Key components for automation and machine builders

30-06-2020 | Foremost | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Foremost Electronics offers its IDEC CW switch range providing designers with stylish, compact and space-saving switches and pilot devices. The two-step locking lever combined with a guard offers a higher level of safety, and the low projection height from the panel surface lessens the possibility of unexpected activation or operator damage. The series adds a sleek and stylish form to any panel with black or metallic bezels. The shortest depth behind the panel in its class adds to decreasing machine and control panel size. Up to six direct opening normally closed contacts rated at 10A are offered per switch with the option of black and metallic bezels. Options include illuminated pushbuttons, pushbuttons, pilot lights, selector switches and key selector switches.

To assure operator safety and stop damage to equipment the XW Series includes new technology that has altered the way E-Stop switches are designed. This 'safe break action' concept offers greater levels of human safety and is the first of its kind in the world. The 'safe break action' design, found only in the IDEC products, reverses the energy direction and applies the spring-pressure to assure that the NC contacts will open if the emergency switch is damaged or if the contact blocks separate due to extreme force. The NC contacts will open, even if they are welded and stop the machine.

For the clear indication of the status of a machine, factory automation or industrial system the IDC LD6A SignaLight Towers provide a new concept and ergonomically designed system for instant visual and audible status recognition. The devices combine the latest LED technology with IDEC safety technology.

Emma Kempster, key account manager, of Foremost Electronics, comments: "Industrial automation systems and machine-building require high quality and rugged components to ensure reliable operation over long periods of time. Safety of operators and protection of machines from damage are also critical design considerations. Foremost have been working with machine and automation system designers for many years and have an unsurpassed range of HMI, cable access and safety components which greatly simplifies our customer’s sourcing process."

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