Whirlwind Tool Announces Black Box Patent
Whirlwind Tool 'Black Box'
Another Breakthrough in Safety
NEWS RELEASE NOVEMBER 2012
Whirlwind Tool Company founder and inventor David Butler has announced another forthcoming patent for a flesh-sensing safety device that can help prevent life-altering operator injuries from table saws and other machine tools.
Butler calls this latest device the Black Box, because it can be attached to any of millions of existing machines including most woodworking table saws and band saws. The Black Box device controls the electrical power supplied to the machine and can sense the operators flesh coming too close or in contact with a blade enclosure. Upon sensing the danger of the operator's proximity to the spinning blade, the Black Box stops the machine in a fraction of a second without causing any damage to the machine which may be immediately restarted by the operator. The emergency stop serves as a warning and learning aid to operators of these dangerous machines.
Whirlwind Tool business manager, Rob Calhoun said, 'This amazing device is a trailblazer in the long stagnant woodworking and related machinery industries. We cannot keep up with answering our very encouraging website feedback, nor can we completely define the market. Every week we seem to have a new machine application suggested or proposed to us.'