There are quite a few different strategies that you can use in order to manage chip control. Chip control issues will usually lead to problems such as conveyor stoppages or poor surface finishes. They also can lead to safety hazards as well. One of the first things you need to do is understand the features of each particular chip. You also want to implement chip breakers as this will allow you to maintain the correct amount of heat and pressure in order to maximize efficiency.
- Chip control issues usually lead to more problems like poor surface finishes and a shorter lifespan for tools.
- The appearance of a chip can help provide a second line of sight for the operator of the machine.
- There is no correct size of a chip but the rule of thumb is the smaller the chip the better.
“When a new job, material or process is being run, the chips should be examined. Chips with ragged, serrated edges often indicate an unstable process.”