Ergonomic and flexible wireless hand control
09 December 2014
steute introduced its RF HB-4CH wireless hand control at the recent SPS IPC Drives event. Development of the industry-compatible hand control was inspired by the steute business division Meditec, which provides controls for medical equipment.
The RF HB-4CH is equipped with four push-buttons that can be assigned desired functions with very little parametric effort on the receiver side. The housing is said to be very light to handle, aided by lithium batteries which provide the power necessary for around 800,000 switching cycles without needing to be changed.
The hand control communicates with the receiver device via sWave wireless technology (SW 868/ SW 915). Very short switching frequencies are possible (approx. 12,000 telegrams with repetition per hour). The range is 400m outdoors and around 50m inside buildings. This wireless technology aims to create the conditions necessary for disturbance-free, reliable signal transmission and the simultaneous operation of several hand controls within one wireless area.
The RF HB-4Ch is said to open able to open up new fields of application with demand being expected from areas such as logistics, building automation, machine and plant engineering. Wherever staff have to walk long distances, the operation of machine functions by remote control can save time and optimise processes.
Typical uses for the wireless hand control could be the control of machines and hoisting devices, as well as the operation of automatic storage systems, pumps and winches. In building automation, the wireless switching device can be used to operate, for example, industrial gates, barriers and lighting systems.
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