Temperature switches in machine building: Which kind suits?

Temperature switches are used in machine building and 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 activate a fan for cooling. With regards to 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 electric switch. With this particular instrument, it is possible to change the limit values yourself and set several switch points. Electronic temperature switches may be used beyond their actual function ? yet Awesome (e.g. 4 ? 20 mA) enables further processing of the signal and thus continuous temperature monitoring as well.
Furthermore, switches of the type could be fitted with digital communication (IO-Link). The advantages of these are an even faster parametrisation alongside extended diagnostics functions and integration into automated processes. Via an LED display, an on-site indication can also be provided.
The wide usability of the electronics is reflected in the purchase costs. In addition, it sets limits on the operating temperature. Its maximum value is, on average,150 �C, which 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 ? according to the version ? temperatures up to 400�C.
This instrument type also offers the operator the possibility of selecting multiple switch points and setting them independently. Additionally it is suitable for switching in the low-voltage range (250 VAC). Yet another contactor isn’t needed. Dial thermometers with switch contacts function without additional power supply and, furthermore, offer an on-site display. A further processing of the signal isn’t 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 are very 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 are able to manage with no additional contactor.
Bimetal temperature switches operate with lower accuracy. Working exclusively as switches, 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), because the plug connection is very near 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 are available on the WIKA website.
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