WirtschaftsWoche: Heroes of the German Mittelstand 2022
In close combat with disruption – part 202:
Peter Schwenk – Geschäftsführer der Altendorf GmbH
1. The problem
Every month German skilled trades up to 120 accidents with with a sliding table saw. The consequences: Injuries, early retirement, costs.
2. The solution
The mechanical engineering company Altendorf from Minden in Westphalia, the world market leader in for sliding table saws, has developed the first safety system that reacts before contact occurs. Handguard uses two cameras to monitor cameras to monitor a wide area around the around the saw blade. As soon as penetrating hands are hands are detected, it automatically automatically under the processing table – within a quarter of a second.
3. The implementation
In 2017, Altendorf began the development of Handguard. After tests with around 80 test customers and GS certification by the German Employers’ Liability Insurance Association and metal, the market launch took place in May 2022. launch. Altendorf boss Peter Schwenk hopes that his system will “set a completely new standard for future safety assistance systems for sliding table saws”. to establish a completely new standard for future safety assistance systems for sliding table saws.