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Use the "Move Left" and "Move Right" links below to navigate around the machine.  Featured areas in the image are numbered and described in the "Featured Areas" section located below the image.

Thermoforming Machine Safety Tour - Slide 39
 
Featured Areas
(1) 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
(2) This is the top of the Hang Hole Remover. This device acts as a stripper and separator and removes internal die cuts. [Photo description: The highlighted area includes silver, black, and orange moving metal parts of the machine.] View close-up
(3) The trim station holds the trim die. The sharp knives used on the trim die can cause cuts. Appropriate PPE must be worn when working around these knives. Working on the trim dies requires proper lockout and tagout including blocking to prevent possible crushing and amputation injuries. [Photo description: The highlighted area includes silver, black, and orange moving metal parts of the machine.] View close-up

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