Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Slide-A-Matic Expands its Product Line

Deken Power recently released a new, retractable, sliding panel safety fence called Slide-A-Matic. The concept is unique because the fence does not require an overhead suspension system or floor track system in order to operate. Instead, the fence rides on non-marking swivel casters that permit the gate to be retracted to the width of a single panel (51-inches), and then rotated as much as 180-degrees to provide complete access to the entire opening. We know of no other product that can do this. It is a particularly attractive feature for areas that require total access for robotics, machine loading or servicing.

Slide-A-Matic can be interlocked, and we will custom install perfectly aligned mounting pads that are specific to a customer's particular interlock system. In addition, the sliding latch can be simply padlocked to prevent unwarranted intrusion.

Slide-A-Matic has an automatic leveling feature that allows the fence to adjust for factory floors that are uneven. This assures a smooth extension/retraction and swivel process and removes the possibility of binding.

The product is now available in lengths from 2 to 6 panels. As an example, a 6-panel fence will protect an opening of up to 20-feet. Two fences can be mounted at opposing angles to create a pen that is totally accessible from both sides when retracted. Most remarkable is the fact that a six panel fence, when retracted, is less than 6-inches thick, yet when extended, it is strong and rigid with no sagging or bending.

Slide-A-Matic is now available in standard heights of 42-inches, 48-inches and 76-inches. Horizontal closure distances are:
  • 2-Panels, 95-inches (7-ft. 11-in.)
  • 3-Panels, 137-inches (11-ft. 5-in.)
  • 4-Panels, 175-inches (14 ft. 7-in.)
  • 5-Panels, 209-inches (17 ft. 5-in.)
  • 6-Panels, 240-inches (20 ft. 0-in.)
You can obtain a comprehensive look at Slide-A-Matic, including Product Features, Specifications and Sizes, Floor Plans, Drawings, and a Photo Gallery at Additionally, printable PDF files can be dowloaded to assist plant managers in planning their guarding profiles.

More to come . . .

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Extendamatic Website on the Way!

It's been a couple of years now since the Extendamatic website was constructed and frankly, it's getting a little long in the tooth.

We have made several notable modifications to the Extendamatic product and recently released a new line of sliding panel safety gates called Slide-A-Matic. It's time to do a better job of showing our stuff.

The website will be divided into two sections, one for Extendamatic and one for Slide-A-Matic, as they are two entirely different animals. Each product will have sections that show Product Features, Options, Specifications, Floor Plan Designs, Available Sizes and Product Drawings to help plant engineers plan their safety guarding projects. The Photo Gallery will also be updated.

One of the neat features will be the ability to download printable PDF files of each section to have on hand at meetings and to use as pass-arounds.

I know that for a lot of you rebuilding a website is pretty boring stuff. However, it is indeed a challenge and a good way to express some creativity and exercise some brain power. I hope that when you finally get a look at it you won't say, "What were you thinking?"

I'll keep you posted . . .

Monday, July 25, 2011

Extendamatic 2-Hand Anti-Pinch Control

First Photo: Anti-Pinch Control engages automatically when gate extends.
Second Photo: Extended Gate about to lock-up when retracted.
Third Photo: Two hands needed to complete retraction process.

From time to time we've had safety engineers express concern over the possibility that the Extendamatic gate in itself represented a pinch hazard. We have resolved this issue by adding a two-hand anti-pinch control to the gate and it is now standard equipment on the product.

The mechanism itself is a steel blocking device with a ball-handle attached to it that drops into position by gravity when the gate is extended. It is important to note that any purported pinch hazard only exists during the last few inches of the retraction sequence. That's when the control kicks in.

Here's how it works. When the openings in the links diminish to a distance of 2-3/4-inches during the retraction process the gate locks up. It cannot be fully retracted unless the operator manually disengages the control by placing his left hand on the ball handle in order to deactivate the lockup. At this point in the closure sequence, the operator has his left hand on the ball handle of the anti-pinch control and his right hand on the ball handle at the other end of the gate. Both ball handles are located at a comfortable to operate safe distance above the gate mechanism where it is not possible to put your fingers into harm's way. At the same time, the operator's body position creates a block that keeps any third party onlookers at bay.

We have never considered Extendamatic to be a pinch hazard and this is borne out by a 15-year+ record of operation with no occurrence of operator injury. Some of America's largest companies rely on Extendamatic to keep their employees from dangerous machines, while at the same time providing them with the total access they need to load and service those machines when required.

You can view Deken Power's guarding products by clicking here.

More to come . . .

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Deken Power No Longer Manufacturing Coil Storage Systems

We have recently had a significant number of inquiries into our coil cradles and coil storage systems. Regretfully, we have discontinued the manufacture of these products in order to dedicate our resources to the development, marketing and distribution of our retractable guarding products.

We have had such a positive industry-wide acceptance to our Extendamatic and Slide-A-Matic retractable safety guarding with a distinguished list of customers that includes BAE Systems, AK Steel, Severstal Steel, Nestle, Nissan, Toyota, Novelis, Dresser-Rand, Bloomingdale's, and the U.S. Missile Test Station in China Lake, California. Retractable guarding products have become a passion with us and we are grateful to those companies who support our products and continue to buy them.

In other news, our new 42-inch high Slide-A-Matic gate has passed all of it's tests with flying colors and our first order for the new design ships next week. I should have photos and product details on the website shortly.

A comprehensive look at Extendamatic and Slide-A-Matic guarding is available at our website. Click here.

Stay tuned, there's more to come . . .

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How to Kill a Good Comedy Routine

The first two photos were taken after manufacture and set up
to simulate the application. The third photo is the actual installation.

Ever since I can remember one of the great slapstick comedy gambits has been that of some poor sap inadvertently walking into an unguarded floor elevator opening. While it may be funny cinema, in real life it is a clear and present danger and when one of these mishaps occurs it isn't very funny at all. Serious injuries may occur and the legal and medical ramifications can be extensive.

That's why we were pleased to receive a call from Bloomingdale's who needed 3-sided protection around a floor elevator opening. The guard had to provide solid fall protection, be quick and easy to deploy or retract, and provide complete, unobstructed access to the elevator opening when required. This one was right up our alley.

We used an 8-foot Extendamatic as the basis of the guard, then fastened a custom-designed swinging end panel to it which allowed it to fold to the side. A steel drop-pin to the floor keeps the assembly from wandering when deployed. At the other end, two solid steel arms serve the double duty of providing end protection as well as being a latch mechanism to secure the guarding when in service.

To retract the guarding an operator simply raises the two latching arms and retracts the gate out of the way. Pretty Slick!

This is such an uncommon use of Extendamatic that I decided to showcase the versatility of the product. A comprehensive look at Extendamatic and Slide-A-Matic guarding is available by clicking here.

Stay tuned . . .

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Update on the new Slide-A-Matic guarding.

When a new product is released it is always interesting to track its acceptance in the marketplace and to see what changes customers are suggesting. Such has been the case with the new Slide-A-Matic guarding.

Our standard 76-inch high model was no sooner out of the gate when we were asked to come up with models that were 8-feet high and 42-inches low. That makes sense, of course, as both are fairly standard heights for industrial enclosures. We are prototyping these models now and I will keep you posted on their release dates.

The latest challenge has been to protect a span of 40-feet in an aircraft hangar. This is a difficult task for a panel gate that requires no track or suspension system; and that can be easily swung to the side by a single operator. Guess what? I knew all along we could do it.

I sincerely hope that those of you who follow are experiencing the same significant uptick in business that has occurred for us recently. America is on the move again and it is exhilarating to be part of that march forward.

A comprehensive look at Extendamatic and Slide-A-Matic guarding is available by clicking here.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cost is King. Maybe Not!

Today's reality has dictated that companies (including yours) refine cost cutting to a whole new level. When making a purchase, lowest cost wins!

Too often, however, lowest cost is determined by immediate, up-front expenditure rather than the value received over the life of one product over the other. This has made the selling of quality American made guarding more difficult, and I would be lying if I said otherwise. That's because those who make the buying decisions focus primarily on the immediate dollar cost of a product without taking into account the industrial, economic, social, behavioral and environmental impact that the purchase will have on their business.

"Wow!" you say, "It's just a gate, or fence, or whatever."

Right. And an iPhone is just a telephone.

A lot of thought went into the development of Extendamatic and Slide-A-Matic industrial guarding so that these products would provide substantial value over and above their ability to guard/fence an area. They are strong, rigid products that will provide many years of factory use and abuse. Should damage occur, they are repairable (you do not have to discard and start over). They are simple to install and require no maintenance. Additionally, they are easy for your employees to operate, which improves efficiency while providing safety. Because they retract AND swing to the side, your workers enjoy total, unrestricted access to a machine or production area. How's that for efficiency? And how much are you saving in operator time, insurance costs and costs related to an injury that could occur without this type of guarding? I suspect that in the long haul more money is actually saved with our products than is initially spent on their purchase.

No guarding is ever sold by us unless we understand its particular application within your operation, and provide to you the modifications or configuration adjustments required to be absolutely certain that the product will be a valuable asset to your enterprise over a very long term. That's why some of America's foremost manufacturers rely on Extendamatic and Slide-A-Matic guarding to keep dangerous areas safe and secure. It's a responsibility that we take seriously and it is evidenced in the quality of every product we ship.

So the next time you need a safety fence, or gate, or whatever, think of the purchase in terms of sustainability and the added value that a wise decision can bring to your business.

You can get a comprehensive look at Extendamatic and Slide-A-Matic guarding by clicking here.

More to come . . .