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Serious accidents on the panel saw are a thing of the past - successful woodworking in safe hands with PCS®.

PCS® – Preventive Contact System
Every woodworker (and woodworking company) has ten good reasons not to compromise when it comes to working safety - PCS® prevents accidents and guarantees dexterity and a quality handshake forever!
• PCS®: Accidents are a thing of the past – Prevent accidents at the speed of light
• PCS®: A danger foreseen is a danger avoided – Surveillance of danger zone with approach detection
• PCS®: Safety should not be expensive – Damage free and immediately usable at the push of a button
One cut that changes your life
Sascha Wein, master joiner and managing director of the joiners trade guild in Munich
Sascha Wein was always careful and mindful when working on the circular saw and this particular afternoon in October, almost 20 years ago,  was no exception. The safety devices were not perfect but they were well adjusted, the work area was tidy and everything well prepared. Despite everything, because of an unfortunate buckling of the ankle he lost four fingers of his left hand on that day.

Sasha is far from being an isolated case.  Carpenters and joiners are among those professions with an above-average risk of accidents. Every year, thousands of woodworkers around the world suffer cutting injuries, many of them losing one or more fingers. Working on the circular saw is by far the most common cause of hand injury in carpentry.

Six weeks later, Sascha Wein completed his masterpiece and used the accident as an opportunity to get intensively involved in accident prevention and preventive measures. The front and rear sawing aid, a safety device on circular saws (also known as "Fritz and Franz"), was developed im ediately after his accident by the former Holz BG (currently the Professional Wood and Metal Association) and has since prevented
countless accidents at work.

But that's not enough for Sascha Wein, now managing director of the joiners trade guild in Munich. "The time has come for a massive improvement. Come up with something!“  he sends an appeal to all mechanical engineering companies on behalf of all woodworkers.

Today, all state-of-the-art saws and panel saws need to have standard safety equipment such as a splitter and an overhead saw guard in accordance with the applicable DGUV accident prevention regulations. For some years, there has also been a technical solution that largely prevents cuts due to instant blockage of the saw blade, but it destroys the saw blade as well as the saw unit. The consequential costs for the repair are the price that you have to pay for saving one or more fingers. Until now, because there is a better way:

The Austrian Felder Group, innovation pioneer and technology leader in woodworking machinery, presents at the LIGNA in Hanover: 

What is PCS® exactly?

Preventive Contact System
The revolutionary innovation in safety equipment for sliding table panel saws.

Prevent accidents at the speed of light.

When the risk of an accident is detected, PCS® triggers the lowering of the saw blade under the saw table at the speed of light. The functionality, based on the electro-magnetic law of repulsion, allows for an extremely short response time of a few milliseconds.

Surveillance of danger zone with approach detection.

Upon detection of an unexpected, fast approach within the saw blade area, PCS® triggers the safety mechanism, lowering the blade. The safety environment surrounds the saw blade and protects against access from all directions.

Damage free and immediately usable at the push of a button.

The PCS® safety lowering mechanism works damage free and at no extra cost. The sliding table panel saw is immediately ready to use again at the push of a button. PCS® works without consumable parts and therefore completely adjustment and maintenance free.

The patent-pending Safety Innovation PCS® is available as an option with the Format-4 kappa 550 sliding table panel saw and supplements the existing standard protective equipment.