Adaptive suction hood system
- Distance reduction between collecting element and machine
- Increased performance
- High versatility
Suction hoods are used for collecting chips produced during machining wood work pieces. Standardly, chips are guided toward a hood using an air flow. This flow must be strong enough to re-direct the mechanical impulse of the chips towards the suction hood. Usually very high air flows are required in order to collecting the chips, which causes high energy consumption.
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The present invention provides a suction hood system consisting of several collecting elements forming a ring-like shape. These elements can be moved between a first and a second position, increasing or decreasing the circumference of the ring-like structure. Switching from one position to another, the system can be adapted to the size of the tool, which is place inside this ring-shape structure. This configuration has the following advantages:
- The distance between the collecting elements and workpiece can be reduced, significantly reducing the energy consumption.
- The size of the gaps through which the chips can escape form the suction hood in minimized and the overall performance of the system is increased.
- This system can be adapted to a wide variety of workpieces and machining tools of different shapes and sizes.
This system can be widely used in the wood industry, leading to a reduction of the energy consumption and to an improvement of the performance for a wide range of machining processes.