A guarding system that protects workers and automation devices in a molding cell is now available from Fortress Interlocks Ltd., Erlanger, Ky. The eGard interlock system requires an operator to turn and remove a key from the door to the enclosure. When the key is removed, power is cut off to the protected area, allowing safe operator access. The interlock system also integrates the emergency stop into the door interlock, removing the need for a separate stop button and cable. Inserting the door key into two key switches inside the robot cell allows operating the robot at reduced power for programming. (859) 578-2390 • www.fortressinterlocks.com
div. of Castell Inerlocks
21 Kenton Lands Rd. Erlanger, KY 41018
Phone (859) 578-2390 Fax (859) 341-2302
Editor PickIf Two Arms Are Better Than One, Are Four Better Than Two?
Robots with two main arms have proven useful in applications ranging from stack molds to IML to insert molding and performing a variety of post-mold operations. The concept has evolved to the point that a single robot chassis can have two kick assemblies with one or two arms apiece.