Salus is a genuine innovation in trapped key interlocking technology thanks to its unique and patent-protected high-integrity locking mechanism. Aside from a high level of safety, the key benefits of Salus include reduced downtime due to less maintenance being required on the lock; faster commissioning time as a result of Castell’s new end coding manufacturing system; increased speed of access through its single-handed operation; and improved machine efficiency via the easy-close alignment feature. This new interlock is also compatible with existing Castell figure locks.
Creating Salus has allowed for enhanced features to be built into the lock. These include an integrated lock cover, an ergonomic housing to reduce dirt traps and, through the lock mechanism, the ability to close gates or doors despite them being misaligned. The lock housing and mechanism are constructed from stainless steel, which means the lock is suitable for use in food or pharmaceutical production areas that require a full wash down, or in corrosive environments.
Salus can be used with both sliding and hinged doors. The interlock also benefits from the recently implemented end coding technique which expands the lock’s flexibility while keeping it fully compatible with existing systems. Further flexibility derives from Salus being DIN-Rail-mountable. Although physically smaller than previous Castell access interlocks, Salus can be mounted to any existing fixing holes with the aid of an additional mounting bracket.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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