine parts and/or roll stock. [Photo description: Highlighted area includes a long narrow opening near the front of the machine.] View close-up
(3) There are multiple pinch points on the roll-fed feed end unwind stand. Employees should ensure that the rotating shaft is nested properly in the groove, as a nip point hazard is created by the movement of the shaft into the groove. [Photo description: Highlighted area includes a metal bar that spins to unwind material into the machine.] View close-up

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