Press Release Summary:
Lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum safety block is used during changeover and maintenance of die components to prevent injuries to press operators. It has compressive yield strength of 35,000 psi. Wedges compensate for gap left between safety block and upper press section ram. Optional power cutoff plug can be connected to press operation control circuit.
Original Press Release:
American Punch & Die Announces a New Safety Block System That Prevents Stamping Press Operator Injuries
American Punch & Die Inc., a Cadillac, Michigan manufacturer of stamping die components, has designed a new safety block system for stamping machinery. The new block is designed to be used during changeover and maintenance of die components in order to prevent serious injuries to press operators. This lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum safety block has compressive yield strength of 35,000 lb./sq.in. Options include two wedges connected to the safety block with chains. The wedges compensate for any gap left between the safety block and the upper press section (ram). The safety blocks also feature an optional power cutoff plug that can be connected to the press operation control circuit. In order to place the block in the press bed, the cutoff plug has to be disconnected. This interrupts the press control circuit and terminates electrical power. To restore the press control circuit back to full operation, the plug must be reconnected where the safety block is stored- away from the press bed area. These new safety blocks come in three different dimensional configurations for maximum static load ranges from 110 to 250 tons per block. Standard lengths arc available in 2 inch increments from 4 inches to 60 inches, with custom sizes available.