Control stations provide a housing for certain industrial types of push buttons, with some fitting multiple buttons. They are usually made of a tough material such as polycarbonate or stainless steel.
Push button control stations tend to be restricted to use in industrial settings and provide a rugged casing for the buttons, which offers protection from rigorous use and in potentially hazardous environments.
Push button control stations vary depending on what the push buttons are being used for. This often determines the number and type of buttons needed. For example, two push buttons to start and stop a piece of machinery might be housed in a single push button control station, with a green button for go and a red one for stop. Some push button control stations are designed to prevent accidental operation of the button, with a twisting motion or a separate key needed to complete the function.
Safety two hand control switches are used to safeguard the hands of an operator in industrial situations where machine operation may be hazardous. In order to operate the machine, both hands must be used. This means machinery will not start until both hands are confirmed to be in a safe position.
Safety two hand control switches are found in feed and removal processes, or in setting up work. They are used for stopping and starting high-risk machines in environments such as metalworking or printing where rollers, presses and croppers pose a significant risk to an operators hands.
To use safety two hand control switches you need to have both hands securely on top of the controller buttons. If your hands are off the controls, the machine will stop or move to a safe area. To activate the machine, both buttons must be pressed simultaneously. Safety two hand control switches are designed with an emergency stop push button. There are guard hoods over the switches to prevent accidental use.