Through pilot devices, workers can interact with the machine’s operation.
Pilot devices communicate information both directions – from a human to the machine (turning it on and off), and then from machine to the human (current state of the machine).
Pilot devices consist of pushbuttons, selector switches, toggle and rocker switches, indicating lights and signal towers. They can be found in any application – residential, commercial and/or industrial – anywhere there is a need to operate and/or talk to a machine.
A pushbutton is a type of pilot device that acts as a simple switch mechanism for controlling some aspect of a machine or a process.
Pushbuttons are utilized in calculators, computers and kitchen appliances. Within industrial and commercial applications, pushbuttons can be linked together so the act of pushing one button causes another one to be released.
Pushbuttons are color coded to associate their color with their function to make it easier for the operator. Commonly used colors are RED for STOP and GREEN for GO.