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Altendorf wins German Occupational Safety Award 2021

Published on :Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Altendorf, one of the producers of circular saws for small-scale wood, metal and plastic manufacturing based in Minden, Germany, has won the German Occupational Safety Award 2021 with their HAND GUARD technology.

“Our globally unique HAND GUARD safety system wins the German Occupational Safety award 2021 in the category “Operational”. We were able to prevail against 176 applicants.”

The prize was presented on October 26 at a hybrid award ceremony at the Occupational Safety and Health (A+A) trade fair in Düsseldorf. Karl-Friedrich Schröder, Head of Research and Development, and Julia Pohle, Head of Research and Development, accepted it from Anne Janz, State Secretary in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration of the State of Hesse, on behalf of the entire development team.

The patented HAND GUARD early warning system is fitted with two camera systems. This optical system is an industry breakthrough in terms of technical safety using artificial intelligence (AI) for hand detection, according to Altendorf. HAND GUARD recognises potential risks based on special AI hand detection software long before an accident can occur. In the event of an acute threat to fingers or hands, the saw blade quickly retracts within a quarter of a second underneath the workbench. In doing so, HAND GUARD offers protection for users prior to a tangible risk or even injury.

“After more than three years of research and development work, we are very proud and overjoyed to be awarded this groundbreaking prize. We see it as confirmation of our work and as a contribution to the occupational safety of our customers,” says Karl-Friedrich Schröder happily.

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