Press Brake Safety Discussion – September 23rd at 10am and 24th at 1:30pm

Understanding and Applying the New ANSI B11.3-2012 Safety Requirements for Press Brake Safety – a discussion led by Douglas Raff of Paragon Industrial Controls.

This event takes place in our Indianapolis, IN showroom located at 4622 Independence Square Indianapolis, IN 46203.

Topics of Discussion

  • Provide a Broad Overview of The OSHA and ANSI Organizations
  • Discuss The New ANSI B11.3 2012 Standard For Press Brake Safeguarding
  • Review The Available Methods Of Press Brake Safeguarding
  • Explore Application-Specific Best Practices And The Latest Technologies In Press Brake Safeguarding


  • Brief History of OSHA
  • National OSHA & State OSHA
  • Brief History of ANSI
  • How are they related

2. B11.3 Overview & Responsibilities

  • Standard Organization
  • Responsibilities
  • Supplier
  • User
  • Personnel
  • Modifier

3. Methods or Press Brake Safeguarding

  • Types of Guards
  • Movable Barriers
  • Pull-Backs and Restraints
  • Two Hand Control Devices
  • Light Curtains (Presence Sensing Devices)
  • Close Proximity Point of Operation (AOPD) Safeguarding

4. Press Brake Safeguarding Applied

  • Case Study – Mechanical Press Brake Retrofit – Pictures
  • Case Study – Hydraulic Press Brake – Punching – Video
  • Case Study – Hydraulic Press Brake Light Curtain Bending Video
  • Case Study – Hydraulic Press Brake Close Proximity Point of Operation (AOPD) Bending – Video

About the Speaker

Douglas Raff has more than 20 years in the Machinery Safeguarding Industry and currently is Vice President and a Principal of Paragon Industrial Controls, Inc., a Safety Systems Integrator specializing in safeguarding metalworking machinery, automated manufacturing lines, and industrial robots. In business for 21 years, the Company lists among its customers, Amada America, Inc. Minster Machine Company, 3M, Monsanto Alcoa, Dacor, Viking Range, Climate Master, Miller Electric, as well as other prominent OEM machine suppliers and manufacturing companies. Paragon Industrial Controls, Inc.’s unique, application oriented approach to machine safeguarding is well respected throughout the industry. Douglas Raff currently serves on the Fabricator’s & Manufacturer’s Association Safety Council and is a Graduate of Occidental College, and holds an International-MBA degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management.