A press brake is an incredibly powerful machine, so it is essential that its operator takes great care when using it. Some older press brake units might not meet the safety guidelines of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) upon inspection, so if that’s the case with your business, you can simply put a press brake safety device into place instead of having to replace the whole machine.
The OSHA recognizes four basic types of press brakes:
- Part Revolution Mechanical Press
- Hydraulic Press
- Hydra-Mechanical Press
- Mechanical-Friction Clutch Press
Each kind has its own safety procedures and mechanical or electrical devices that improve its safety. Each link above provides a brief overview of each type’s safeguarding devices.