Taking Care of Your Stromag Limit Switch

Taking Care of Your Stromag Limit Switch

Your industrial business is dependent upon its people and equipment. The Stromag limit switch is an essential aspect of promoting the safety and efficiency of your company’s assets.

These limit switches determine whether or not a machine is operating at their capacity, and shut it down if it is not.  Without them, your company could see serious injuries and a loss of productivity.

In simpler terms, your competitive edge relies upon limit switches.

Neglecting your Stromag limit switch is neglecting your business. Once you’ve picked out the perfect switch for your company, you will want to ensure its proper operation through general maintenance.

Here’s how you can keep your equipment running, your employees safe, and your money flowing.

Do A Daily Check Of Your Stromag Limit Switch

Limit switches don’t last forever. Just like other equipment, they will wear out over time and eventually fail. This can lead to serious safety concerns and slow down production.

If you stay on top of looking for general wear and tear, you can order a new Stromag limit switch and have it before your old one fails. That saves time and money.

Even if your switch is brand new, you still want to do daily checks. Manufacturing mistakes happen, so you want to catch any problems early. This will also get your team into the habit of doing daily checks before there is an issue.

Use it Properly

Limit switches are meant to be used indoors. Using one outdoors is unsafe and will lead to equipment failure.

There are also certain types of gases and conditions that can cause your switch to fail:

  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • Ammonia
  • Nitric Acid
  • Chlorine
  • Excessive dirt and dust, or anywhere with high humidity and heat.

Try to maintain an environment that does not have major changes in temperature, as this can warp equipment and lead to problems later on.

Keep the Frame and Cover Clean

Check the frame of your switch to ensure that there is not dirt build up that can mess with the electrical components.  You will also want to make sure the cover is not damaged, and replace the cover if necessary or after cleaning the frame out.

Depending on the conditions of your workplace, this can be done annually or more often.

Train your employees on safety procedures for limit switches

Oftentimes when a limit switch is activated, it has to be reset by your employees.  This can prove dangerous if the employee has to climb in order to do so.

There are dozens of cases in which people have been severely hurt or killed due to limit switches that have to be reset.  There are also cases in which limit switches have been over-ridden in order to speed up production, leading to injury and death.

Make sure that your employees know that this is never acceptable, and always provide proper safety equipment in case a switch has to be reset.

Pick the right equipment for the job

There are a variety of Stromag limit switches to choose from. Choosing the right one for the needs of your business is essential to guarantee your satisfaction.

Perhaps you need Potentiometer or encounter mounting, or there are budget concerns and you want to maximize your money.

We are always here to help.  Feel free to contact us here with any questions you might have.

Posted in Industrial Equipment.