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The advantages of Axelent’s Smart fastening system
ISO 14120 contains a number of requirements for fixed guards, which – at first glance – appear difficult to meet at the same time:
The requirements 4 and 5, particularly, appear to contradict one another.
How can a guard be not easy to remove, but easy to re-install at the same time?
The answer is a click fitting system as is used in Axelent’s X-Guard series. Guard fencing panels can only be removed with a special tool, the X-key. If you do not have an X-key, it is not only difficult to remove the guard, it is impossible! Re-installing a panels is very easy. Simply slide the panel into the bottom guides and click it into place on top.
Is a click fitting the same as a “quick-release fastener”?
A paper by the German accident prevention authorities says no. The paper is meant to help interpret section 5.3.9 of ISO 14120 and says that a quick-release fastener can be released without using a tool or with everyday objects like a coin, pen, or nail file. However, ISO 14120 rules that such fasteners must not be used on the outside of fixed guards because they make sidestepping the guard too easy. How much attention has the German statement received in global markets? (Compare ISO 14120 section 5.3.9 and DGUV paper FBHM-130:2022)
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