Machine Guarding System has 3D imaging/detection abilities.

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Eliminating potential for human error and tampering, QuadCam identifies objects and people moving in and around machinery, distinguishing between 1, 2, or more persons with real-time tracking. It allows users to define warning and shutdown zones, and provides visual and audible warnings when warning zone is breached. Single imager protects up to 8 x 10 ft zone when it is mounted at 11 ft. Up to 10 imagers can be managed by single QuadCam controller, monitoring up to 800 square ft.



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QuadCam Adds Dimension to Machine Guarding with 3D Imaging



New system creates flexible safety zone around dangerous process equipment

Erlanger, Kentucky (August 13, 2008) - Traditional mechanical and barrier methods to machine guarding are only as safe as the people using them. With Castell's new QuadCam system, sophisticated 3-dimensional imaging technology eliminates the potential for human error and tampering.

QuadCam's 3D detection technology is able to identify objects and people moving in and around machinery, distinguishing between one, two or more persons with real-time tracking of all people within its field of view. Machinery can not be restarted until the entire detection zone is clear of unauthorized objects and people. The highly accurate detection system ignores background objects, avoiding nuisance alarms.

The flexible system allows users to define warning and shutdown zones. When the warning zone is breached, QuadCam quickly provides visual and audible warnings to workers, and can also provide a signal to slow machinery. If the person or object continues and enters the shutdown zone, the system sends a signal to halt the machinery. Warning and shutdown signals are sent within milliseconds of an intrusion, a fast response time that prevents accidents and equipment damage.

A single QuadCam imager is capable of protecting up to an eight foot by ten foot zone, when the imager is mounted at 11 feet. Up to ten imagers, creating ten protection zones, can be managed by a single QuadCam controller, monitoring up to 800 square feet.

The entire QuadCam system is designed for user flexibility. During initial installation, plug and go harnesses enable simple imager installation, wiring, and even relocation of imagers when necessary. Reconfiguring the system is simple via a windows based PC interface, and warning and shutdown zones can be quickly redrawn with the click and drag of a mouse.

Mounted high above the machinery, the imagers can view multiple potentially dangerous areas of human and machine interaction and are tamper-resistant. When maintenance is needed, the QuadCam provides fast machine access to minimize process downtime.

For more information on QuadCam's 3D detection capabilities, visit www.Castell.com, or call 859-341-3075.

Since the inception of the industrial safety industry, Castell has been a leader in trapped key interlocking technology, developing products that keep pace with the needs of emerging markets and applications in all business sectors. The company's products go beyond meeting legislation to create the safest working environments possible. A member of the global Halma group, Castell has its US offices in Erlanger, Kentucky.

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