Essential Press Brake Safety Devices Explained
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.
Understanding Presence Sensing Devices
All types of press brakes put their operator at risk. The job is inherently dangerous, so safety measures are absolutely essential. The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) approves the use of presence sensing devices on a case by case basis as long as they meet certain criteria as defined on the OSHA website. This article discusses some advantages and accompanying regulations of presence sensing devises (also known as close-proximity point-of-operation AOPDs or active optoelectronic protective devices). Read more…