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Altendorf redefines safety standard

Published on :Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Altendorf has announced the certification of HAND GUARD by the German Wood and Metal Trade Association (BGHM) with the German “GS” seal of tested safety, which means that up to 120 reportable accidents per month in Germany in connection with sliding table saws can be almost completely prevented with HAND GUARD.

Altendorf HAND GUARD is the world’s first and only safety assistance system for sliding table saws to receive the GS seal for tested safety! HAND GUARD is now certified as of 09.05.22 by the German Wood and Metal Trade Association (BGHM) and redefines the safety standard for sliding table saws on the global market with the German “GS” seal of tested safety (GS = tested safety). This means that the up to 120 reportable accidents per month in Germany in connection with sliding table saws can be almost completely prevented. Following the immediate EU-wide start of deliveries, HAND GUARD will also be shipped in North America after successful UL/CSA certification, coinciding with the worldwide marketing launch.

HAND GUARD is the world’s first and only safety assistance system for sliding table saws to receive the GS seal for tested safety.  

This was the Altendorf Group’s challenge with HAND GUARD, a completely new safety system for sliding table saws. To date there was no standard for AI and camera-based safety assistant systems, therefore the Altendorf Group commissioned an EC type examination with the Trade Association (TA). Along with thousands of material, design and functional tests, the TA also defined the following conditions for the certification: 1. Functionality with hand speeds of up to 2 m/s (typical reflex- and slipping movement) & 2. Performance level C (requirement, previously placed on sliding table saws) & 3. Appropriate hand detection reliability (oriented on the taxonomy criteria for autonomous and AI systems). The TA’s goal with HAND GUARD was to redefine a high safety standard for sliding table saws. This will apply in the future as the benchmark for all other market participants. As an AI and camera-based safety system for sliding table saws and the correlated definition of a completely new safety standard are extremely complex, the machine had to be examined by an independent test institute. After most intensive testing, it’s happening: HAND GUARD gets the GS seal of approval.

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