Automatic measurement of wood planks by laser distance sensors increases the capacity of a rip saw with moveable blades.
Cutting wood planks to width is of key importance in solid wood working. So-called rip saws with moveable blades are frequently used for this purpose in saw mills and joineries, right through to the furniture industry. Their saw blades can be automatically positioned on an axis crosswise to the cutting direction. This enables several laths to be produced in the required width(s) from one raw wood plank in one rip sawing process. As manual feeding and alignment of the wood are still standard practise, the capacity of a rip saw with moveable blades remains limited, even though the operator is generally assisted by laser markings when measuring the plank.
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