Certified safety switches
By Mary Del
Honeywell’s line of Micro Switch safety switches recently received SIL 3 certification from SIRA, an independent, third-party firm, making them suitable for a wide range of safety applications worldwide, including assembly, material handling, packaging, machine tools, conveying, metalworking and robotics. Using a rigorous testing process, this certification not only verifies quality, reliability and effectiveness, but also meets IEC 61508-2 standards for selling and designing in Europe, the company says. As a result, OEMs, machine builders, system integrators or automation providers who need to manufacture to a safety integration level, can now incorporate Honeywell’s SIL 3 capable safety switches into their designs, the company adds.