“Hand Guard“, safety assistance system for sliding table saws made by Altendorf, the German group specialized in premium sliding table saws, is now certified 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.
“Hand Guard” is the world’s first and only safety assistance system for sliding table saws to receive the GS seal for tested safety. Along with thousands of material, design and functional tests, the Trade Association also defined the following conditions for the certification: functionality with hand speeds of up to 2 m/s (typical reflex- and slipping movement); performance level C (requirement, previously placed on sliding table saws) and appropriate hand detection reliability (oriented on the taxonomy criteria for autonomous and AI systems).
“As a developer of premium sliding table saws, for us it was especially important to conduct further research, to ultimately bring a safety system that would almost entirely prevent accidents to the market. We’re moving forward as pioneers with “Hand Guard”. There is no comparable system, which also complies with the conditions of this certification”, says Peter Schwenk, Altendorf Group CEO.