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Enhancing Machine Safety with Safety Switches

Enhancing Machine Safety with Safety Switches

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Increase machine safety in your machinery or factory by using safety switches. A safety switch secures access points such as doors and hatches. Safety switches without interlocks are ideal for machines with no run-out time. Machinesafety-shop offers safety switches for Cat. 4, PLe or SIL3 applications and for Cat. 3, PLd or SIL2 applications.

What is a Safety Switch?
A safety switch is designed to secure access points such as doors or hatches on machines and installations. When a safety guard is opened, a secure signal is transmitted to the safety controller, resulting in the isolation of the power supply to the machine or installation. This ensures a quick and controlled stop, improving overall safety in the industrial environment.

Safety Switches without Locking
For machines without run-down time, safety switches without locking are the ideal solution. These switches isolate the power supply, bringing the machine to an immediate stop. Our safety switches comply with industry standards, including PLd or PLe according to EN/ISO 13849 and SIL2 or SIL3 according to EN 62061, ensuring a high level of safety in various applications.

Options for Our Safety Switches:

  • Safety keys to prevent inadvertent lock-in of operators.
  • Various operating tongues (actuators) for shutters, valves, rotating, or sliding doors.
  • Push buttons, selector switches, and LEDs for additional functionality.
  • Emergency stops with or without monitoring for quick interventions in emergencies.
  • Self-wiring terminals or plug connections for flexible installation.
  • Versions in ProfiNet, Ethernet IP, and AS-Interface for integration into different systems.
  • Standard mounting plates compatible with various guards.

Features of Our Safety Switches:

  1. Electromechanical Operation: Equipped with an operating tongue actuator, our safety switches switch safety contacts and isolate the power supply when the guard is opened.
  2. Application-Specific Options: Tailor our safety switches to your specific needs with options such as safety keys, different operating tongues (actuators), push buttons, selector switches, LEDs, emergency stops, and more.
  3. Standard Mounting Plates: Easily adapt our safety switches to different guard types with standard mounting plates, providing flexibility in installation.

Applications of Safety Switches:

  • Cat. 4, PLe, or SIL3 Applications: Ideal for high-risk applications requiring the highest safety level.
  • Cat. 3, PLd, or SIL2 Applications: Suitable for applications with lower risk but still demanding a robust safety solution.

Safety Switches Offered by MachineSafety-Shop:

Standard Duty Safety Switches
MachineSafety-Shop offers standard duty safety switches from Fortress Safety. The aluminum tGard range safety switches are fully modular and a cost-effective way of machine protection. tGard provides total electromechanical safety solutions suitable for use in SIL2 (EN/IEC 62061), Category 3 (EN 954-1), and PLd (EN/ISO 13849-1) applications. tGard is certified by TüV SUD.

Heavy Duty Safety Switches
The amGard Pro heavy-duty safety switches from Fortress are specially designed for heavy applications. The modular and steel safety switches offer a total electromechanical safety solution, suitable for use in SIL3 (EN/IEC 62061), Category 4 (EN 954-1), and PLe (EN/ISO 13849-1) applications.

Explosion-Proof Safety Switches
MachineSafety-Shop also offers the Steute Ex explosion-proof safety switches from Steute. Steute Extreme products are developed and certified for use in the most demanding applications worldwide (e.g., ATEX, EICEx, GOST). We also have explosion-proof safety switches from Fortress Safety, the Alfred range. For more information, please contact us.

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