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Flexible machine control in a single unit

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article image Fits straight onto standard machine guarding.

FORTRESS Systems’ eGard product range is a new, full modular approach to controlling access to hazardous machinery and equipment.

In addition to providing all the features that are required in a gate switch, eGard also includes electrical operator controls as standard modules, and can even be used solely as a flexible, easily installed, control unit. It simply clips together and provides a vast number of options.

Modules such as stop and start switches and indicator lights can be included in the one unit, with or without gate switch modules. This eliminates much of the wiring and connection time involved with control panels. Ease of installation also provides a huge cost saving for specifiers.

eGard is designed to fit straight on to standard extruded aluminum machine guarding without the need for additional brackets. The internal network is self configuring, for easy installation and reconfiguring, and it features quick-disconnects that allow for easy electrical installation and disconnection.

The module can be easily connected to programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and mimic panels, or used on an AS-interface network, and easily adapts to changing circumstances.

As regulations or procedures change, modules can be removed and new features can be simply added to the unit that includes safe and standard I/O in one simple modular arrangement.

It is engineered for Category 4 applications and is international standards compliant. Polymer-bodied for corrosion resistance, it has stainless wear parts for long life.

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