Selector-Push Buttons can be 2, 3, or 4 position which give the greatest degree of control to the operator. One application we have seen for this type of switch is to turn an engine on and off. A spring returned operator is used, so switch just has to be turned to turn on the engine, and then pushed down to turn the engine off. TO view our line of Selector-Push Buttons, click here.
Understanding the Selector-Push Button
The Selector-Push Button is a compact and user-friendly control device that combines two functions in one: selection and activation. It offers a convenient way to choose between different operating modes or functions and then initiate the desired action with a simple push. This versatile tool comes with multiple options, such as single-position, two-position, or three-position selectors, making it adaptable to various applications.
How a Selector-Push Button Works
A Selector-Push Button typically consists of a knob or lever that can be rotated or moved to different positions, each representing a specific mode or function. The button component, often located at the center, serves as the activator. The system is designed to maintain the chosen selection until the user pushes the button to engage the selected mode.
Generators in heavy industrial settings are exposed to harsh environments. This means that they need a control switch that is capable of withstanding a harsh environment. CMC switches are NEMA 13, which means they are oil tight and dust tight. A CMC switch can be wired to a generator to turn it on and off. In many applications, the switch is a selector push with a spring return. The switch is turned to the right to turn the generator on. It springs back to the left and can then be pushed in to turn the generator off.
Applications of Selector-Push Buttons in Engine Control
- Automotive Engines: In vehicles, Selector-Push Buttons are commonly used for functions like starting the engine, changing gears (in automatic transmissions), activating cruise control, and engaging parking brakes. These buttons provide drivers with a simple and efficient way to control their vehicles.
- Industrial Machinery: In industrial settings, engines power various machines and equipment. Selector-Push Buttons can be employed to control these engines, allowing operators to switch between different operational modes, adjust speeds, and perform safety shutdowns when necessary.
- Marine Engines: On boats and ships, Selector-Push Buttons play a critical role in managing marine engines. They enable the crew to control throttle settings, engage reverse gear, start and stop the engine, and perform emergency shutdowns.
- Generators and Power Plants: In power generation facilities, Selector-Push Buttons are used to control engines in generators and power plants. Operators can start and stop the engines, switch between backup power sources, and adjust load sharing with ease.
CMC switches are built using contact blocks. These contact blocks can have up to 4 sets of contact, and each switch can have up to 4 contact blocks. This means that a single switch can control up to 16 different circuits. A switch could be used to control multiple generators at once if needed.
Selector-Push Buttons are invaluable tools in the realm of engine control, offering simplicity, versatility, durability, and clear indication. Whether you’re operating a vehicle, industrial machinery, marine vessel, or power plant, these devices provide a reliable means of managing engine functions efficiently and safely. As technology continues to advance, Selector-Push Buttons are likely to remain a staple in the control systems of engines across various industries. Their user-friendly design and robust performance make them a dependable choice for anyone seeking precise control over engines and machinery.