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Temperature switches are used in machine building and other industrial applications for limiting temperature. pressure gauge and react at a predefined point. To safeguard from overheating they either switch the gear or machine off or switch on a fan for cooling. Depending on the task accessible, 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
Where a higher accuracy is requested, the operator should resort to an electronic switch. With this particular instrument, it is possible to change the limit values yourself and set several switch points. Electronic temperature switches can be used beyond their actual function ? an additional analogue output (e.g. 4 ? 20 mA) enables further processing of the signal and thus continuous temperature monitoring aswell.
Furthermore, switches of the type can be fitted with digital communication (IO-Link). The advantages of these are a straight faster parametrisation along with extended diagnostics functions and integration into automated processes. Via an LED display, an on-site indication can even be provided.
The wide usability of the electronics is reflected in the purchase costs. It also sets limits on the operating temperature. Its maximum value is, on average,150 �C, that is sufficient for the majority of applications, however. In order to fulfil their tasks, electronic temperature switches need, and a power source, yet another contactor since their transistor only switches very low power.
Dial thermometers with switch contact
Example: WIKA expansion thermometer with switch contact SB15
The outstanding feature of dial thermometers with switch contacts may be the wide temperature range. Generally, expansion thermometers are used for industrial applications. They cover ? depending on the version ? temperatures up to 400�C.
This instrument type also offers the operator the chance of selecting multiple switch points and setting them independently. Additionally it is suitable for switching in the low-voltage range (250 VAC). Yet pressure gauge 10 bar is not needed. Dial thermometers with switch contacts function without additional power and, furthermore, offer an on-site display. An additional processing of the signal is not possible, however.
When it comes to 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 have become 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, sufficient reason for this they are able to manage with no additional contactor.
Bimetal temperature switches operate with lower accuracy. Working exclusively as เพรสเชอร์เกจ , they neither provide a local display, nor do they enable any processing of the signal. Their compact design also only permits a restricted temperature range (max. 200 �C), since the plug connection is very near 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 are available on the WIKA website.
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