A pressure switch with the ?change-over? switching function represents a special version of a pressure switch with two switching outputs acting oppositely to switch two circuits. A ?change-over? closes one circuit and simultaneously opens a second circuit. Thus a ?change-over? simultaneously fulfils the event of a ?normally open? and also a ?normally closed? contact. This means that, in operation, a ?change-over? can only ever have one connected circuit closed and something energised.
Application examples of pressure switches with ?change-over? switching function
?Change-over? contacts are accustomed to a much lesser extent in industrial applications than the traditional ?normally open? and ?normally closed? variants. However, many applications with simple safety features could be implemented with ?change-over? contacts.
Let?s look at simple machine monitoring, e.g. a coolant unit on a machine tool with visual fault indication (see figure). A pressure switch with a ?change-over? switching function monitors the coolant supply to the tool. If the supply pressure of the coolant is sufficient, then the switching circuit for a green light is made (green light ?on?). If the pump fails, however, and the supply pressure of the coolant drops off, then your switch changes its switching status. It opens the switching circuit for the green light (green light ?off?) and simultaneously closes the switching circuit for the yellow warning light (yellow light ?on?).Thus the machine operator gets a direct visual feedback of any interruption at the coolant supply unit. Naturally, with pressure gauge octa , the ?change-over? could switch other connected loads instead of a warning light, which could, for example, shut the machine down or sound a warning hooter.
Usage of mechanical versus electronic pressure switches
Through an ever-increasing degree of automation, even yet in simple machinery, within the last years there has been a greater use of mechanical switches with ?normally open? and ?normally closed? as redundant safety monitoring for the continuous monitoring with sensors. The most recent developments in modern electronic switches provide operator, through the simultaneous provision of switching and analogue output signals, a lot better selection of opportunities in the design of safety control. Thus, a control with the assistance of electronic switches can ? through the analogue signal ? continuously monitor system pressure, temperature or level, while also, at the same time ? through the evaluation of the switch contacts ? fulfilling an independent safety function through the tabs on critical states, whereby hazards to personnel and machinery can be prevented.
Apart from ?change-over?, manufacturers of switches provide a variety of switching functions for all applications, such as for example ?normally closed? or ?normally open?. With the aid of these switching functions, operators can fulfil almost 100 % of all simple control and safety tasks within machine building.
Further information on mechanical pressure switches and electronic pressure switches can be found on the WIKA website. Should you need any suggestions about the selection of the right switch, your contact will gladly help you.
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