Altendorf Group honored with prestigious International ISSA Section Machine and System Safety Award

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Minden, August 21st, 2023 The Altendorf Group, a globally acclaimed pioneer in woodworking machinery and technology, is delighted to announce its triumphant recognition as one of the esteemed winners of the ISSA Section Machine and System Safety Award. This accolade celebrates the Altendorf Group’s revolutionary HAND GUARD Safety Assistance System, a groundbreaking technology that redefines workplace safety and aligns perfectly with the international Vision Zero strategy of globally reducing work place accidents to zero. 

Pushing the boundaries of safety in the woodworking industry

The ISSA Section Machine and System Safety Award stands as a testament to the Group’s unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of safety innovation within the woodworking industry. The award, relaunched every three years, motivates machine manufacturers to pursue excellence in machine safety and ergonomics, striving to mitigate accidents and reduce human suffering and financial burdens on social insurance systems.  

New standards for machine safety across industries

The HAND GUARD safety assistance system, a hallmark of Altendorf’s commitment to safety, is an embodiment of cutting-edge technology and human-centric design. Integrated into sliding table saws, this system utilizes advanced cameras and artificial intelligence to achieve an immediate disappearance of the saw blade when there is any dangerous approach, thanks to the recognition of specific hand characteristics. This remarkable breakthrough not only prevents severe hand injuries but also sets new standards for machine safety across industries. 

“We are honored and elated to be recognized by the ISSA Section Machine and System Safety for our HAND GUARD safety assistance system,” said Peter Schwenk, CEO of the Altendorf Group. “This achievement underscores our unwavering dedication to creating innovative solutions that prioritize the safety and well-being of workers globally. The HAND GUARD system represents a leap forward in machine safety, and we are proud to contribute to the Vision Zero strategy.” 

Commitment to Vision Zero

The ISSA Section Machine and System Safety Award winners share a common commitment to technical safety approaches that align seamlessly with the international Vision Zero strategy, which envisions a world with zero accidents and injuries at the workplace. Altendorf Group’s HAND GUARD system has not only gained international acclaim for its integration of artificial intelligence and hand recognition technology but has also garnered widespread adoption across different regions and sectors. 

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at the prestigious 23rd World Congress of Safety and Health at Work in Sydney, Australia from November 27th to 30th, 2023. This event will provide a platform for industry leaders and innovators to celebrate safety advancements and exchange insights on enhancing workplace well-being. 

Altendorf Group expresses its gratitude to the ISSA Section Machine and System Safety for this remarkable honor and looks forward to continuing its mission of reshaping safety standards and contributing to a safer, more productive future for workers worldwide. 

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About the Altendorf Group

The Altendorf Group is the world market leader for the manufacture of premium sliding table saws and edgebanding machines and is one of the hidden champions of the German SME sector. The company was founded in 1906 and has a strong brand recognition worldwide. Its most successful product is the F 45 sliding table saw, also known as “The Altendorf”. It is internationally synonymous with the sliding table saw product category. The latest innovation is HAND GUARD. A globally unique early detection system with two cameras that protects man, machine and material. Since 2018, the Hebrock company with its high-quality Hebrock edgebanders has been part of the Altendorf Group. With subsidiaries in Australia, China, India and the USA, it employs more than 400 people worldwide.


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