What is the Safety Chain? - TigerStop

The safety chain is as the name indicates, a full chain of components that must be satisfied for safety purposes in order for the machine to power on and operate.

A safety chain is an integral part of both the Advanced Interconnect Kit (AIK) as well as the fully automated TigerSaw systems.

 

Safety chain on TigerSaw:

  • Please also see our section on “What Do All the Lights on the Front of my TigerSaw Mean?
  • Safety Chain Components:
    • Air: You must have proper PSI into your system in order for the air portion of the safety chain to be satisfied, please see the pressure regulator on the side of the saw to check your current PSI
    • Lube Mist (TigerSaw2000 only): If you have a lube mist system, you must have enough lubricant in the reservoir tank. Operating without enough lubricant in the system can lead to faster wear on the blades/machines and is potentially unsafe.
    • Safety Trip Line: If your safety trip line has been tripped and not properly reset, you will not be able to turn on the system.
    • Emergency Stop Button: You can press this button to kill power to the saw and positioner. It must be reset before power can be restored to the system.

 

  • Other safety chain components: There are two to three (depends on setup) other possible elements that factor into the safety chain that don’t impact the light on the front:
    • Please note: With both guard/blade door, there is a lockout period of 6 seconds after turning the saw off before you can open these, or you risk damaging the key/latch. It is also recommended to trip the estop or safety line before opening for the same reasons as above.
      • Guard Door Latch – This is one of the most common reasons people run into on why their saw will not turn on. If you do not have the key properly aligned to go inside the latch, your saw will not turn on. For testing purposes only, if you believe this may be your issue, you can unmount the key and place it directly into the latch and see if your saw turns on. **NOTE: THIS PART IS ONLY FOR TROUBLESHOOTING, YOU MUST CORRECT THIS IN ORDER TO SAFELY RUN YOUR SAW**
      • Blade Door Latch – Less common an issue than the guard door latch, but same scenario.
    • Light Curtain: – Most systems do not have this, but if you have an actual light curtain, the system will not operate unless the light curtain is satisfied.

Safety Chain on an Advanced Interconnect Kit (AIK) System:

  • Safety Trip Line: If your safety trip line has been tripped and not properly reset, you will not be able to turn on the system.
  • Emergency Stop Button: You can press this button to kill power to the saw and positioner. It must be reset before power can be restored to the system.
  • For certain AIK systems, if you have tripped one component, you may need to trip both, reset both, then hit a reset button on the AIK box itself