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Euchner’s Safety Solutions Offer Maximum Uptime for Food and Beverage Plants

19 July 2021

As manufacturing facilities are continuing to enter the age of Industry 4.0 and with fast-moving developments in technology, machinery uptime and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) are becoming significantly improved, resulting in greater profitability and a more efficient flow of production. But what about machinery safety and how can your safety switches help your machine become smarter?

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Euchner, a leading specialist in machinery safety, have recognised the importance of this to their end users and are now offering their IO-Link Gateway for a number of their food and beverage suitable safety switches. Process data is cyclically sent to the control system via IO-Link. This data includes all status signals, such as the position of the door or guard locking, indication of whether a switch is out of adjustment. Moreover, non-cyclical services can be used to collect data such as the switch temperature, the applied voltage and number of operating cycles. With these advances, it is now very easy for a factory maintenance team to key into a machine’s maintenance programme and schedule maintenance and repair and from an external position, and for the machine manufacturer to remotely monitor the safety aspects of the machine, its guards and other safety elements. This results in positive accounting rather than disaster management saving time and money.

Euchner CTM
The compact dimensions of the CTM interlock, which is just 120 x 36x25mm, makes this one of smallest locking devices of its type.

The locking ball actuator on an elastomer bearing allows some degree of flexibility which enables the CTM to be used on smaller, lightweight doors with extremely small pivoting radii, right down to 150mm. This allows lower cost swing-type doors & flaps to be used where more complex sliding access solutions had to be used previously.

Manufactured from strong, food-safe materials, the hygienic CTM is full of features including rounded edges, smooth food-grade surfaces, special FKM elastomer sealing designed to eradicate possible gaps and INOX 316L stainless steel fixings & actuator pin. Achieving an ingress rating of IP69K, the switch is completely watertight and can be intensely cleaned or pressure washed without the worry of any damp or water ingress to the unit. The hygienic version is approved to EU Regulation (EC) No 10/2011

The bi-stable guard locking function, with a locking force in excess of 1000N, means that in the event of a power failure or shut-down, the switch remains in its current state, the guard door is either locked or it can be opened and closed as required, making it much safer for applications where body access is required or where clean-down or maintenance procedures are ideally carried out without power being applied to the machine.

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