Brake Press Operator Training Program

This 2 day brake press training program teaches participants the many aspects of mechanical and hydraulic brake presses. They will understand the safety aspects, components of the machines, their functions and how they operate, safe operation techniques, proper methods for set up, and how to make good parts. An important aspect of this training is that each participant will be tested for his or her understanding of the content of the program. This program complies to the requirements set out in CSA Z142-02.

Participants will learn:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
    • Employers’, supervisors’ and workers’ responsibilities
    • What are the major areas of the law they need to know
    • The internal responsibility system and what it means
    • Definition of competency
    • Right to refuse to do something that is unsafe
    • Penalties under the law
  • CSA code for Punch and Brake Presses
    • What is the code and what does it mean to a press operator
  • How do accidents occur?
    • Major causes of accidents in press shops and how they can be avoided

Machinery element includes:

  • Mechanical presses (if applicable)
    • Motor, flywheel, gears, back shafts,
    • Ram adjust mechanisms, eccentrics, clutch, brake
  • Hydraulic Presses
    • Motor, pump, cylinder(s) coolers
  • Common Components
    • Ram, bed, bolster, die clamping system
    • Machine controls such as motor start/stop, ram up, down
  • Machine Guarding and Safeguards
    • Common hazards associated with folding
    • Guarding
    • Light curtains
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Housekeeping
    • Lock out procedures
    • Hazardous and unsafe conditions related to brake presses
    • Pre shift inspections and their importance
    • Workers responsibilities under the OHSA
  • The Importance of Pre-shift Checks
    • What should you look for
    • When should you proceed versus stop running production
  • Lock Out
    • What the law says
    • What the CSA code says
    • Does your company have a policy
    • Is it followed
    • Does it comply
    • How and when to lock out a press
  • Press Setup
    • Ram adjust how to set it accurately and safely
    • Ram adjust mechanisms
    • Die shimming
    • Die risers
    • Types of dies
    • Die damage and their causes
    • Types of material and their folding characteristic
    • Set up the press safely and quickly
    • First off parts
    • Discussion of problems during set up
  • Housekeeping
    • Why is it important
    • How does housekeeping relate to the overall success of your safety program
  • Emergency Procedures
    • How do people get trapped in machinery
    • What are the safe methods of getting them out of a piece of equipment
    • First aid in an entrapment situation
    • Systems that need to be bypassed in order to cycle the press

Some time will be spent on the shop floor discussing and demonstrating some of the key elements of the theory portion.

This program is conducted over two days either consecutively or over a two-week period. It can also be conducted in half-day increments.

This program complies with the training requirements set out in CSA Z 142-10.

The maximum number of participants is 15 people.

New operators, health and safety committee members, supervisors and maintenance/toolroom people can all benefit from this program. Each participant will receive course material and a certificate of participation.