Teksal Safety’s custom solution helps improve worker safety and minimise downtime on BHP South Flank project




Teksal Safety, in partnership with global manufacturer, Fortress Interlocks, and local electrical and pneumatic control systems company, EKKA, delivered a custom solution to help improve worker safety and minimise downtime at BHP’s South Flank project.

The project

BHP needed a control system input solution to enable remote isolation of conveyors which would help improve worker safety and minimise downtime at its South Flank project.

As the functionality of the control hardware required was not available in a standard product, Teksal Safety developed a bespoke solution.

Our solution

Drawing on more than 20 years’ experience with Fortress products, Teksal Safety developed a functional specification for the product that enabled remote isolation input and control, including functionality to meet BHP’s operational and procedural requirements.

Fortress responded quickly, completing the detailed design and manufacture of the product.

About the control unit

  • The unit is dual acting and features a solenoid-controlled sequential switch unit.
  • It functions as a safety control element while enabling administrative lock-off points that integrate with the client’s operating procedures.

Teksal Safety Managing Director Joe Hischar said, “It was a great outcome for all parties. Thank you to Fortress for their responsiveness and adaptability to design and manufacture this custom solution, and to EKKA, for building the high-quality control panels.”

These bespoke units complement the suite of interlocking and access control products Teksal Safety supplies from Fortress, including:

  • Trapped key interlocks
  • Safe machine isolation and access control
  • Safety gate switches and interlocks
  • Safe sequential operation of equipment
  • Customised and modular solutions

About EKKA

EKKA specialises in electrical and pneumatic control systems for industrial machinery and industries, including food and beverage applications, water treatment, heavy industrial machinery, mining and hazardous area installations.

About South Flank

South Flank will be one of the world’s largest iron ore operations integrating the latest advances in autonomous-ready fleets, digital connectivity and modular design. South Flank will set new standards for the future of the resources industry.

For more information about our products and technical or customisation services, email sales@teksal.com.au or visit our online store.

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