Wednesday, May 30, 2012

BWI: Castell Improves Delivery Times and Safety Rating with New UPS Systems Interlock

Press release from Business Wire India
Source: Castell
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 10:01 AM IST (04:31 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest; Business: Business services, Defence & security; Technology; Healthcare
Castell Improves Delivery Times and Safety Rating with New UPS Systems Interlock
Multi-voltage and solenoid-controlled KSUPS+ safeguards uninterruptible power supply systems

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- Industrial safety specialist Castell Safety International Ltd (, currently celebrating its 90th birthday, has launched a new multi-voltage interlock primarily for use with uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. The KSUPS+ is a solenoid-controlled trapped key interlock that only permits access to a UPS system once the system has been put into a safe condition.

The KSUPS+ features a number of innovative design improvements, including multi-voltage input. Having a wide voltage input range means that a single device now replaces eight previous devices; the input voltage for the KSUPS+ ranges from 24 V AC or DC to 220 V AC or DC.

As a safety device, the integrity of the KSUPS+ is vital. A monitored solenoid increases the safety performance rating of the KSUPS+, ensuring a higher level of protection for personnel whilst working on UPS systems.

Castell has also reviewed the aesthetics of the KSUPS+. Not only does this improve the look of switchgear cabinets, it also aids operational efficiency and gives a clear indication of where the safety component is located on a panel. Importantly, the KSUPS+ retains the same mounting dimensions as the previous unit and therefore the KSUPS+ can be retrofitted.

Inserting and turning the key operates four pole switch contacts and allows the system to run. The key remains trapped and can only be released when a signal is received by the device and the solenoid is energised. Removing the key switches the contacts to the 'off' state, and the key can then be used to open the access interlock.

Simplicity has been at the forefront of the design of the new KSUPS+, as Paul Marks, Castell's new product development director, explains: "Selecting the old KSUPS meant that customers had to first be sure of the signal voltage for the solenoid, which often led to delays in being able to place the order and selection errors. Removing these issues has been uppermost in our minds when we looked at how to develop the new KSUPS+. The solution we have delivered is multi-voltage. Together with the improved level of safety offered by the solenoid monitoring, and the enhanced look of the unit, we are sure the KSUPS+ will be a very successful product."

About Castell

Castell Safety International Ltd ( was founded over 85 years ago in the United Kingdom. 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. Its products go beyond meeting legislation to create the safest working environments possible. The company now designs and manufactures the world's widest range of industrial safety systems and offers unrivalled experience in trapped key interlocking. The company operates from locations in London (UK), Chennai (India), Shanghai (China), Chicago (USA) and Cologne (Germany). Castell is a subsidiary of Halma p.l.c.

About Halma

Halma p.l.c. (, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology, is a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange and has over 4000 employees in 40 subsidiaries worldwide. Halma's subsidiaries make products that protect lives and improve the quality of life for people through innovation in market leading products which make its customers safer, more competitive and more profitable. These subsidiaries are assisting India's economy in areas such as energy, manufacturing, healthcare, water and waste treatment, construction and transport. Halma has a hub office in Mumbai.

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For further information please contact:

Ashok Dhanasekaran
Application Engineer
Castell Safety International Ltd
No.14, 7th Street, R.E Nagar
Porur, Chennai - 600116, Tamil Nadu
Mobile Phone: +91 9840631258

Mr Kuniyur J. Srinivasan,Country Head & Managing Director, Halma India, +91 (22) 67080400,
Damian Corbet, Halma PR Services, +44 (0)1494 789152,


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