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 another circuit. Thus a ?change-over? simultaneously fulfils the function of a ?normally open? in addition to a ?normally closed? contact. This means that, in operation, a ?change-over? can only just ever have one connected circuit closed and one energised.
Application examples of pressure switches with ?change-over? switching function
?Change-over? contacts are accustomed to a much lesser extent in industrial applications compared to the traditional ?normally open? and ?normally closed? variants. However, many applications with simple safety features can 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 your 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 the 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 the appropriate connection, the ?change-over? could switch other connected loads instead of a warning light, that could, for example, shut the machine down or sound a warning hooter.
Usage of mechanical versus electronic pressure switches
Through an ever-increasing level of automation, even yet in simple machinery, in the last years there’s been a greater use of mechanical switches with ?normally open? and ?normally closed? as redundant safety monitoring for the continuous monitoring with sensors. The latest developments in modern electronic switches offer the operator, through the simultaneous provision of switching and analogue output signals, a far greater range of opportunities in the look of safety control. Thus, a control with the help of electronic switches can ? through the analogue signal ? continuously monitor system pressure, temperature or level, while also, concurrently ? through the evaluation of the switch contacts ? fulfilling an unbiased safety function through the monitoring of critical states, whereby hazards to personnel and machinery could be prevented.
ไดอะแฟรม ซีล from ?change-over?, manufacturers of switches provide a selection of switching functions for several 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.
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