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Eaton Expands Safety Control Solutions
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 03:05:11 PM


Date: November 18, 2014

PITTSBURGH, PA — Power management company Eaton today announced the release of Reed Switch (RS) safety interlock switches designed to enhance safety for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The safety interlocks are engineered to monitor protective guards in industrial electrical equipment and communicate with safety relays to reliably and quickly switch equipment to the off position in an emergency.

"Eaton designs all of its products with worker and equipment safety in mind," said Eric Le, product manager, Eaton. "The RS family of safety interlock switches offers a high degree of reliable protection for plant machinery and personnel, and the flexibility to support safety rating requirements."

The RS safety interlock family includes three series: RS2, RS2R and RS4 (Q1 2015). All switches in the RS family are safety-rated and are designed with magnetically coded actuators to reduce tampering. With correct installation and the application of a robust safety relay, such as the Eaton ESR5, the RS family complies with European Standard (EN) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 13849-1 and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 62061 guidelines — achieving high safety ratings for redundant safety controls.

The RS safety interlock assembly includes a sensor component and a separate magnet actuator component. The sensor is typically mounted to a stationary portion of a structure and the magnet to a movable portion, such as a door, flap or hood.

The RS family is designed with reversible mounting features that simplify field wiring and eliminate the need for both left and right cable entrance models. A fully molded and encapsulated design provides Ingress Protection (IP) 69K and IP67 environmental ratings for robust protection against dust, airborne contaminates and water.

The RS safety interlock is available in configurations with two or three contacts to meet specific application and safety rating needs. Additionally, the RS family is compatible with most safety rated relays and controllers, and can be used as a non-safety rated switch.

The RS family meets Underwriters Laboratories® (UL), Canadian Standards Association® (CSA), ROHS and Conformité Européenne (CE) standards and certifications. It is also rated by TÜV Rheinland® for use in safety applications.

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