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Safety solutions use patented technology

18th February 2020
Mick Elliott

A wide range of safety solutions for industrial and construction equipment and services has been introduced by Foremost Electronics.

It includes emergency stop switches from the IDEC e-stop serieswhich are required in many industrial and process control applications including alarms, emergency equipment and vehicle shutdown and exit access..

The switches have patented 3rd generation safety technology and provide optimal safety by conforming to international approvals: UL, TUV, ATEX, CE, and CCC.

Nine different series of emergency stop switches offer an exceptional range and include a very wide variety of options including: three plunger diameters (30, 40 and 60mm), three plunger colours (yellow, red and grey), the availability of Illuminated versions , 16, 22 and 30mm panel cut-outs, several methods of connection, four types of reset functions: twist, pull, both(when required)or key, reduced size and offer greater flexibility in the number of contacts, from one to four with normally open (NO) or normally closed (NC) variants.

Because user safety is vital, IDEC has developed two patented technologies that go beyond today’s most stringent standards. Many versions are fitted with “safe brake action technology” ensuring fail-safe operation even if the switch actuator is not properly positioned, has been damaged or is detached.

This technology is especially useful in emergency stop switches that are in highly prominent positions or which have a detachable contact block and are more liable to be accidentally damaged.

Other models have padlock eyelets provided so that emergency stop switches can be locked in their safety position and machines cannot be re-started whilst in use by other operators.

Several padlocks can be fitted at the same time, therefore allowing several operators to work safely on different areas of the installation at the same time, without fear that one can restart the machine before the others have finished and removed their padlocks.

Wherever a secure electrical connection to machinery or equipment is required Foremost can supply a wide range of cable management and entry systems from icotek. icotek products are suitable even in applications where extreme contamination by water, dust, vibration or extreme temperatures occur.

Icotek supply completely split cable entry systems allowing pre-terminated cables with diameters from 1 - 75 mm to be routed quickly and sealed securely with up to IP66 / IP68 / UL type 4X. They can be also be installed when retrofitting or maintaining equipment.

Compact cable entry plates are ideal for routing standard cables without connectors from 1.5 to 22 mm in diameter with minimum space requirements. High certified sealing rates up to IP68 / UL type 4X are achieved and certificates can be provided upon request.

For secure and structured cable routing and strain relief of electrical lines icotek offers several strain relief plates for various mounting methods. For large-diameter cables high quality cable clamps and cleats are available.

icotek also provides innovative solutions for EMC/EMI cable earthing applications. The icotek SKL shield clamps are made for reliable and effective earthing of high frequency interferences and allow safe operation of machinery and equipment.

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