One machine combines scanning and crosscutting to reduce stoppages
July 2, 2018 | 11:58 am CDT

Eagle Machinery combines two-sided, vision-based defect scanning with high-speed crosscutting into a single machine with its EagleEye Talon Vision saw. The EagleEye Talon Vision saw is a 2018 IWF Challengers Award recipient.

According to the company, the integration of these two processes allow for greater accessibility for ease of calibration and machine maintenance, convenient and ergonomic drawer slides for easy access to scanning hardware, and a vibration isolation subassembly mount for scanning hardware.

In addition to simplified machine features, the combination streamlines material flow, which the company says saves on shop floor space, and requires less material transitions to move the material in and out of separate machines.

Traditionally, stoppages occur if/when boards fall out of queue in the communication between separate scanners and saws leaving potential for boards to be processed with the wrong scanned cut solutions. The EagleEye eliminates buffering and sequencing between the scanner and saw, which results in fewer production stoppages.

The company says the features of the EagleEye Talon Vision saw result in several opportunities for improvement over conventional designs such as: more space efficient, simplified material flow, fewer material transitions, fewer production stoppages, reduced maintenance, improved yields, reduced waste, and lower investment cost.

Examples of this system’s applications include but are not limited to: hardwood flooring, truck and trailer flooring, upholstery frame furniture, mouldings, finger jointing, and cabinet components.

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Angel Kipfer is an editorial intern at the Woodworking Network.