Honeywell Introduces GKN Series Key Operated Safety Interlock Switches |

Honeywell Introduces GKN Series Key Operated Safety Interlock Switches

January 192005
FREEPORT, Ill., Jan. 19, 2005 — Honeywell [NYSE:HON] today announced the newest addition to its safety key operated product portfolio – the GKN Series safety key operated switches. The GKN Series provides the features industrial equipment manufacturers require for safety position detection of protective guards or doors in a reliable, cost-effective, industry standard package.

The GKN Series has positive opening safety contacts (meets IEC 60947-5-1 requirements) and double insulation (meets IEC 60947-5-1 requirements), providing global standard compliance. A standard offering of a choice of five switch contact configurations, including two configurations with three contacts, meets a wide variety of customer applications and requirements. The configurations with three contacts provide cost-effective safety monitoring when used in conjunction with a safety module.

The rotating head allows actuator engagement from the front, back or either of two top positions for a total of four different actuation entry points. “This feature makes the product easy to adjust in the field, as well as reduces the number of units customers must keep in stock,” explains Honeywell Product Manager Karl Gustafson. “The mechanically coded actuators minimize intentional tampering or defeat.”

The GKN Series provides a choice of three standard key actuators, including a flexible key actuator that allows for minor misalignment. The large internal wiring cavity reduces installation time. The switch’s compact size and light weight provide a valuable solution for applications where space is at a premium, and the low price provides a cost savings to the user, especially at high volume.

For more information on this new product series, visit or call 800-784-3011 (reference code GKN).

Honeywell International is a $25 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit
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