Mechanical vs electronic pressure switches: Application areas

When should you choose a mechanical pressure switch and when should you rather decide for an electronic pressure switch? Each switch principle offers advantages, but additionally has its limitations. Among other things, there are differences in the application form areas for mechanical and electronic pressure switches. Considered of this will give you support in your selection.
Application areas for mechanical pressure switches
Mechanical pressure switches are often used once the budget is bound and only individual switch points are essential. They are often used in safety-critical applications in which they have yet another or redundant safety function. While Great remain idle for years, they transmit an immediate switching signal when the pressure exceeds the preset critical switch point pressure. For process control, however, mechanical pressure switches are not the first choice in electronic systems, because they are often affected by mechanical wear, causing signal drift or even premature failure.
Application areas for electronic pressure switches
Electronic pressure switches are used where several switch points and the stability and flexibility of the control are essential. They are perfect for automated equipment and control systems where programmable switches are preferred, as the desired setting for the switch point may change over time. Whenever additional analogue output signals, a local indication by display or flexible adjustment and programming are essential, electronic pressure switches will be the primary choice.
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Further information on mechanical pressure switches and electronic pressure switches are available on the WIKA website. Would you like to buy pressure switches? Inside Passionate shop you?ll find some of our standard versions.
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