FOOT SWITCH SELECTION GUIDE

Foot switches can be used to turn electrical equipment on and off with the foot, freeing the hands to perform other operations or providing ergonomic improvement to a workstation.  Foot switch applications often require specific electrical ratings, enclosures, pedal actions, cables, and other variations.

Only the user can be aware of all conditions and factors present during installation, operation, and maintenance of a foot switch and surrounding work area.  Therefore, only the user can determine which foot switch and which point-of-operation safeguards are required for a particular application or work station.  Read the foot switch safety warning and review OSHA and other regulations before selecting or installing any foot switch.

Model Overview                                                                                                                   

    Light-Duty Foot Switches

(S-Series)

Medium-Duty Foot Switches

(F-Series)

 Heavy-Duty Foot Switches

(G-Series)

Foot Switches with Guards

(S-Series with Guards)

  • Small, low-profile design

  • Durable steel case

  • Momentary or maintained action

  • Comes with cable

  • Size: 4.5"L x 3.4"W x 1.5"H

  • 10 or 15 amps @ 125/250 VAC

  • IP21 Enclosure (NEMA Type 1)

  • UL Listed and CSA certified

  • Medium-duty size and construction

  • Attractive, tough die-cast zinc housing

  • Two exterior bolt-down holes

  • Adjustable strain relief connector is included

  • Powder-painted black finish with bottom traction pad

  • Momentary or Maintained action

  • Size: 4.8"L x 3.5"W x 1.7"H

  • 10, 15, or 20 amp versions

  • IP21 Enclosure (NEMA Type 1)

  • CSA certified to US and Canadian standards

  • Heavy-duty construction

  • Impact-resistant die-cast aluminum housing

  • Water, dust, splash resistant enslosure

  • Momentary, maintained, or anti-trip action

  • Size: 9.2"L x 6.2"W x 5.5"H

  • 20 amps @ 125/250 VAC

  • IP 56 Enclosure (NEMA Type 2, 4, and 13)

  • UL Listed and CSA certified

  • Tough, durable steel guards

  • Fits S-Series and F-Series foot switches

  • Rubber bumper feet

  • Various cable options

  • Available in single and dual versions

  • Also available in dual version with a single cable (DS100-DG)

  • IP21 Enclosure (NEMA Type 1)

  • UL Listed and CSA certified

Foot Switch Pedal Action

There are three main types of pedal action: momentary, maintained, and anti-trip.

1) Momentary Action - Press and hold to turn on, release to turn off (like a car horn).  The user must continue to hold the pedal down to keep it on.  As soon as the user lifts his or her foot, the unit will turn off. 

2) Maintained Action - Press once to turn on, press again to turn off (like a light switch).  The unit will stay on until the user presses forward a latch inside the hood on the G-Series "-MA" models or presses the other end of the pedal on the S420-Series to release it back to the "off" position.

3) Anti-Trip Safety Feature (G-Series "AT" models only) - The user must press forward a safety latch inside the hood before pressing down on the lever to turn it on.  These units then have a momentary action; the user must keep the pedal pressed down in order to keep it on.

Electrical Contacts

Typically, foot switches contain SPDT (single-pole double-throw) contacts that are wired "normally open."  That is, the switch is open, or "off," when not pressed down.  Additional notes:

  • S-Series foot switches and E-Series foot switches are shipped with cables attached and have SPDT contacts that are wired normally open.

  • G-Series foot switches can have a variety of electrical contacts (see below), but are typically either SPDT or DPDT.  They are not typically shipped with cables.

  • Other options are available; contact us with your requirements.

Model and Circuit

Circuit Diagram

Notes/ Wiring Diagrams/ Images

Product Images

S-Series Foot Switches (comes pre-wired with cable)
 

Model Example: S100-1002 or S400-1002

Circuit: SPDT (wired normally open)

Comes pre-wired normally open (in "off" position until pressed).

 

Shown in "at-rest" (off) position -- switch is off until pedal is pressed because the N.C. terminal is not used in this situation.  To print or save in PDF format: wiring diagram.

 

G-Series Foot Switches (does not come with cable)

Model Example: G500-MO

Circuit: SPDT

(single-pole double-throw)

View of inside of G-Series Foot Switch (from front).  Note: G-Series footswitches have three terminals that can be wired either normally open (N.O.) or normally closed (N.C.) to the common (COM) terminal.


Model Example: G502-MO

Circuit: DPDT

(double-pole double-throw)

Model Example: G503-MO

Circuit: TPDT

(triple-pole double-throw)

 

Model Example: G504-MO

Circuit: Dual DPDT

(two DPDT switches in each unit)

Ideal for controlling up to four independent circuits.

Model Number: G500-MO-DB

Circuit: SPDT-DB

(single-pole double-throw double-break)

Also called "Form Z" contacts

Amperage Rating

The amount of electrical current that will flow through the circuit will determine the amperage rating required for the foot switch.  The amperage rating is important so the switch and wiring can handle the current that will flow through the circuit.  Consult a certified electrician to determine amperage, voltage, and other requirements for your application.  Follow all local and national electrical safety regulations.

G-Series Foot Switches - Features and Variations

G-Series foot switches include either one or two SPDT switches.  G500 models have one switch, and G502 models have two switches.

The switch activation points are adjustable for some G-Series foot switches.  To increase pedal travel before the switch is activated, turn the Adjustment Screw clockwise.  To decrease travel before the switch is activated, turn the Adjustment Screw counter-clockwise.

For models with two switches (G502 models), both switches can be independently adjusted.  If both switches are set to go off at the same time, the unit will have DPDT circuitry.  The switches can also be set so one goes off before the other.

Two-stage models (models ending in "-2S") have an additional spring mechanism that provides a distinct tactile feel between the activation of each switch.  The user will feel an additional force after activating the first switch when pressing the pedal down halfway; the user can then either hold at that position or continue pressing the pedal down to activate the second switch.

Additional References and Safety Warnings

Cable and Connectors

Footswitches can be shipped with a variety of cable options (see examples below), connectors, and plugs.  See product pages for what is available with each product line.

Modifications for OEM applications (anything that is not a standard SSC product as listed on the product pages) typically require a 100 unit minimum.  For information about special OEM modifications, please contact us by phone at 1-440-205-1600 or by email.

  • Cable with Leads - User can connect these wires as required.  Available in 10, 15, or 20 amp versions.

 
  • Cable with Series Plug (also called a "piggyback" connector) - Plugs into any standard US 120V electrical outlet with 3 prongs.  The user can connect any 120V electrical device into the back end of the plug.  Available in 10 or 15 amp versions.

  • Cable with terminated leads.  Cables can be terminated to your specifications.
  • Cable with connectors - Ideal for potentiometer and control applications.

  • Cable with 1/4" phone plugs - Ideal for low-voltage (50V max.) phone plug and audio applications.

  • Cable with RJ-45 plugs - For telecom and computer applications.

Home
About Us
Products
Photo Tour

The SSC Controls Company
8909 East Avenue
Mentor, Ohio  44060
USA

Telephone:
1-440-205-1600

Facsimile:
1-440-205-1700

mail@ssccontrols.com

 

Fabtech Trade Show - November 11-13, 2014

 

 

  Copyright 2014 Peloton Manufacturing Corporation dba The SSC Controls Co.  All rights reserved.  privacy policy and terms of use

 

home