Brian (digibri) wrote,

Who says safety isn't cool (from the dept. of orange vests)


This is neat. This copmany has developed technology for tablesaws to
prevent people from losing fingers and hands to the blade. The thing has a
microprocessor that detects when the electrical impedence changes in the
sawblade (from a finger or other human skin touching it) and it uses an
emergency braking mechanism to stop the blade so quickly that it prevents
more than a 1/8" deep cut.

The braking mechanism ends up shredding the blade, but the saw is unharmed.
It costs about $80 to reset the saw back to a ready and safe state. All in
all, $80 is a heck of a lot less than a workman's compensation claim.

The videos are cool - they demonstrate with a hotdog.

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