Safety First


Not long ago, I was hopping in my Dodge Intrepid and leaving RobotWorx in Marion, Ohio for my next stop on a membership road trip for Robotic Industries Association. I soon found myself safely at Fortress Interlocks in Erlanger, Kentucky, where safety is their primary business.

Fortress Interlocks designs and manufactures safety interlock systems for machine guarding applications such as safety gate switches and trapped key interlocks. You may have heard of them and their European counterpart, Castell Interlocks, especially if you’ve attended RIA’s National Robot Safety Conferences.

Bill Glenn, Fortress’ vice president of sales, has been busy expanding the Fortress distributor network. We talked about new products they have, including e-Guard, which allows you to create multiple configurations of safety devices by combining gate switches, trapped key interlocks and more.

I had arrived a bit late, so it was a brief stay, but nice to see Bill and Lida at their office (Lida Jones is in charge of marketing and customer service). My next stop was the Holiday Inn, Cincinnati-Eastgate, where I would do a site inspection for RIA’s next Safety Conference, stay the night, then head back home to Detroit.

Click here to see “Picking a Hotel for the National Robot Safety Conference.”

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