Safety Switches

Safety switches are crucial in industrial settings where heavy machinery is present. These devices facilitate a safer working environment for personnel while ensuring that all equipment is protected from damage.

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What Are Safety Switches?

Safety switches serve as a means of disconnecting heavy machinery from power sources for repair, maintenance and emergency stop purposes. By shutting off the power, these components ensure that it’s safe for personnel to enter and work on equipment. 

Safety switches operate by monitoring currents within a machine’s circuit. If they detect a fault, the devices will immediately cut off power to the circuit. They can also be triggered by the opening of a machine’s access panel or guard door and will not reset until the door is closed.

Advantages of Safety Switches

Safety switches are excellent resources for industrial facilities, as they deliver crucial advantages such as:

  • Worker safety: Safety switches keep machine operators safe by cutting off power from heavy equipment in the event of emergencies and creating a safer environment for technicians to perform maintenance or repairs.
  • Damage prevention: By interrupting the power during circuit faults, safety switches protect machines and components from heat-related damage.
  • Enhanced protection: Industrial safety switches protect personnel and equipment from the effects of overcurrents, short-circuiting and circuit overloads. 
  • Regulatory compliance: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires companies to use safety switches in all industrial manufacturing facilities as stated in the National Electrical Code (NEC).

Common Safety Switch Problems

There are various issues your company may come across when using industrial safety switches, though these problems have relatively simple fixes.

The Safety Switch Won’t Shut the Machine Down

Over time, a mechanical safety switch’s locking screws may begin to loosen, allowing foreign objects to get lodged in the key slot and preventing the machine from shutting down when the door or hatch is open. You can prevent this from occurring by frequently checking the machinery cutout switch to ensure that all screws are secure.

Another possible reason your safety switch won’t trip may be that it’s defective and should be replaced.

The Safety Switch Keeps Tripping

One of the most common safety switch issues is unexplained tripping, which may mean the switch is defective. You can solve this issue by replacing the safety switch with a new one.

What’s the Difference Between a Safety Switch and Circuit Breaker?

Safety switches are often confused with circuit breakers, but though they perform similar actions, these devices are designed for different purposes. The primary difference between the two is that safety switches are meant to prevent human injury, while circuit breakers protect cabling and machines from overload currents.

Purchase Safety Switch Replacement Parts at Global Electronic Services

You can find safety switch replacement parts for your industrial machines at Global Electronic Services. We’re known for our knowledgeable factory-trained technicians and fast services that minimize downtime. We also provide 18-month in-service warranties for our services and can beat any competitor’s price by 10%.

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