Slide Bar helps deliver safer gate access.

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Designed for use with AutoStop gate switch unit, Slide Bar is cast from stainless steel and may be used on hinged and sliding doors to promote safety without compromising functionality and accessibility. Product provides all safety features of gate switch and ensures power cannot be turned on by slamming door behind operator. Integrated padlock holes are provided for lock-out operations, and internal release handle acts as emergency stop.

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Slide Bar for Safer Gate Access

Safety specialist Fortress Interlocks has introduced an ingenious new design of Slide Bar for use with its AutoStop gate switch unit. The robust Slide Bar, cast from stainless steel, can be used on both hinged and sliding doors and provides an enhanced level of safety without compromising functionality and ease of access.

As well as providing all the safety features of a gate switch, the Slide Bar design ensures the power cannot be turned on simply by slamming the door behind an operator. The Slide Bar also features padlock holes for lock-out operations and an internal release handle which acts as an emergency stop.

The Slide Bar is a long bar with an actuator at the head. When the door is shut, the slide bar is easily pushed along and the actuator tongue engages with the AutoStop unit, turning the power on. When the door has to be opened, it is easily retracted, removing the actuator from the unit and turning the power off. A spring loaded version is available for high vibration applications.

As the bar has to be slid into position to re-energize the machine, closing the door and returning the power has to be a deliberate action that can only be done from the outside. On the inside of the door is an internal release handle which allows the bar to be retracted from the head from inside the guarding but cannot be used to insert the actuator into the head.

When the bar is retracted and the tongue is out, padlocks can simply and easily be inserted into the bar preventing the machine from being restarted while operators are still within the hazardous area. In addition, the casing is designed so that the padlock holes are impossible to use when the slide bar is in the shut position.

Issued by:
Fortress Interlocks
21 Kenton Lands Road
Erlanger, Kentucky 41018

Company contact:
Bill Glenn
Tel: (859) 578 2390
Fax: (859) 341 2302

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