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An enabling switch is a handheld, portable device that allows operators to safely
control machinery while inside the machinery's danger zone. Enabling the slow-speed
motion of a machine while a guard door is open, or jogging a robot into position
for maintenance access from within the robot's safety enclosure, are just two examples
of enabling switch applications.
Safety Enabling Switches
These enabling switches are 3-position (OFF-ON-OFF) devices that allow the machinery to
function only when the switch is pressed halfway. Since operators may react differently
to sudden, unexpected events, with some pressing harder on the switch and others letting
the switch go all together, the safety system will turn off the machinery if the enabling
switch is not maintained in the middle position.
Three-position spring-return grip button with N.O.-N.C.-N.O. contacts
Ergonomic (right- or left-handed)
Easy to operate (even when wearing gloves)
Optional in-hand sensor ensures that the switch is only active when the operator's hand is detected, preventing manipulation and safety bypassing
Built-in E-stop, LED, pushbuttons, and activity ("home" position) sensor on select models
Universal connection via cable or terminals
Safety Enabling Switch Accessories
Mounting brackets are available to complete a safety enabling switch installation.
Brackets are available in stainless steel or glass-fiber reinforced thermoplastic
(required for enabling switches that have an activity sensor).