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  • Emergency push button switch with the obvious red metal surface, people know easily to push it when an emergency
  • Hole diameter is 19mm & 22mm
  • Supported by other materials capability
  • Langir anti vandal switch with bigger size in the train or the bus could be used for emergency or for help

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3-Metal emergency push button switch with snap

Panel cutout 19mm without led. Crust is metal material, requires to be soldered to the terminals.

4-Non illuminated emergency push button switch for machine

Metal mushroom emergency stop button switch with latching 1no1nc, non illumination

5- mechanical emergency push button switch with metal material

Panel cutou 22mm with non illuminated, turn to start or stop for emergency

momentary emergency push button switch with rohs

Panel cutout 22mm with dot illumination or ring illumination, latching or momentary

6-Mechanical emergency push button switch

Panel cutout 25mm, when an emergency, push it, people will know and save you.

Langir Emergency Push Button Switch
  • High quality of crust material made by red anodized aluminum
  • Precise lathe processing
  • Be trusted by famous brands such as AXIS, BOSCH.

How to Custom Your Emergency Push Button Switch?

In times of emergency, an easy-to-recognize emergency push button switch is what everybody will look for. That is how Langir made its emergency push button switch.

With a design specially made to attract people’s attention in times of emergency, and smart functionality, it only is reasonable to choose emergency push button from Langir.

Langir emergency push button switch is made from high-grade materials including stainless steel and anodized aluminum to better serve their purpose. Presently, we have ready-made emergency push button switch including one made from metal, which is waterproof.

The second one is what we call the ‘red mushroom’ emergency stop push button, but is subject to damage caused by water. Both serve different purposes and functions.

Of course, it’s also possible to get a customized emergency push button switch to better portray your message during an emergency. You could have your emergency industrial push button illuminated or not, and can be laser-etched with the word SOS to be recognizable.

Although we are open to customizing any colors, we highly recommend the use of red anodized aluminum or the use of illumination for your emergency push button switch. There’s no better color than red to convey safety during emergencies.

All these can also be customized according to your preferred size although we recommend the use of either 19mm, 22mm, or 25mm. Famous brands like AXIS and BOSCH have long trusted Langir, so you will never be disappointed in choosing us.

You can discuss your idea with our team for the best emergency push button switch you can have. Customizing has never been that easy.

FAQ’S

How many years is Langir in this field?

Langir is in this field for over 15 years. Each year we develop our 2 or 3 series push button switch so that you will have more selections

Are the samples free of charge?

we provide 1-4 samples for anti vandal switch free of charge. You’re requested to share the express fee or provide us your account. For piezo switch and capacitive switch samples, 1-2 samples are free of charge with freight collect.

Does Langir push button switch guaranteed?

Yes, we have insurance for product liability.

How to ship the order?

For small package, we will send it by Express, such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT, EMS. That’s a Door to Door service. For big packages, we will send them by Air or By sea. We will use good packing and ensure safety. We will be responsible for any product damage caused by delivery.

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Langir Emergency Push Button Switch

As a trustable manucfacturer in China, Langir provides emergency push button switch. This switch is a safe product to protect you when an emergency. When people ask for help on a train or a bus, they can push this button.

Langir emergency push button switch has 2 types showing emergency. One is our metal push button switch, for a bigger actuator, we can laser ‘SOS’ on the surface with ring illumination or without illumination, thus people will push it when it is really needed.

When connecting with the bell, when you push it, the bell will always alert. The other type is Langir red mushroom emergency push button switch. This is a kill switch to turn down the power urgently.

Langir emergency push button switch is available for 19mm, 22mm, 25mm diameter. Only stainless steel and anodized aluminum are provided due to this special function. For Langir red mushroom there is no waterproof, the other type is waterproof. So it depends on which one you like.

Langir emergency push button switches are mounted in panel control board, you could see this emergency push button switch on the train bathroom, manual escalator in the mall, elevators.

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Emergency Push Button Switch- FAQ Guide

This guide will help you know more about an emergency push button switch.

It covers everything you should know such as its working principles, uses, types, and more among other critical aspects.

So before you buy an emergency push button switch, read this guide.

1. What is an emergency push button switch?

An emergency push button switch is particularly designed and configured to respond inherently in a manner that causes minimal or no harm to the machinery, and the individual using it.

In this case, when you press an emergency switch, it will turn off the machine or device immediately, therefore, acting as a fail-safe switch.

Emergency push button with yellow label

Emergency push button with yellow label

2. What are the working principles of an emergency push button switch?

An emergency push button switch working principles can be understood through the electromagnet adsorption device that you can see inside the button.

Magnetism is generated once the electromagnet is energized.

This happens when you press the emergency push button switch down.

To perform functions, the circuit is then either engaged or disengaged through the adsorption device.

3. What are the location requirements for an emergency push button switch?

There are certain location requirements that you need to follow when installing an emergency push button switch.

To better serve its purpose, an emergency push button switch shall be compliant with Clause 4.3.2 of ISO 13850 (2015).

In summary, the clause states that an emergency push button switch shall be located in the following places:

  • Locations identified by the risk assessment conducted,
  • Entrance and exit locations;
  • Locations where machinery intervention will be needed;
  • All locations where an interaction between the machinery and the individual operating it is expected.

Emergency push button in factory

Emergency push button in factory

4. What are the specifications of an emergency push button switch?

US and international standards have different specifications in terms of emergency push button switch.

However, it can be noted that they almost mean the same thing based on their stipulated guidelines.

Clause 10.7.3 of NFPA 79 (2015), for example, stipulates that any emergency stop device’s button should be red, and if a background exists, the color should be yellow. The combination of the colors red and yellow shall be exclusively used for the applications of emergency push button switch stops only.

The same goes for clause 10.7.3 of EN/IEC 60204 (2006) and clause 4.3.6 and 4.3.7 of EN/ISO 13850 (2015).

As stipulated, all three requires that the background color of the actuator, if possible, shall be yellow.

If you are a manufacturer, you can apply this standard using one of any of the following ways:

  • A yellow enclosure;
  • A yellow-colored emergency stop legend; and
  • A yellow “stem.”

There are several global standards covering the design and installation of emergency push button switches, especially for specific types.

While there are some discrepancies, global standards organizations are increasingly shifting to standards that are more consistent.

Emergency push button with illuminated yellow label

Emergency push button with illuminated yellow label

5. What does a twist release emergency push button switch do?

In order to stop, you need to press a twist release emergency push button switch.

The actuator is then twisted, following the direction indicated in the actuator if you want to release it.

Twist release emergency push button

Twist release emergency push button

6. What is the function of the emergency push button switch?

Emergency push button switch function as a safety system used to shut down machinery in times of emergency crisis most especially when the power cannot be cut normally.

The safety mechanism of an emergency push button switch guarantees that there is no damage inflicted to the machinery and the individual using it.

7. What is inside an emergency push button switch?

What you will see inside an emergency push button switch are the sealing, front plate, fixing nut, and switching element.

8. What are the parts of an emergency push button switch?

Emergency push button switch is composed of the actuator, contact block, and contact block housing.

The actuator is what you will see right away.

Once you press emergency push button switch actuator, it will change the status of the contact block in a mechanical way.

On the contrary, you can see the emergency push button switch wiring terminals in the contact block.

While what joins the actuator together to the contact blocks is the contact block housing.

Disassembled parts of the emergency push button

Disassembled parts of the emergency push button

9. What are the materials for an emergency push button switch?

Emergency push button switches are typically created out of hard but durable materials, like plastic or metal.

10. What differentiates a stop from an emergency stop of emergency push button switch?

While the two may sound the same, they actually serve different functions.

A regular stop is a normal procedure you use to fully discontinue a machine from working.

An example of this is when you’re done with the operation you are currently running.

Through emergency push button switch emergency stop, running machine is instantly aborted to protect the machinery and the individual operating it especially when an emergency arises.

It is commonly executed using an emergency push button switch when a regular stop cannot shut off a piece of machinery normally.

11. What is the purpose of setting ‘emergency stop’ buttons?

Upon hearing about emergency push button switch, you can instantly say that it’s something that stops machine operations in times of emergencies.

You make use of this button to avoid harm to individuals, machinery, or function or to minimize current risks.

In relation to this, people often call an emergency mushroom push button a safety stop switch.

12. What is the symbol for an emergency push button switch?

To identify emergency push button switch stop control device the triangle symbol IEC 60417-5638 shall be strictly used in consideration of the safety of users and the equipment in general. The current triangle symbol replaces both the 5110 and 5178 symbols.

Example of an emergency push button symbol

Example of an emergency push button symbol

13. Is the triangle symbol (IEC 60417-5638) mandatory on emergency push button switch stop labels?

Yes, emergency push button switch must be with this symbol. ISO 13850 mandates the triangle symbol (IEC 60417-5638) to be used as emphasized in clause 4.3.7 of its standards.

14. Can I label emergency push button switch with texts?

There are hosts of standards that include parts of emergency push button switch emergency stop devices.

For the purposes of this issue, you will be looking at the following standards, namely: NFPA 79, EN/IEC 60204-1, EN/ISO 13850,  and the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

Of all these standards, you can probably get the best rundown of the mandatory requirements from the Machinery Directive.

Generally, a piece of equipment must have clearly identifiable control devices that are clearly visible and are easily accessible.

It must also stop the risky processes the soonest time possible, without creating further unnecessary hazards.

Lastly, where appropriate, it must be able to activate or allow security movements to be triggered.

However, the directive does not stipulate clearly what it mean with a clearly identifiable emergency stop device.

That is to say, each international standard has its own interpretations of guidelines, to highlight clause 4.3.7 of ISO 13850.

As per clause 4.3.7 of ISO 13850, the use of text or symbols in the actuator or background of an emergency stop device is not permissible, with the exception of the triangle symbol, or IEC 60417-5638.

However, it can be noted that ISO 13850 says “the actuator and the background should not be marked with text or symbols”.

Instead of using the word ‘shall,’ they made use of the word ‘should,’ which can be interpreted as the statement being advisory, not mandatory.

This is important because most machine manufacturers make use of yellow die-cutting background legend board with the words “EMERGENCY STOP” written on them.

That is to say, it is internationally appropriate to use texts to label an emergency push button switch.

However, in order to fully function, it may be necessary to translate the text into the language of the country where it is used.

15. What issues need to be considered when using the emergency push button switch?

Some points you must consider and pay attention to when using an emergency push button switch are the following:

  1. When designing any machine with components for transmission, one of the things you have to consider is its function. It must be placed fixed on the machine’s surface, which can be quickly accessed by the personnel with no difficulties at all.
  2. A red mushroom emergency stop button is always preferred and most of the time considered the standard. The ‘start’ button should also have a protective guard that surrounds it which is slightly elevated than the actuator to counteract inadvertent action that can lead to electrical errors.
  3. To fully discontinue the entire machinery or release any transmission parts, a direct pushed down action should be the only action needed. The emergency push button switch must then be released to work the system again.

16. What is the difference between an emergency push button switch and a general-purpose button switch?

A general-purpose and emergency push button switches are two different switches that you can easily recognize them from their name alone.

To operate several controls such as starting a machine operation, when switching modes of a device, and more, a general-purpose push button switch can be used.

On the other hand, to fully discontinue unsafe processes, an emergency push button switch is used.

17. Where are emergency push button switches used?

Emergency push button switches perform a variety of functions in almost every industry that you can find.

You can potentially see numerous emergency push button switch applications in most manufacturing, commercial, and even public amenities.

Not only are they important to ensure the safety of machinery and individuals in an industrial environment, they often have to be present very often, typically within the workers’ line of sight.

Other industries that make use of these switches specialize in material handling, oil mining, food and beverage packaging, and metal processing, among many others.

Other types of machinery that are subjected to hazards after a risk assessment also makes use of an emergency push button switch.

Emergency push button on a control panel

Emergency push button on a control panel

18. What is emergency push button price?

Usually emergency switch price depends on the sizes and functions. Different models have big differences in price.

19. Where can you see the emergency push button switch of an escalator?

If an emergency arises and you’re standing in an escalator, or possibly waiting for your turn to hop in, you can immediately look for the emergency shutdown button to stop it.

You can typically see an escalator’s emergency push button switch in a noticeable position.

It can be either at the top or the bottom of an escalator.

20. Why is the use of normally closed contacts considered safer for emergency push button switch?

While normally open contacts are workable for push button switches, with emergency push button switches, the case is completely opposite.

Contacts that are normally open can cause danger, particularly when they break down.

Consider this scenario.

In the case where one of the wires breaks, the normally open contact stop button will not work.

Thus, the entire system will break down.

As it has already failed, it will trigger another failure, i.e. the failure of the stop button.

However, if an emergency push button switch is made using a normally closed contact, risky conditions will not possibly occur in times of wire-break.

This implies that the input will work as though the normally closed contact has been triggered when a breakdown happens.

If, however, the emergency shutdown push button’s wire breaks, the same occurs as if the stop button was activated by another.

The latch will break this time.

It’s either a mushroom-type or palm-type.

21. ISO 13850 also requires that an emergency push button switch’s Why do some emergency push button switches have a normally closed contact and an additional normally open contact?

You might have been wondering why some emergency push button switchs have both the NC and NO functions when the use of NC is most recommended.

Normally closed contacts allow an emergency stop to break a circuit.

A device also fails safely with normally closed contact if a wire breaks or a connection fails.

You need to ensure that the device fails securely, as that is the default way to wire up an emergency stop circuit.

When an emergency power off push button has been activated, there should be a hazard warning light or a siren to convey the message.

The normally open contacts serve this purpose by triggering the hazard warning light or siren.

22. Is it really necessary to use a mushroom head emergency button?

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards and industrial safety requirements require that an emergency push button switch must be easy to operate using one hand.

In this case, a mushroom head emergency stop button corresponds well to the IEC’s standard.

Additionally, NFPA 79 also necessitates the actuator of an emergency push button switch to be the same.

Emergency push button switch’s head must be mushroom-like.

Meaning to say, the top of the push button switch must protrude and appear to be round like how a mushroom looks like.

Mushroom head emergency push button

Mushroom head emergency push button

23. What is an emergency push button switch guard?

Technically, a guard is something that prevents access to misoperations.

However, given that the concern here is about a control designed to minimize or limit harm, it should be deemed appropriate to have some structure that does not restrict access to the emergency push button switch associated with the structure.

A protective shroud or guard is also defined in Clause 3.7 of ISO 13850 (2015) which can be summed up as something that prohibits the unintentional operation of emergency push button switch.

In this case, an emergency push button cover is something that helps to avoid unnecessary operations that may cause malfunction instead.

Emergency push button switch guard

Emergency push button switch guard

24. Can emergency push button protective cover waterproof?

The potential for unintended action is one significant factor in the use of an emergency push button switch.

Unintentional operation of emergency stop devices can result in substantial loss of output and/or damage to machinery, including damage to the emergency stop device itself, depending on the machine or procedure.

Therefore, it is appropriate that you protect the system from inadvertent activity in situations like this.

As long as the steps taken to protect the device do not hinder the device’s operation in emergency conditions, you can cover or guard your emergency push button switch. In a sense, emergency switch protective cover indeed reduced the occurrence of errors. Emergency push button box with obvious color will reminder people find mushroom switch push button quickly.

This idea is also supported in Clause 4.5 ‘Prevention of unintended actuation of an emergency stop device’ of ISO 13850 (2015), given that the cover or guard, technically called protective shroud, doesn’t have sharp corners or edges or rough surfaces that could result in injury. The corners and edges are without burrs, and the surfaces are smooth and even to the touch.

That said, devices such as hinged covers, doors, locking devices, narrow collars, and any other system or structure that unduly restricts access to the emergency stop device are not acceptable.

25. Is an emergency push button switch required for all machines?

Not all machines require an emergency push button switch.

This is only needed when users can benefit from it, or unless when a product-specific standard necessitates it.

26. What is the working principle of the emergency push button switch?

In a variety of electrical failure situations, an emergency push button switch is an important system feature that ensures the safety of both operators and machines.

These are connected in series to regulate the machinery’s circuit.

The machinery circuit breaks when an emergency push button switch is activated, and the power supply is then disengaged or disconnected.

27. How do I check my e emergency push button switch?

To check your emergency push button switch, here are some tests you might want to try. You may consider the test you conducted as a failure if any of the following occurs:

  1. If any part of the machine continues after pressing any start button on the control panel, except for power on or reset.
  2. If the resetting results in the re-applying of the control power.
  3. If the machine restarts once the emergency stop device has been reset. It is only acceptable for power to be restored after the power or reset button is activated.
  4. Malfunctionalities may occur and will only clear up once power is restored. When all these have been cleared, the system should be restarted by pressing the start button. This can be considered acceptable.
  5. If the machine breaks while testing.
  6. If an emergency stop condition cannot be established after all the emergency shutoff buttons have been pushed, all the pull cords pulled, and emergency stop devices switched on.

If no failures have been identified after all these tests have been done, consider that the device has passed simple functional tests.

Other factors like the configuration of the device and the complexities of the function of the e-stop may lead to additional extensive testing.

You can also check your emergency push button using a digital multimeter.

28. How often should emergency push button switch be tested?

To guarantee that safety-related aspects are working properly, machinery should be tested regularly.

A failure affecting output is usually evident within a short period of time.

However, there are cases wherein a failure in the system remains unnoticed unless regular and proper maintenance activities are conducted.

A structured system of scheduled preventive maintenance is required where safety-critical parts may fail and cause machinery or any emergency stop device to fail and lead to rapid, and worst unknown potential consequences.

To conduct tests, there is no legislative interval required.

However, you may consider the following factors on how often you should test your emergency push button switchs, which are as follows:

  • frequency of use, including intensity;
  • working environment (whether indoors or outdoors);
  • diversity of operations;
  • health and safety risks from device failure.

Any time the system changes its state, a functional test is performed. If the system is regularly run, this is all well. However, there may be defensive systems where the need to test would be infrequent, especially if the device is not used regularly.

29. How do you choose the color of the emergency push button switch?

Different international standards have set different specifications in terms of the color of an emergency push button switch.

However, based on their stipulated guidelines, it can be gleaned that they all mean the same thing.

Clause 10.7.3 of NFPA 79 (2015), for example, stipulates that any emergency stop device’s button should be red, and in a case where a background exists, the color should be yellow.

The colors red and yellow shall be solely used for the applications of emergency stops only.

Clause 10.7.3 of IEC 60204 (2006) and Clause 4.3.6 and 4.3.7 of ISO 13850 (2015) also stipulates the same standard.

30. How do you reset an emergency push button switch?

If you have the intention of resetting an emergency shutdown switch99, you should take full precautions of the safety requirements set by ISO 13850 (2015).

Your intention is the first crucial requirement to reset an e stop. This is evident and summed up in Clause 4.1.1.2 of the same standard.

Meanwhile, Clause 4.1.4 of the same standard emphasizes that the activation of the emergency stop device point toward an emergency situation.

Therefore, it is of vital importance to confirm, before disconnecting the device, that its safety circumstances are being considered.

31. How do you prevent unintended resetting of emergency push button switches?

Preventing accidental reset operation is not specifically and explicitly defined in ISO 13850 (2015) as a safety requirement.

emergency switch key has been used traditionally to avoid accidental resetting of mushroom type emergency push button.

This is no longer recommended, however, as provided for in clause 4.3.6 ISO 13850 (2015).

So now the use of padlockable emergency push button switches is considered a new trend after it.

After activating the emergency push button switch, a padlock may be provided to each worker to lock the switch. The worker has to carry that key always to prevent unauthorized resetting by other workers.

Emergency push button with warning

Emergency push button with warning

32. How do you wire an emergency push button switch?

If you are planning to wire an emergency push button switch all on your own, you should know that you need to conform to the local wiring regulations along with the risk assessment conducted.

That is to say, you should observe the safety requirements set by IEC 60204-1 or EN 60204.

33. How do you replace the LED lamp of an emergency push button switch with LED illumination?

There are two ways by which you can replace the LED lamp of your emergency push button switch with LED illumination.

The first one is replacing it from the socket unit, and the second one is through the panel surface.

To replace an LED lamp from the socket unit, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Separate the operation unit and socket unit by removing the lock lever first.

You can do it by following the direction of the arrow indicated in the figure.

Afterward, pull the operation unit or the socket unit.

  1. Grip the LED lamp with your fingers.

Rotate the LED lamp while pushing it into the socket unit.

On the other hand, to replace an LED lamp from the panel surface, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Separate the cap from the operation unit using a tightening wrench.
  2. Install the LED lamp by inserting the lamp extractor into the lamp.

Rotate the extractor while pushing in.

But for metal emergency push button switch, you could not replace the led inside, the only way is to buy a new emergency push button switch.

34. How far apart are emergency push button switches on a conveyor?

As goods travel down the conveyor, and to warrant that all parts of the conveyor are secured in cases where emergencies occur, emergency push button switches are positioned 8 to 10 feet apart.

35. How many types of mushroom stop buttons are there?

An mushroom type push button comes in three types based on the actuator.

All are the same in terms of operating the contact and only differ in terms of releasing the emergency off.

  • Push-pull: The actuator is pulled back to its original position.
  • Twist release: The actuator is twisted to the direction indicated in the actuator.
  • Key release: The actuator is only released using the removable key provided.

For emergency push button with key, you have to put the key besides the emergency switch box, otherwise the key is lost and the device could not be stopped for emergency things. Nowadays twist release and push-pull types are common uses because it is easier to control the device. You need some time to stop the device if for emergency switch with key

36. Is the color of the emergency push button switch standardized?

The color of an push button mushroom is regulated by EN 418, ISO 13850, and JIS 9703.

That is to say, a push button switch that is used for emergencies must and should be red, while the background if there is, must be yellow.

37. Are emergency push button switches waterproof?

emergency switch buttons are now made to withstand damage that can be caused by water.

They are well sealed and adhere to watertight standards, to eventually qualify for waterproofness.

38. What happens when you press the emergency push button switch on an elevator?

Once the emergency push button switch is pressed, the instant response of the elevator is to stop instantly and abruptly.

Even if nothing else is wrong with the elevator, this really happens. Triggering the interlocks would have the same effect on certain elevators.

39. Why do older elevators have emergency push button switches whereas newer elevators don’t?

In older elevators built before the 1980s, emergency off switch is generally embedded.

It is rarely found today on most modern elevators, except for a few countries that require it.

40. What action is always taken immediately after pressing the emergency push button switch?

You might want to pull back the emergency push button switch immediately after pressing it, so you can restore power immediately.

The thing is, that would be the worst thing you can do.

What you will need is to push the power on or reset button to fully restore power, instead of reversing the action.

41. Are kill switch and emergency push button switch the same?

Although not identically the same in terms of appearance, a kill switch, and emergency push button switch works the same.

In fact, the two are more commonly recognized as an emergency stop or e stop button which are used to fully discontinue the operation of a piece of machinery in times of emergency.

Both are also designed to abort the operation of machinery as soon as possible so as to avoid damage and harm to both the machinery and the individual operating it.

42. Should I wire the emergency push button switch to an input terminal or the mains voltage?

Wiring the emergency push button switch to an input terminal is much more recommended than connecting it to the mains voltage.

Of course, connecting it to an input terminal via a normally closed connection is the best option you can have.

In fact, this is what is considered the industry standard.

43. Can the emergency stop function and the reset function be combined into one for emergency push button switch?

If you are planning to combine the functionalities of an emergency stop and reset button of your device, you should consider that only under the following conditions it is possible to do so:

  • There are no dangers identified for the machinery in the risk assessment to preclude this approach; and
  • Your machinery is explicitly characterized by the following attributes:
  • In the activated position, the system must latch;
  • It must have a “neutral” position where it is possible to reset the emergency stop system, or where it can be allowed to operate the machine; and
  • The reset position must be separate from the previous two positions, and it must revert back to the neutral position by spring-return.

44. Can emergency stop be alternatively used as an “on/off” control?

If you are considering using an switch emergency as an on/off control, you have to take note that it is not in any way possible.

Premised and grounded on the ISO 13850 definition, an emergency stop is specifically designed to prevent the occurrence or reduction of identified hazards to individuals, to machinery, or on-going work, and should be capable of being activated through a single human operation.

In the definition, there is nothing in here that fits utilizing it as an on/off control.

The emergency stop function is strictly reserved for use in emergency situations only.

Utilizing this daily for on/off activities tends to create a psychological disparity in what manner operators interpret the stop function/device.

Note that one of the objectives for control engineers in designing an emergency stop is to put the machinery to a full stop as soon as possible, ideally without injury, but the possibility of destroying the system is not totally out of the question.

If operators get accustomed to utilizing the emergency push button switch casually any time the button is activated, this use can damage the system unintentionally or explicitly.

Evidently, this is, at best, a dangerous practice.

45. Do you need an emergency push button switch connected to an alarm or buzzer?

The ISO 13850 does not stipulate any requirement regarding connecting an emergency push button switch to an alarm or buzzer.

However, some national standards may require this, depending on your situation.

46. What is the meaning of Stop Category 0 to 2 of emergency push button switch and what are the differences?

ISO 13850 sets out the functional specifications, requirements, and principles of design for emergency stop devices.

Accordingly, the following are the types of stop:

  • Stop Category 0
  • Stop Category 1
  • Stop Category 2

These categories shall be specified as demonstrated in the risk assessment conducted and the functional requirements for the device, for which each category means:

  • Stop Category 0: This type of stop best exemplifies an uncontrolled stop where stopping is performed through cutting off immediately the power to the actuator of a equipment.
  • Stop Category 1: This type of stop best exemplifies a controlled stop where the power is made available to the actuator of a device to perform a stop. The power is then disconnected if the stop is successfully achieved.
  • Stop Category 2: This type of stop best exemplifies a controlled stop but with power left connected to the actuator of a device.

47. If an emergency stop is not functioning very well due to the surrounding environmental conditions, is it required to change the contacts or the whole emergency stop?

You must examine the degree of protection in this situation.

Changing contacts would not be beneficial at all if the IP of the emergency stop is considerably higher than the IP of the contacts.

In this situation, the whole emergency stop should be changed to one with a higher degree of protection.

48. How do you choose the right IP rating for your emergency push button switch?

You are probably wondering what IP ratings mean especially when talking about an emergency push button switch.

This makes choosing an emergency push button switch a stressful task before. For metal material of emergency push button switch, they are IP65 rated. If you choose emergency push button with box, that will protect the switches more. Sometimes people will see the emergency push button with protective cover. You shall open the cover and then twist release the mushroom button switch.

An emergency switch with box is secured which helps you tell whether it is dustproof or waterproof, but how?

The IP rating system helps you tell you how, and under what level of protection your emergency push button switch is in against dust and liquid.

It’s a two-digit number where each digit of the rating is assigned a specific meaning.

The first digit describes the degree of solids in the protective enclosure.

This comprises dust specks, dirt, and debris, among many others.

The extent of protection of an enclosure against liquid intrusion is determined by the second digit.

This comprises water, chemicals, and other types of liquids.

The IP65 and IP67 ratings are the most famous ones, and you have almost certainly seen them already around.

If you draw a comparison between the two, you can understand that they both offer outstanding protection, making them a high-level rating ideal for outdoor uses.

The initial digit in both ratings which is “6” means that both have total protection against solid intrusion.

The big distinction between the two ratings lies in the level of protection for liquid intrusion that they offer:

  • IP65 is most appropriate for an emergency push button switch that will not be likely exposed to extreme weather like floods.
  • IP67 is best an emergency push button switch that may be exposed to greater depths and can also safeguard against momentary submersion.

You will need an emergency push button switch with a higher rating like IP68 if there are chances that it will be submerged in water for long periods and at significant depths.

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