Updating mechanical locks to electronic security systems

18th September 2019
Posted By : Alex Lynn
Updating mechanical locks to electronic security systems

EMKA are offering their retro-fit eCam system as an upgrade for mechanical locks and latches where an electronic interface is now required to improve security and/or provide access logs integrated with other personnel monitoring networks.

The eCam facilitates electronic locking for quarter-turns and other latching without the need to change doors or panels on machine controls, machine guards, control and data housings, so ensuring major time and cost savings over the alternative of re-installing new cabinets. eCam is UL and DIN certified.

Other applications for eCam include trailers, mobile homes and RVs where it enables multiple locking/unlocking from a remote central point.

Each door latch/lock may be selected to suit the individual door so that it engages into the eCam. Variants of eCam include no-status-indicator, status-indicator-included or with-status-indicator-and-automatic-unlock in case of power failure. Supply voltage required is in the range nine to 32V and emergency opening is facilitated by means of a bowden cable mounting kit if required.

The ‘safety’ version in particular opens up completely new applications in machine and switchboard cabinet construction. Due to the type approval according to EN ISO 14119 as ‘position switch, design type 1’ (Machinery Directive) and EN ISO 13449 as ‘monitoring device with performance level d’, eCam can be used as a monitoring element for machine housings or switchboard cabinet doors. eCam signals an open door to a higher-level control system, which ensures that a machine is taken out of service or a cabinet is powered off.


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