Switches from RS Components protect people and machinery

Two series of switches targeting maintenance engineers and machine and panel builders, which aim to deliver machine safety control in industrial applications, have been introduced by RS Components.

The Series 61 compact emergency-stop switches (E-Stop) and the Series 45 industrial switches were developed by EAO, a vendor of Human Machine Interfaces, and have been designed to “reliably protect people and equipment” against injury and damage.

The Series 61 E-Stop is suited for use in handheld control units and can also be mounted within reach or directly on to a machine. It is said to be capable of withstanding harsh industrial use with a robust build quality that meets IP69K, as well as providing IP67 protection. Typical applications include handheld control units, production and plant machinery, construction machinery, and agricultural machinery and vehicles, as well as for control panels in a range of industrial equipment and devices.

The Series 61 is also designed for use in space critical applications, with a mono-block design and a "fool proof" trigger action, compliant with EN 60947-5-5 and EN 13850, as well as a green indication ring to show switch actuation.

The Series 45 switches are designed for easy assembly and installation into 22mm or 30.5mm cut-outs and are available in three finishes. The series offers an IP69K protection rating and long-life LED illumination. Features of the switch include a mechanical life of one million switching cycles and reliable switching from 5 to 500V. In addition, the double-break, slow-make switching element is available with either screw- or spring-type terminals and can be equipped with a maximum of six switching elements.