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ROCKWELL Automation Australia now offers manufacturers the best in machine safety technology, with the recent Australian launch of the Allen-Bradley Guardmaster range.

The new range will provide familiar 'Guardmaster' brand quality via the nationwide Allen-Bradley distribution network.

Industrial safety remains an area of some concern in Australia, with many in the manufacturing sector continuing to play 'catch up' with global standards.

This is particularly so in the area of small- to medium-sized manufacturers.

The Allen-Bradley Guardmaster range is born of Rockwell Automation's acquisition of EJA Engineering Ltd, a market-leading manufacturer of safety products sold under the brand names Guardmaster, Nelsa and Sigma Controls.

The largest and most well known of these brands, Guardmaster has been acknowledged as the leader in Australian industrial safety for 15 years.

"The coupling of the Allen-Bradley and Guardmaster brands has resulted in a far more comprehensive offering in industrial machine guarding," Allen-Bradley Guardmaster Asia sales manager Mike Howard said.

"Through the national Allen-Bradley distribution network, we can now offer customers a single point of contact in the supply of totally integrated automation packages--including machine guarding requirements and support."

The Allen-Bradley Guardmaster range will comprise three main product areas:

Key interlocks and safety relays: A comprehensive range of tongue, key and magnetically coded safety switches; plus a selection of Minotaur safety control relays that are often required in safety feedback circuits.

Trapped key interlock range: A selection of trapped key interlocks designed to provide personnel access and plant/personnel product safety.

Guard mats and guard edge range: The popular MatGuard and GuardEdge pressure sensitive safety products.

A range of new safety products, specifically designed to integrate into the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture will be released during 2001.

These will include safety light curtains and safety PLCs. Safety Networks designed to provide serial connectivity to e-stop and other essential fail-safe systems usually requiring hardwired connections will follow in 2002.

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