Emergency stops. Restarts. Line changes. These and other functions have at least one thing in common: pushbuttons.
Pushbuttons are relatively simple devices. At their most basic, the literal push-a-button to facilitate change, they open and close circuits. They can start an industrial process, stop it, or perform other predetermined functions that humans, interacting with machines, deem necessary.
While simple, they are not simplistic. First, there are literal pushbuttons such as the 30 mm from Schneider (pictured), and then there are sibling products in the pushbutton family such as pilot lights and selector switches.
Then there are the many options available. Many, many options in some cases.
To help its customers, Schneider Electric and Steiner Electric have combined to make things a little easier with new pushbutton selector tools.
At the Forefront of Pushbuttons
First, what are all these options?
Today’s pushbuttons are modular in nature and can be augmented with application-specific accessories that can turn them into aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-use human-machine interface (HMI) components. They can be used in a galaxy of applications from pristine production to harsh process environments and integrated into stand-alone machinery or sophisticated, multi-purpose assembly lines … just about any industry with operations that have been automated, but still require some human intervention is an appropriate use.
Schneider Electric is a leader in pushbuttons, including the Harmony line which is distributed by Steiner Electric. The pushbuttons and signaling devices come in a range of styles that provide easy and reliable operations for industrial applications.
In this Schneider video, Jim Clark, Marketing Director Control and Signaling, says that Harmony offers the best-in-class pushbuttons, pilot lights, and switches on the market.
Harmony pushbuttons, which comply with all international standards, have been designed for OEMs, system integrators, panel builders, and others that build, repair, or customize machinery. For them, Schneider offers a unique and unrivaled depth of push-buttons, pilot lights and switches on the market, Clark says.
One of the newest products, and an industry game changer, is the 30 mm Harmony pushbutton that expands on its 22-mm version. The 9001 30mm products include pushbuttons, pilot lights, selector switches, and mushroom head buttons. The rugged 9001 operators can feature chrome-plate bezels, black plastic bezels for corrosion-resistant applications, chrome-plated square bezels that provide multi-function operation, and many, many other options. Contacts, profiles, and additional options can be swapped out for something more appropriate.
So how is selection simpler?
With all these options selecting the appropriate pushbutton can be a challenge. Schneider Electric has made the process simpler by developing the EZ Selectors system.
The EZ Selector tools ask simple “click-to-answer questions,” and the user is self-guided through a process that ultimately leads to the right product for the application.
For instance, from the main EZ selector page, users can go to a product subset such as the 30-mm pushbutton or emergency stop product. From there, they can drill down into the various options to find the appropriate component.
Do you want, chromium-plated metal or plastic as the bezel material? Do you want the operator profile to be projecting, recessed or flush? The lens color can be any of 7 colors in one model or just black, green and red for another.
Once you’ve selected your needed product you can add it to your shopping cart. That is where Steiner Electric comes in. We will facilitate the purchase and either deliver the part or allow you the option to pick it up in one of our 8 conveniently located Will-Call Counters.
To see how it all works, give it try!