Herga Technology, the UK’s leading switching and sensing component manufacturer, has launched a new range of engineered heavy-duty footswitches aimed at operator control for industrial production environments.
Available in multiple configurations with slow or snap, break & make switching, the modular and robust design of the new 6256 series allows unlimited footswitch expansion and simple adaptation for optional safety guards.
Herga’s new 6256 series footswitches will suit applications where durability, reliability and long working life are key factors for plant & equipment OEMs and machine builders. Using Herga Technologies unique development gate process, the modern and aesthetic high impact injection moulded ABS/PC housing design has been extensively validated for durability, temperature, environmental conditions and is a significantly cost-effective but highly capable alternative to more expensive cast-metal footswitch solutions. Applications areas include operator enabled function switching where hand control is not feasible or safe in metal or plastics processing, laser machining, hydraulic press, welding, riveting stamping and more.
The fully waterproof IP67 protection class footswitch accommodates safety shoe use, includes a non-slip base and has through holes for direct floor mounting plus three alternative M20 conduit entry points. The design & construction allows fast assembly and easy adaptation to the application whilst quick access to the large wiring compartment with screw-terminal connection and an integral a self-lifting clamp ensure dependable installation. The 6256 footswitch suits motor and heavy duty loads thanks to a rated operational current of 6A at 250V AC (AC-15) or 24V DC (DC-13). Long electrical life is assured with a rated five hundred thousand switching cycles when interrupting 6A AC-15 at 250V.
In addition to the safety guard, the modular construction concept of the 6256 will also allow application-specific accessories to be added such as custom protective shields, safety trips, mechanical interlocks, foot rests etc. The footswitches can be manufactured locked together to form sturdy multiple footswitch groups, machine ergonomics and scalability is easily achieved.
As with all Herga Technology hand or foot switching components and sensing solutions, custom colours, customer logos, and electrical or mechanical modifications may be available for OEM customers on request.