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Mechanical pressure switches in compact design ensure safe pressure monitoring in, for example, pumps, compressors and mobile working machines. Regardless of the application, they function relative to the principle of the preloaded spring, with a diaphragm or a piston because the measuring element.
Mechanical pressure switches like the PSM01 (see illustration) are constructed in accordance with the schematic diagram (left): electrical connection (1), adjustment screw (2), preloaded spring (3), switch contact (4), measuring element (5) and process connection (6). pressure gauge 10 bar and model PSM02 (with adjustable hysteresis) are compact switches. They will have a height of 50 mm (version with blade terminal) and spanner widths of 24 and 27.
With this functional principle, two forces act:
The process pressure
It makes the measuring element of the pressure switch react. The instruments are therefore designed in two ways. In the case of low process pressures, mechanical pressure switches therefore feature a diaphragm (as a result of the large surface area absorbing the pressure), whereas, at higher pressures, they have a piston with a small surface area.
The force of the preloaded spring
That is adjusted via the adjustment screw of the pressure switch. The further the screw is turned in, the stronger the force of the spring that the measuring element must overcome. This is associated with a rise in the switch point?s value. The spring geometry was created using the required switching range. In accordance with the functional principle of the mechanical pressure switch, the switch point is defined by the degree of spring preload. It is set once the pressure increases, and the reset point is set accordingly once the pressure decreases.
What must be considered when choosing the setting range?
When choosing the setting range, it is crucial for the user to take into account the maximum system pressure to that your pressure switch is subjected. In เพรสเชอร์เกิจ of the WIKA compact instruments, PSM01 and PSM02 (with adjustable hysteresis), for instance, this is 60 bar (diaphragm) and 350 bar (piston).
The setting range is smaller compared to the overload safety. Which means that pressure spikes can be absorbed. That is important, for instance, for idle-running protection in pumps. There, the machine pressure can be often higher than the switching value. Therefore, the PSM01 and PSM02 pressure switches in the piston version have a switching range of up to 320 bar. The diaphragm versions of the two models can switch up to a maximum of 16 bar. The comparatively small range is explained by the particularly sensitive measuring element, that provides high repeatability. A more substantial switching and overpressure range would consequently need a stronger diaphragm ? at the expense of repeatability.
Note
More info on the PSM01 and PSM02 pressure switches are available on the WIKA website. You want to buy pressure switches? In our WIKA online-shop you will find a few of our standard designs. In case you have further questions, your contact will gladly help you.
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