Pilot devices are integral to most automated processes, from simple pushbuttons and indicating lights to selector switches, foot switches, and visual/audible signal devices. A wide selection of panel and surface-mount devices is available from Fuji Electric, Eaton, Schmersal and others.
Control and signaling devices such as pushbuttons, indicator lights, selector switches and visual and/or audible signaling devices are commonly used to control and monitor conditions for all types of equipment, processes, and machinery. Also known as pilot devices, these components provide crucial control and indication, as well as help ensure a safe work area and protect equipment. A wide variety of devices is available at prices that make sense without sacrificing quality, including:
Pushbuttons are mechanical devices designed to activate or deactivate an electrical circuit when operated. They are available in various colors and operator options, including:
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Emergency stop pushbuttons provide for one-push emergency equipment shutdown to protect personnel and machinery when dangerous conditions arise. Mushroom heads offer a large target operator with various options, including:
Mushroom pushbuttons' oversized operators offer a large target to allow quick and sure activation with a hard-to-miss actuator. Models are available in various colors and options, including:
A selector switch is a mechanical switch that can be turned left or right to open or close one or more electrical circuits. knob, and lever operators. Models are available in various colors and options, including:
Start/Stop combo pushbuttons are reliable, low-cost devices with a convenient double-headed operator ideal for two-way ON/OFF control. Models are available with a variety of options, including:
Joystick switches are ideal when the control action may be more easily understood by the physical position of the operator. Models are available with a variety of options, including:
Potentiometers create a variable output based on knob position. Models include 5K ohm or 10K ohm resistance circuits with a rheostat-style output and knob operator, with a 22mm mounting dimension.
Capacitive pushbutton sensor switches detect when a hand or body part nears the device's surface. They feature a robust IP69K design, wear-free operation, resistance to water, oil, and harsh environments, and are available in various mounting/operator sizes.
Pushbutton pendants are ergonomically designed hand-held control switches for direct line-of-sight operation in production, material handling, changeovers, cleaning and troubleshooting applications. Rubber switch covers make these devices ideal for demanding environments.
ECP series pushbutton and switch operators are used with EVP series valve bodies to create manual electro-pneumatic actuators. The operators fit in a 22mm mounting hole and allow various pneumatic valve and ECX series electrical contact block configurations.
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Indicator lights offer visual signals of machine or operation status. Models are available in various colors and styles, including:
Replacement lamps available for many models.
Aluminum, brass, or plastic legend plates are available with various markings to accommodate the most common control functions/status; blank plates for custom engraving are also available.
Accessories for pilot devices include:
Hazardous location pilot devices include control stations that contain and extinguish explosions, and prevent the igniting of external hazardous atmospheres by the enclosed arcing device. Models in a variety of pushbutton, pilot light, and switch configurations, in sealed or unsealed assemblies, meet Class I and II, Div 1 & 2 requirements. HazLoc alarm buzzers offer audible indication of equipment status.
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Emergency stop control stations are plastic or IP69K stainless steel housings that enclose large mushroom head pushbuttons for emergency protection of machinery and personnel when potentially harmful conditions occur. Models with LED indicator and protection guards are available.
The Start/Stop combo control station is a reliable, low-cost solution for the simple operation of discrete control elements. The control station is a preassembled unit with enclosure, 22mm-mounted START and STOP pushbuttons and their operating contacts.
Pushbutton enclosures house and protect 22mm or 30mm mount pilot devices. Carbon and stainless steel models prevent ingress of dust, water and oil; fiberglass and ABS models are suitable for harsh environments; sanitary models are ideal for applications in food/beverage industries.
Foot switches are commonly used for applications where hands-free operation is required. Electric and pneumatic manual valve models are available, in a choice of operating actions and physical configurations.
Beacons provide visual alarm and status notifications for industrial and commercial processes, and are available in various colors, diameters, lighting effects, and mounting styles. Select models provide audible alarms as well. Accessories include mounting components, enclosures, cable glands, wire guards, and replacement bulbs.
Audible signal devices provide notification and alarms for industrial and commercial applications where visual indications are insufficient or impractical. These devices include buzzers, audible alarms, horns, and LED signal columns in various sizes, mounting styles, and sound patterns.
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