ANSI standard for press brakes updated

November 12, 2012

The newly revised standard, ANSI B11.3-2012 American National Standard for Machines – Safety Requirements for Power Press Brakes, is available from Omron Automation and Safety.

The requirements of this standard apply to press brakes designed and constructed for bending metal. When used for operations other than bending material, other standards may provide additional information and requirements for the specific use or application. It excludes powered folding machines.

New topics included in this revision are close-proximity, point-of-operation, AOPD safeguarding devices, as well as the Safe Speed means of safeguarding. The revision also incorporates the B11 Accredited Standards Committee's FASTT initiative, which defines common language to be used by the entire series of ANSI B11 standards.