10 Year Safety Systems for press brakes – AKAS®- from Fiessler Elektronik
The new AKAS®-3 will be displayed during the Fabtech International 2007 Show in Chicago
The main feature of a Press Brake is to move a tool, usually the upper tool or the bending punch. It moves toward a fixed tool (V-die) which sits on top of the bottom bed of the press, consequently bending the metal sheet placed between them. The freely accessible bending area of a press brake represents a major risk of operators getting seriously injured by accidents, such as the injury or the loss of fingers or hands, which are frequently the consequences of accidents that happen at press brakes. Therefore all applicable standards and accident preventing regulations stipulate the use of safety measures or accident preventing measures at press brakes.
In order to prevent accidents, Fiessler Elektronik in Esslingen/Germany has developed the AKAS 3 patented press brake protection system for Original Equipment Manufacturers.
The aim and object of this innovative finger protection device for press brakes
Transmitter and receiver are combined securely to the ram of the machine and form a laser-optical safety light grid which is located in front of the bending punch and which moves simultaneously with the ram. When a certain clearance between the tip of the tool and the metal sheet is reached, the machine control issues a muting command to the receiver element. At this point, the closing speed is reduced. For