November 11, 2019

Wind tunnels, used for aerodynamic and acoustic testing in the automotive and aerospace industries, use one or more electrically driven fans to push or pull air through a test section. Air will either recirculate through a closed loop or be drawn in from the surroundings from one end of the tunnel and exhausted out the opposite end.

Around the wind tunnel, there are several full body access doors to allow for maintenance. It is critical to ensure no one enters the tunnel while in operation. Incor...

September 18, 2019


The Type VL, Valve Lock, is supplied with a stainless steel 1/4-turn ball valve. Sizes of valve range from 1/4” up to 4”. The Type VL is sold completely assembled with the valve and interlock ready for on site installation. The Type VL interlock components are manufactured entirely from 316 stainless steel, making it ideal for use in wash down, harsh industrial or coastal environments. The Type VL utilizes the heavy duty key design and cylinder mechanism, designed to resist d...

August 12, 2019

At KIRK, we focus on the safety and wellness of our employees every day.

Our safety initiatives within our shop ensure that assemblers, machinists, and shippers work in the safest conditions to perform their roles. Clear, designated passageways and specific PPE are worn for protection of all employees working or entering the shop. 

Our KIRK Wellness Wheel Scorecard Program supports initiatives to promote employees’ overall health.  Throughout the year we host events & campaigns that focus on one...

July 25, 2019

Salvo™ loading dock safety systems eliminate human error where guarding personnel from hazardous dock area situations is imperative.

Salvo™ mitigates dangerous loading/unloading activities by interlocking the trailer’s air brakes with the dock door, preventing an unscheduled departure. Once loading/unloading is complete and the dock door is closed, Salvo™ provides immediate communication to the driver that it is clear to depart. Salvo™ safety systems ensure that employees return home safely and t...

July 1, 2019

KIRK Introduces New Specifications & EPC Manager

Al Roach promoted to focus on Engineers and Project Design Firm Specifiers

North Canton, Ohio (June 2019) – Since 1932, KIRK, a global leader in trapped key interlock safety systems, has been providing trapped key safety interlocking systems to the energy and industrial markets around the world.  KIRK’s over 85 years of proven experience and knowledge working with world class OEMs and end users of trapped key interlocks have paved the way to provide...

June 11, 2019

Protect your dock personnel on National Forklift Safety Day and every day with Salvo Loading Dock Safety Systems! Salvo loading dock safety systems prevent drive-aways during loading/unloading by interlocking the trailer's air brakes with the dock door.  This ensures that the trailer cannot depart until loading/unloading is completed and the dock door is closed. Salvo keeps your personnel and equipment safe by - eliminating human error.

June 4, 2019

Hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas in the United States has been around since the 1940’s. However, only recently has “fracking”, as it is commonly known, become the new buzzword in the energy industry. With the demand for natural gas continuing to rise and the additional economic benefits this industry has created, improvements to the process, equipment, and safety of those working in this industry are ever evolving.

Electric fracking fleets are beginning to replace traditional diesel f...

May 10, 2019

KIRK® trapped key interlocks protect the safety of your employees and equipment by ensuring a predetermined sequence of operations is followed every time, without fail.

Traditionally during the spring outage, Kirk recommends reviewing the safe operations of key interlocks on Electrostatic Precipitators. Using our experience, we have put together a quick safety checklist to help identify potential issues before they escalate.

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April 25, 2019

Concrete is the most commonly used man-made material on earth. The uses of concrete range from structural applications to piping, drains,and pavers. Buildings, bridges, roads, and more could not be constructed without this important material.

Working with concrete introduces safety hazards that can place workers in danger and put their lives at risk. Concrete mixing plants must perform regular maintenance on mixers to ensure proper working conditions and efficiencies. Maintenance can involve acce...