These new rotary tap switches can be configured for manual or motor operation, and have dual (continuous/intermittent) ratings from 100/150 to 1,600/2,400 amps at 600V and come in single, two or three-phase models. The switches are made to hold up under shock and severe vibration. They have a handle that accommodates two padlocks, nonferrous parts, an escutcheon, fire-retardant nontracking insulation, low operating torque, and high-pressure line contact. Models rated for 200 or more amps have silver-plated current-carrying parts. Models rated up to 1,000 amps have glass-fiber-reinforced bases, with fabricated bases for models rated over 1,000 amps. Modifications are available such as increased voltage and amperage ratings, angled terminals, key-interlock provisions, auxiliary switches for remote indication, an "off" position, and a mechanical-release handle.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.