Lasermet, world experts in laser safety solutions, have extended their range of Laser Interlock Systems. These new options offer laser users increased flexibility when ensuring that their facilities not only provide appropriate protection against hazardous lasers but also comply with best practice and the latest laser safety standards (EN954-1 (Category 3 Safety System); EN61508 (SIL4); EN61010 and EN 60947-1).

The well-established ICS-1 Interlock System is widely considered as the industry standard and can be found at many hundreds of laser installations worldwide. Lasermet have now developed this tried-and-tested system to offer 2 new systems: the ICS-10 and ICS-5.

The ICS-10 is an intelligent version based on the ICS-1, which is fully programmable from a PC.

The ICS-5 is a compact system which can be wired directly to 4 interlocks or groups of interlocks, making it ideal for small laboratories or clinics. It incorporates the latest in electronic technology and is easy install, use and maintain.

All Lasermet Interlock Systems have been designed for maximum safety and efficiency and are configured to provide automatic shut-off of the laser beam if safety doors, covers or blinds are opened. They are all fitted with a unique safety-checking circuit to ensure that the system is fail-safe.

These Interlock Systems offer the facility to interlock with laser mains power supplies, beam shutter low-voltage supplies and laser interlock connectors as well as to control the automatic switching of illuminated warning signs. A key-lock prevents unauthorised use and there is also a reset button. Emergency stop circuitry is included for activation via a push button or by breaking a glass panel.

Systems can be fitted with optional timed entry/exit overrides, generally via a push button from inside and a keypad/swipecard from outside. There is also the option to lock the system for applications where it is imperative that there is no interruption to the laser beam.