Kirk Key Brings Trapped Key Interlock Systems to IEEE PES Show

Comprehensive interlocking for power industry
Massillon, Ohio (March 10, 2014) – Kirk Key Interlock Co. will exhibit its full range of trapped key interlocks, including the new Eagle Series for valve interlocking, at the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Power Engineering Society (IEEE PES) Transmission and Distribution Exposition, April 14-17 at the McCormick Place Convention Center (Chicago, Ill.), booth 1842.

Kirk Key

Kirk’s range of trapped key interlocks for electrical switchgear or power generation and distribution applications.

Kirk’s interlock systems ensure that a pre-determined sequence of operation is followed for safe shutdown and startup of equipment in electrical switchgear or power generation and distribution applications. Its new Eagle Series integral valve interlocks fit nearly every type and size of quarter and multi-turn valves. When paired with Kirk’s mechanical and electromechanical trapped key interlocks, the combination provides a comprehensive safety system for the power industry. To suit a variety of needs, Kirk’s trapped key interlocks come in Standard Duty (SD), Medium Duty (MD) and Heavy Duty (HD) configurations.

Both switchgear OEMs and end users visiting Kirk’s booth will find informative hands-on demonstrations and animations illustrating trapped key interlock coordination schemes specific to the power industry.

For more information, visit Kirk at IEEE PES booth 1842.

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Kirk Breaks Ground on New Facility

North Canton, Ohio  (Oct. 18, 2013) – Construction has begun on a new 24,000 square-foot building that will be the new location for Kirk Key Interlock Company. The industrial safety company, working with DeHoff Development Company, will sit on  2.6 acres in the Akcan Industrial Park in North Canton. Campbell Construction Inc. is constructing the facility.

Kirk new facility rendering
Kirk Key Interlock Co. has 42 employees at its Massillon location and expects continued growth.

“A new building in a great location will serve us well as we recruit new employees and continue to grow our business,” said company president Scott Life. Kirk expects to move in to the building in May 2014.

Kirk Key Interlock Company manufactures and sells safety systems to safeguard people and plant equipment in industrial environments. Kirk products can be found in many industries, including switchgear, power generation and distribution, steel and automotive. With a wide range of mechanical and electro-mechanical interlocks, Kirk offers complete interlock systems for thousands of customers worldwide.

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Kirk Key to Showcase Power Plant Safety Locks at APC/PCUG Expo

Massillon, Ohio (May 22, 2013) – Kirk Key will present its comprehensive line of trapped key interlocks for coal-fired power plants at the 2013 APC/PCUG Roundtable & Expo in St. Louis.


Kirk Key’s bolt interlock HD Series and valve interlock Eagle Lock Series combine to provide a safe solution for coal-burning plant operators. The interlock systems ensure that a pre-determined sequence of operation is followed for shutdown and startup of equipment in the power plant. Each step in the sequence releases a key that allows operators to safely proceed to the next step.

Both the HD Series and the Eagle Lock Series are made entirely of 316 stainless steel and offer excellent performance standards in high-temperature or corrosive environments common in the power industry. The Eagle Lock Series fits all sizes of multi-turn and quarter turn valves and installation is integral to the valve body so as not to void the valve warranty.

The company will exhibit its interlocks at the APC/PCUG Expo July 8 and 9 at booths 51 and 52 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel.

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Kirk Key Adds Frank Navratil to Board of Directors

Long-time engineer joins company as non-executive director 

Massillon, Ohio (April 11, 2013) – Kirk Key Interlock Co. has installed Frank Navratil, a longtime executive of the Eaton Corp., as a non-executive director of its board.


Navratil spent 33 years with Eaton Corp., first as a marketing and general manager and later as vice president of sales and marketing and vice president in the company’s Electrical Group. He retired from Eaton in 2007 and has consulted for Kirk Key since 2011. Navratil earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

“Frank’s extensive international experience – especially in the switchgear market – adds valuable insight as we look to expand Kirk Key’s presence in the Americas,” said Scott Life, president of Kirk Key.

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Kirk Key hires Bill Trautmann as new Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Ed Dugas as Northeastern Sales Engineer

Massillon, Ohio (December 12, 2012) – Kirk Key Interlock has appointed two new employees to its management team.

Bill Trautmann, a veteran global sales and marketing executive, will manage and develop the Kirk sales team as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Ed Dugas will provide customer sales support for 12 states as Northeastern Sales Engineer.

Bill Trautmann

Ed Dugas

Ed Dugas

Trautmann most recently worked as president of Haclan Group, a sales and marketing consulting firm. His 17 years of experience in high voltage protection and motor industries includes various management roles at Ametek and the S&C Electric Company. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He will also join Kirk’s Board of Directors in his new role.

Dugas will work directly with customers to incorporate Kirk’s trapped key interlocks and related products, as well as manage the activity of Kirk’s sales representatives in the 12-state region. He’ll be based in Philadelphia and serve customers in states from Virginia to Maine. Dugas previously was Sales Manager for Power Magnetics, and he has managed sales and marketing for multiple manufacturing companies. Dugas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Kirk Key Establishes Foothold in South America

Peter D’Alessandro appointed to head business development effort
Massillon, Ohio (June 1, 2012) – To meet the growing global demand for its safety systems, Kirk Key Interlock Company has appointed Peter D’Alessandro Business Development Manager to direct operations for the South American market.


Peter D’Alessandro, Business Development Manager, Kirk Key

Peter D’Alessandro, Business Development Manager, Kirk Key

A resident of São Paulo, Brazil for the past ten years, D’Alessandro is tasked with organizing a local support structure for customers, consultants and distributors throughout Brazil and South America. Through his considerable industry experience, Kirk Key will offer educational seminars and training for its complete line of keyed safety interlocks. The company is also growing its distributor network to increase brand awareness and local sales support in new markets. In addition, D’Alessandro will assist Kirk Key in its efforts to establish a local manufacturing facility to better support and serve this vast and growing new market.

D’Alessandro’s brings key experience to Kirk’s effort. Fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish, he has lived and worked in Brazil for 18 years. Most recently he was Managing Director for Emerson Network Power, Brazil (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Prior to that, he served as Managing Director, Latin America for Eaton Powerware (Sao Paulo, Brazil). A US Army and Vietnam veteran, he earned a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point (Highland Falls, N.Y.) and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science from Rice University (Houston, Texas).

“It is Kirk Key’s intention to nationalize our offering in this very important region as much as technical requirements will permit,” explained Kirk Key Vice President of Sales Sean McGuinness. “Today’s market requires a rapid response and quick delivery only possible through local operation.”

To learn more about Kirk Key, customers in South America may contact D’Alessandro at or + 55 11 9233 9488. Alternatively, visit to access translated product and company information.

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Kirk Key Teams Up With URC to Minimize Arc Flash Risk

Kirk’s interlocks pair with URC’s Quick-Trip™ system for increased safety
Massillon, Ohio (January 10, 2012) – Kirk Key Interlock Company and Utility Relay Company (URC) have developed a new product use recommendation to increase safety during power substation maintenance. By combining Kirk’s new Power Panel Switch (PPS) and door interlocks with URC’s Quick-Trip™ system, arc flash hazards can be reliably reduced when feeder breakers are racked in or out for maintenance. Kirk’s interlocks prevent access to feeder compartments until URC’s Quick-Trip system is enabled.

Kirk’s interlocks pair with URC’s Quick-Trip™ system for increased safety

Kirk’s interlocks pair with URC’s Quick-Trip™ system for increased safety

Kirk’s PPS switch interlock and door interlocks are available in Standard Duty (SD), Medium Duty (MD) and Heavy Duty (HD) configurations. When integrated with the Quick-Trip, the PPS replaces a standard padlock, which does not provide isolation or ensure that the operator has properly activated the Quick-Trip.

Turning the Kirk PPS key activates the arc hazard system and releases the key. The released key is then used in the next sequence of safe operations, in this case, releasing the keys needed to unlock the feeder compartment doors, fitted with Kirk interlocks. Until the feeder compartments are locked and the keys returned, the first key, which is needed to turn off the Quick-Trip system, will not be released. The system ensures that feeder compartments are never accessed unless the Quick-Trips system is engaged.

URC’s Quick-Trip has been designed to shorten the trip time of an upstream breaker during maintenance. The system provides a safe, fast and reliable means of reducing arc flash incident energy (cal/cm2) levels and the heat energy from an arc blast, during maintenance period. With faster tripping times in event of a fault and the resulting lower incident energy levels, personnel can operate at a lower Risk Hazard Category with lower Personal Protective Equipment requirements according to NFPA 70E.

Together, the Kirk Key interlocking products and URC Quick-Trip system form a robust arc flash mitigation system offering a high level of personnel protection.

To learn more about protecting electrical workers from arc flash, visit or call 888-289-2864 and ask about upgrading the Quick-Trip with the Kirk interlock option. To learn more about integrating Kirk interlocks with the Quick-Trip, visit, email, or call 330.833.8223. A representative from Kirk Key Interlock Company is available for onsite technical support for new Kirk Key interlock systems or evaluation of existing key interlock systems.

About URC
Utility Relay Company is a leading manufacturer of microcontroller based, true RMS solid state trip units for AC and DC power circuit breakers. URC trip units retrofit conversion kits replace aging electro-mechanical series overload trip devices, thermal magnetic overcurrent releases, and older style electronic trip devices. The company’s products provide greater accuracy, reliability, functionality and life extension of older circuit breakers at a fraction of the cost of a new circuit breaker, without changing out the switchgear.

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