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 gear or machine off or switch on a fan for cooling. With respect to the task accessible, temperature switches operate as either normally-closed or normally-open switches. Three switch types are considered for industrial applications:
Electronic switches
Example: Electrical WIKA temperature switch TSD-30
Where a higher accuracy is requested, the operator should resort to an electric switch. With this instrument, you can change the limit values yourself and set several switch points. Electronic temperature switches can be used 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 benefits of these are a straight faster parametrisation alongside extended diagnostics functions and integration into automated processes. Via an LED display, an on-site indication can be provided.
pressure gauge 10 bar 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. As a way to fulfil their tasks, electronic temperature switches need, in addition to a power source, yet another 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 may be the wide temperature range. Generally, expansion thermometers are employed for industrial applications. They cover ? with regards to the version ? temperatures around 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). An additional contactor isn’t 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 situated 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 an array of applications. These instruments can also switch with low voltages around 250 VAC, and with this they can manage without 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
More info 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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