eGard and AS-i – A Perfect Match
Machinery safety specialist Fortress Interlocks has introduced an AS-interface (AS-i) control and safety base module for its eGard system, enabling eGard to be simply connected to an 'AS-i Safety at Work' control network in minutes. This provides significant time savings over other systems.
eGard is a modular system that can control access to hazardous machinery, via gate switch and trapped key technology, and include simple machine or access controls such as push buttons, e-stops and lamps. The AS-i base has two addresses: one for connecting the safety circuits and one for connecting the control I/O. AS-i is a cable network system that allows machinery safety technology to operate in parallel with standard machine controls on a single network with a common communication protocol (Actuator Sensor Interface).
With the AS-i base module, installation of an eGard system on an AS-i network takes a matter of minutes from unpacking to commissioning. The eGard modules are simply clipped together and the AS-i cable connected. The extensive range of eGard modules enable the creation of an almost endless list of solutions. The modularity also makes eGard extremely flexible, allowing quick addition or removal of modules (functions). Compared to hardwiring it eliminates dual safety circuit cabling costs, provides comprehensive diagnostics and features patented error checking.
The AS-i base module features an LED status indicator and an AS-i standard 4 pin M12 quick connect fitting for connecting dual safety circuits and up to 4 inputs and outputs.
Fortress Interlocks Ltd
148-150 Birmingham New Road
Wolverhampton. WV4 6NT
Tel: +44 (0)1902 499 600
Fax: +44 (0)1902 499 610