An enabling switch is a 3-position (OFF-ON-OFF) switch to allow a machine operation only when the switch is lightly pressed and held in the middle position (position 2). Because it disables machine operation when released (position 1) or further depressed (position 3) by a panicked operator, the safety of operators is ensured. Because operators use pendants in hazardous environments performing teaching, system changeover, and maintenance of robots, they must have protection against unpredictable motion of robots, and therefore teaching pendants are equipped with 3-position enabling switches.
Basic Enabling Switch with 1NO contact for all OEM applications
Redundant (Double) Enabling Switch with DPDT contacts and up to 2 Push and 2 Return monitor contacts.
Rectangular push area Enabling Switch with DPDT snap action contacts. 16mm panel cut out for easy mounting.
Round pushbutton type Enabling Switch with DPDT snap action contacts. 16mm panel cut out for easy mounting.
3-position enabling switch with monitoring contacts—Smallest in its class
Grip-style Enabling Switch with optional built-in E-stop
Grip-style Enabling Switch with optional built-in E-stop, and has lighter operating force to On position
Compact design, grip-style Enabling Switch with optional built-in E-stop