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Ergonomic 3-Position Grip Switch maximizes machine safety.

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December 3, 2012 - Featuring curved ergonomic grip, HE2G 3-position grip switch allows machine to operate when in middle position, while operation is disabled in positions 1 and 3. Unit has dual enabling contacts, with separate actuator for each contact. Tactile clicking feedback helps user distinguish shifting of positions and product can be equipped with controls such as E-stop, indicator light, momentary pushbutton, and/or key selector switch. Device is UL-recognized, CE-marked, and IP67-protected.

IDEC Corp.

1175 Elko Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089-2209, USA

Original Press Release

IDEC HE2G 3-Position Grip Switch Offers Ergonomic Handhold Designed for Light Operating Force, While Ensuring Inherent Safety

Press release date: November 17, 2012

Sunnyvale, CA – Using our unique design, IDEC HE2G grip switches offer a higher level of safety by providing dual enabling contacts with a separate actuator for each contact. By using these switches in conjunction with an IDEC safety relay module or safety controller, users can achieve Category 4 safety levels.

Grip switches, often referred to as "Dead man" switches, are a critical part of machine safety required by companies in order to provide a safe working environment for maintenance or trouble-shooting inside a machine guard. Depending on a user's needs, HE2G grip switches can be equipped with additional control units such as an E-stop, indicator light, momentary pushbutton, and/or key selector switch, providing a wide selection of options.

Designed to fit in a user's hand, the three-position IDEC HE2G grip switch features a curved ergonomic grip providing a comfortable handhold while allowing for a lighter operating force. This ensures stress-free operation every time.

The HE2G grip switch has three positions, ON-OFF-ON. It allows machine operation only when the switch is actuated by lightly squeezing the grip and held in the middle position (position 2). To ensure the safety of the operator, machine operation is disabled when the switch is released (position 1) or upon further depression (position 3) by a panicked operator. Tactile clicking feedback allows the operator to easily distinguish when shifting between positions.

New IDEC HE2G grip switches are a critical part of machine safety. All HE2G grip switches are UL recognized, CE marked and have an IP67 degree of protection. For more information, call 1-800-262-IDEC (4332) or visit www.IDEC.com/safety .

About IDEC: Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, IDEC Corporation is a global manufacturer known worldwide for over six decades for its reliable control and automation products. In the United States, IDEC has over thirty local sales offices to assist customers with choosing the right LED lighting, switches, relays, power supplies, PLCs, O/Is, sensors and more. A leader in the industry, IDEC produces only the highest quality products. For additional information, visit www.idec.com/usa .

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