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Thermoforming Machine Safety Tour - Slide 27
 
Featured Areas
(1) A properly applied adjustable guard controls worker access to moving plastic sheet or machinery. [Photo description: The highlighted area includes a sheet of orange metal covering an area housing moving parts.] View close-up
(2) The stacker is a bottom tool that pushes the parts upward through the plastic web. The tooling for the stacker is usually made from wood or aluminum and the operation can be automatically performed by a robotic process. [Photo description: The highlighted area resides inside the machine but is visible through an opening in the side. Moving parts can be seen which push parts up out the top.] View close-up
(3) The door serves as a guard to control workers access to moving machine parts and electrical equipment. [Photo description: The highlighted area includes a small white door at the end of the machine.] View close-up
(4) End view of the stacker and scrap rewinder. [Photo description: The highlighted area includes the end of the machine with a round spool with two prongs on one end where the trim scrap is rewound. Also shown are some internal pieces of the stacker.] View close-up

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