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Safety Requirements for Powder Metal Compacting Presses

  • : American National Standard
  • : Paperback
  • : American National Standards Institute
  • : 61
  • : 2003

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The requirements of this standard apply to those mechanically or hydraulically powered machine tools that are designed, modified, or converted for the compressing of metallic or non-metallic powders.

These machines are commonly referred to as metal powder presses, powder metal presses, compacting presses, P/M briquetting presses, metal powder sizing presses, or metal powder coining presses. For the purpose of this standard, they shall be referred to as "P/M Presses."

Excluded from this standard are: mechanical and hydraulic power press brakes; mechanical and hydraulic power presses; bulldozers; conventional hot bending and hot metal presses; conventional forging presses; hammers; riveting machines and similar types of fastener applications; isostatic and hydrostatic presses; high energy rate presses.

The American National Standards Institute's newest revision contains significant changes from the previous 1988 document and includes:

  • A flow chart that aids the reader with navigating the standard – more definitions
  • Responsibility outline of the supplier, the user and personnel (employees)
  • New information on hazard control to help supplier and user in controlling the hazards associated with P/M press operation and reducing the risk to an acceptable level
  • New requirements for control reliability
  • Consideration of hot powder systems
  • Recognition of die set presses where the entire die set is removable
  • New guard opening table
  • New annex that provides information on task-based hazard identification to help with risk assessment process.
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