Thermal and acoustic insulation can be difficult to cut, and fabricators often choose to cut insulation by hand using Exacto knives or box cutters. Over time, this can cause out-of-tolerance parts that require rework, which adds to manufacturing waste. And it can eat up the time of high-value employees on manual tasks that don’t make the most of their skills.
A CO2 laser cutter can solve these problems and deliver a better quality result than manual cutting. The machine can also produce a clean, straight cut and minimize dust. In addition, the system can save material and labor by producing panels that are nested, which cuts waste and optimizes foam usage. The system can also automatically generate labels for offcuts that include job reference, panel dimensions and other custom data.
In addition to eliminating the need for manual cutting, the system makes it safer to work with insulating cotton because there’s no blade to handle. The system is fitted with a safety scanner that creates a 1.5m protective zone around the moving element at all times, and any person or object within the radius is instantly halted.
When you do need to handle a blade, Slice’s patent-pending ceramic blades are a safe choice. They’re designed to last 11 times longer than steel blades and are a safer choice for handling abrasive materials such as fiberglass insulation. The company offers both a Manual Industrial Knife and an Auto-Retractable Industrial Knife for cutting insulation batts. insulation cutting machine