During the development of the compact guarding SCHMIDT® SmartGuard, the focus was on ergonomics and protection at the workstation. The transparent guarding completely encloses the working area during the pressing process, effectively protecting the operator and third parties from reaching into the danger zone and from any ejected parts or splinters. Thanks to minimised distances to the work area, workstation can be significantly improved in terms of ergonomics and efficiency. The high dynamics of the NC-controlled protective bonnet and its variable positioning and stroke speed optimise the work cycle. The danger of crushing in the closing protective bonnet is eliminated by the clever design.