Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry Wehmiller, has announced that its newest tissue saw, the Xcut saw, now includes sensors that monitor saw blade condition. The technology tracks the edge of the blade and monitors it for the earliest indications of a blade crash. The blade edge sensor monitors the current diameter of the blade and adjusts functions like grinder depth and other blade wear compensations while gathering data that can be used to study the blade wear rate.
The Xcut saw also features a fiber optic blade integrity sensor. During operation, the sensor is covered by the blade. If the sensor becomes uncovered due to the blade crashing or breaking, it puts the saw into emergency stop mode.