Machine Safety

Safe operation of the machine depends on its proper use and the precautions you take. Only trained personnel — with a clear and thorough understanding of its operation and safety requirements — should operate this machine.

Before operating the machine in any way, you must read and understand this section.

General Shop Safety

  • Make sure that only qualified machinery maintenance professionals install, setup, or perform maintenance on this machine.

  • Keep the work area well-lit. Use additional lighting if needed. The work area should be illuminated to a minimum of 500 lx.

  • Keep the work area temperature- and humidity-controlled.

  • Remove loose-fitting clothing, neckties, gloves, and jewelry.

  • Tie up long hair, and secure it under a hat.

  • Wear safety eye protection rated for ANSI Z87+.

  • Wear closed-toed safety shoes.

  • Wear ear protection when you expect the machine or the machining processes to exceed safe exposure limits.

  • Keep the work area clean and free of clutter.
    Machine motion can occur if controls are accidentally activated.

  • Immediately clean up spills after they occur.

  • Never operate the machine after consuming alcohol or taking medication that could prevent you from safely operating the machine.

  • Never operate the machine while tired or otherwise impaired.

  • Never operate the machine in an explosive (ATEX) atmosphere. Such explosive atmospheres include explosive gases, vapors, mists, powders, and dusts.

Operational Safety


  • Verify that the machine is installed so that the operator cannot reach any part of the machine while the machine is operating. Due to the variety of possible applications, Tormach is not able to provide an enclosure that fits all applications. If you purchased the machine without a safety enclosure, it is your responsibility to safely enclose the machine prior to operation.

  • Understand that the machine is automatically controlled and can start at any time. Immediately push in the Emergency Stop button if anyone enters the operating envelope during operation. Become familiar with all physical and software controls.

  • Thoroughly read all safety precautions and instructions.

  • When running an unproven program, use feed, speed, and maximum velocity overrides, single block, feedhold, and other control features.

  • Never obstruct the Emergency Stop button or any other controls. Never allow untrained operators to install, operate, or maintain the machine. Never modify, defeat, or bypass safety devices or interlocks.

Electrical Safety

  • Power off the machine before servicing. Use an approved lockout/tagout system to secure the machine's Main Disconnect in the OFF position before servicing the machine.

  • Understand that certain electrical components can retain dangerous electrical voltages, even after the machine is powered off and all power is removed from the system.

  • Understand that certain installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting procedures — for the machine and certain accessories — require access to or modification of wiring inside of the electrical cabinet. Only qualified electrical machinery technicians may perform these procedures.

  • Make sure that the mains voltage conforms to requirements before connecting the machine. For more information, see

  • Make sure that the machine installation meets all codes and regulations of your locality.

  • Make sure that electrical connections are performed by a certified electrician.

  • Lock the electrical cabinet door and remove the keys when the machine is not being serviced to prevent unqualified or unauthorized personnel from accessing the electrical cabinet.

  • Never operate the machine with the electrical cabinet door open.

  • Never reach into the electrical cabinet with the machine powered on.

  • Never modify the machine's electronics. Never drill into the electrical cabinet.

Intended Use

This machine is intended for machine tending with a Tormach CNC machine, and could be used for a variety of applications:

  • Education

  • Foam milling

  • Paint application

  • Process automation

  • Welding

  • Videography

To safely operate products, you must obey all safety precautions and warnings that are on the machines and in the documentation.

Machine Standards

When installed and operated as intended this machine complies with the following standards. To make sure that the machine remains compliant, you must follow the requirements listed in the standards.

American National Safety Institute (ANSI) and Robotic Industries Association (RIA)

  • ANSI R15.06 American National Standard for Industrial Robots and Robot Systems- Safety Requirements

  • ANSI TR3-2000 Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction — A Guideline to Estimate, Evaluate, and Reduce Risks Associated with Machine Tools

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • OSHA 212 General Requirements for All Machines

  • OSHA 3067 Concepts and Techniques of Machine Safeguarding