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STRAINSTALL LAUNCH NEW RUGGED FOOT SWITCH

Strainstall Marine, the UK based load cell manufacturer, has launched a uniquely designed rugged foot switch. This innovative patented product has been specifically manufactured for use in harsh environments, such as the marine, offshore, mining and food processing industries, where equipment is often exposed to the weather, dust, water and other liquids and abrasive materials. The new foot switch is unique as it has no moving parts, so its function is unaffected by these extreme operating conditions.

Utilising Strainstall's extensive experience in strain gauge technology, the footswitch operates in a simple, but novel way. Load applied by the users foot in the normal way causes stress, and the resulting strain is sensed by strain gauges. The electrical signal from the strain gauges is monitored, and when a pre-defined applied load is reached (around 10 kgs), a signal passes to a trip level which provides switch function. The foot switch has a protected cable and is fixed in a stainless steel housing that provides stability and protection. It is hermetically sealed to IP67, making it ideal for antimicrobial environments where frequent jet washing or steam cleaning is common. It also has ATEX/IECEx certification for use in Zone 1 and 2 hazardous areas.

Additional features and benefits include:

On/off switch or variable speed control options
Fully stainless steel construction
Maintenance free
Exceptional reliability in the most severe environments
Rated for use in high temperature environments to 60ºC
Can be pressure or steam cleaned
Proven field experience
Heavy duty and robust
Plug and play design

Adrian Coventry, Engineering Director said "The new rugged foot switch's suitability for long-term use in arduous conditions offers our customers unrivalled reliability, and additionally, because it has no moving parts it requires no maintenances, providing significant cost savings over the life of the unit."

Strainstall is a broad-based engineering business, specialising in load measurement and sensor based safety technology, with over 40 years of experience in a wide range of industries. Based in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the company has long been associated with the manufacture of standard and bespoke load cells.

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October 2011

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