Industrial safety specialist Fortress Interlocks has introduced a range of key interlock modules for its eGard system. eGard is a fully modular system that can control access to hazardous machinery, via gate switch and trapped key technology, and can also include simple machine or access controls such as push buttons, e-stops and lamps. The extensive range of modules offers numerous flexible solutions.
eGard now combines the functionality of trapped key interlocking with practically any combination of gate switch and/or control modules in one flexible unit. It simply clips together and is easily installed. Modules now include mechanical locks, electrical (solenoid) locks, safety switches, indicators and buttons, emergency stops, and a selection of actuators suitable for both hinged and sliding doors. eGard can connect to programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and mimic panels, or can be used on an AS-interface network*.
There are over 4,000 billion combinations of modules possible. eGard can therefore be customised for every application, providing a single source of gate access hardware. eGard features patented mechanical and electrical connection between every module. It provides a complete gate access control system encompassing safe and standard I/O in one simple modular arrangement.
The internal network is self configuring, for ease of installation and reconfiguring. eGard is easily fitted to any machine and electrical connections are quick disconnected at one end, minimising wiring. It is engineered for Category 4** applications and is international standards compliant. Manufactured from glass reinforced PBT it has exceptional toughness, durability and corrosion resistance and has stainless steel parts for long life.
*AS-interface (AS-i) is a new cabling system that allows machinery safety equipment, such as access gate switch interlocks, to operate in parallel with standard machinery controls on a single network with a common communication protocol.
**Category 4 – High risk category defined by European machinery safety regulations EN954-1.
Fortress Interlocks Ltd
148-150 Birmingham New Road
Wolverhampton. WV4 6NT
Tel: +44 (0)1902 499 600
Fax: +44 (0)1902 499 610