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Temperature switches in machine building: Which kind suits?

Temperature switches are used in machine building along with other industrial applications for limiting temperature. They monitor the temperature and react at a predefined point. To protect from overheating they either switch the equipment or machine off or switch on a fan for cooling. With respect to the task at hand, temperature switches operate as either normally-closed or normally-open switches. Three switch types are believed for industrial applications:
Electronic switches
Example: Electrical WIKA temperature switch TSD-30
In which a higher accuracy is requested, the operator should resort to an electronic switch. With this instrument, it is possible to change the limit values yourself and set several switch points. Electronic temperature switches can be utilized beyond their actual function ? yet another analogue output (e.g. 4 ? 20 mA) enables further processing of the signal and thus continuous temperature monitoring as well.
Furthermore, switches of the type can be fitted with digital communication (IO-Link). The advantages of these are an even faster parametrisation along with extended diagnostics functions and integration into automated processes. เกจวัดแรงดัน , an on-site indication can even be provided.
The wide usability of the electronics is reflected in the purchase costs. In addition, it sets limits on the operating temperature. Its maximum value is, typically,150 �C, which is sufficient for the majority of applications, however. To be able to fulfil their tasks, electronic temperature switches need, in addition to a power source, an additional contactor since their transistor only switches suprisingly low power.
Dial thermometers with switch contact
Example: WIKA expansion thermometer with switch contact SB15
The outstanding feature of dial thermometers with switch contacts is the wide temperature range. Generally, expansion thermometers are employed for industrial applications. They cover ? with respect to the version ? temperatures up to 400�C.
This instrument type also offers the operator the possibility of selecting multiple switch points and setting them independently. It is also suitable for switching in the low-voltage range (250 VAC). Yet another contactor isn’t needed. Dial thermometers with switch contacts function without additional power supply and, furthermore, offer an on-site display. A further processing of the signal isn’t possible, however.
In terms of price and performance, the switch solution described here’s positioned in the mid range.
Bimetal temperature switch
Example: WIKA bimetal temperature switch model TFS35
Bimetal temperature switches are very compact, cost-effective and also have been designed for a wide range of applications. These instruments may also switch with low voltages up to 250 VAC, and with this they are able to manage with no additional contactor.
Bimetal temperature switches operate with lower accuracy. Working exclusively as switches, they neither offer a local display, nor do they enable any processing of the signal. Their compact design also only permits a limited temperature range (max. 200 �C), since the plug connection is quite close to the hot area.
Note
Further information on the TSD-30 electronic switch, on the SB15 dial thermometer with switch contact and on the TFS35 bimetal temperature switch can be found on the WIKA website.
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