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Fitting an extractor

How to install an extractor to SmartBench.

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The extractor is an essential part of the SmartBench system, as it removes swarf during the machining process. This is necessary to make sure the job runs smoothly and safely. 

Always turn the extraction on to avoid potential build up of the swarf on the workpiece.

 

Build up of swarf on the workpiece can result in high levels of friction and heat at the cutting site. To prevent this, it is critical that swarf is removed from the cutting site during the job, using effective extraction.

 

If appropriate extraction is not used, the build-up of swarf can force SmartBench out of position while it is cutting. This can cause job failure. 

 

The extractor connector is located at the underside of the Lower X Beam.

A: Extractor connector

Attach the extraction hose to the connector as shown below

B: Connector 

C: Extraction hose

Connect the extractor power lead to SmartBench

The extractor power lead is used to connect SmartBench with an extractor.

SmartBench has an inbuilt power outlet located underside of the Lower X Beam: 

Connect the extractor lead like this:

D: Extractor power socket

E: Extractor power lead

The extractor power lead connection should look like this:

Make sure the cable is not loose as this will disrupt the connection.

Push the extraction power lead securely into the strain relief clip. The strain relief clip is located on the Lower X Beam as shown below.

Using the strain relief correctly will ensure the cables cannot be removed during the SmartBench operation in case of a pull or snag.

Connect the extractor to power

The extractor maximum power is:

  • 1600 watts if your SmartBench is rated for 230V

  • 1000 watts if your SmartBench is rated for 120V

Click here if your extractor is rated within the limits specified above. 

Click here if your extractor exceeds the limit specified above.

Option 1:

You CAN use option 1 (power from SmartBench) if:

  • your SmartBench is rated at 230V and the extractor is rated up to a power rating of 1600W 

  • your SmartBench is rated at 120V and the extractor is rated up to a power rating of 1000W 

Failure to comply with the power specifications may cause fuses to blow. 

 

Connect your extraction plug to the extraction power lead.

F: Extractor

G: Extraction power lead

H: Extraction plug

The extractor power connection should look like this:

Make sure the cable has enough reach to freely move along the bench, and that it will not catch on any obstacles.

A cable that is not free to move will be under tension, which could cause the plug to be pulled from the mains socket while SmartBench is in operation.

Option 2:

You MUST use an external power supply if:

  • your SmartBench is rated at 230V and the extractor exceeds the power rating of 1600W 

  • your SmartBench is rated at 120V and the extractor exceeds the power rating of 1000W 

Failure to comply with the power specifications will cause damage to SmartBench. 

Connect your extractor to an external power supply like this:

I: Extractor

J: External power supply

DO NOT plug your extractor into the extractor power lead.

Connect the SmartBench extraction hose to the Z Head

The SmartBench extraction hose is located at the far end of the beam (i.e. opposite to the home end).

K: SmartBench extraction hose

Pull the SmartBench extraction hose (L) from the housing.

L: SmartBench extraction hose

The extraction hose (N) will need to be securely locked into the Z Head elbow (O); the next steps describe how to do this. 

M: Z head 

N: Extraction hose

O: Z head elbow

The Z Head elbow has an “L” shape locking feature as highlighted below.

O: Z head elbow

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The extraction hose (P) has a dome nut (R) at the bottom, which acts as a drop bolt. 

Align the dome nut with the channel inside the Z Head elbow, and insert the extraction hose into the Z Head elbow. 

Rotate the extraction hose clockwise to secure it inside the Z Head elbow.

P: Extraction hose

Q: Z head elbow

R: Dome nut

When the extraction hose is locked in place, the drop bolt will no longer be visible. 

The complete assembly should look like this:

When SmartBench is Idle, disconnect the hose from the Z Head, and return it to its housing at the far end of the beam. This will ensure that the hose stays flexible. 


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Updated on Tue, 24 Aug 2021