Mechanical pressure switches: How does one set the switch point?

Mechanical pressure switches are often supplied with a factory-set switch point. Nevertheless, some users desire to get this to configuration themselves, as, for example, the pressure conditions in the application can change. Regarding pressure switches with a measuring element in a bellows, diaphragm or piston design, the manual setting of the switch point, reset point or hysteresis (based on the model) requires a specific amount of effort. But it?s not witchcraft. This article explains, step-by-step, how to do it.
Users need the following equipment: a pressure source (e.g. a dead-weight tester), a control pressure gauge, a continuity tester or a control lamp in addition to a tool for the adjustment screw (incidentally, WIKA supplies the correct Allen key with its instruments; the standard screwdriver is enough for setting the hysteresis).
Setting plan view for the model PSM02 mechanical pressure switch from WIKA. The pin assignment 1 and 3 (small picture) corresponds to the switching function ?normally closed?, the assignment 2 and 3 will be for ?normally open?.
Setting of the switch point
First, screw the pressure switch into the pressure source connection and connect its electrical connections to the continuity tester or control lamp.
Turn the adjustment screw for the switch point in completely. This sets the switch point to optimum value.
Now apply Quickly desired switching pressure to the pressure switch until the control pressure gauge indicates the worthiness.
After that, turn the adjustment screw out until the instrument switches and the continuity tester or the control lamp reacts.
Then lower the pressure before pressure switch switches back and then increase it again to check the switch point. If necessary, the switch point should be corrected by turning the adjustment screw. Repeat the task before desired switch point is reached.
Setting of the reset point
In a few applications, the reset point is set rather than the switch point, e.g. for minimum pressure monitoring. Here the task is comparable to the switch point, but without submiting the adjustment screw.
Increase the pressure before instrument switches.
Then lower the pressure before instrument switches back and adjust the position of the adjustment screw accordingly. The rule of thumb here is:
Set point < Actual value: Turn the screw out
Set point > Actual value: Turn the screw in
Setting of the hysteresis (not with all models)
To get this done, first set the switch point and then check the reset point (see above). Depending on reset point, the hysteresis screw is turned in or out. Funny must then be checked, as changes to the hysteresis screw also affect the switch point.
Note
An overview of the various mechanical pressure switches and also further technical information are available on the WIKA website. In case you have any questions, your contact will gladly assist you to.
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