Foot switches and foot pedals

Foot switches are used in industry and machine construction to switch parts on or off. Foot switches are available with safety function or without safety function. Normally, a foot switch has one pedal. Safety pedals are available with multiple pedals in one housing with or without protection to prevent accidental operation. Steute had been developing and manufacturing switchgear for industrial automation, medical equipment and building automation for more than 50 years.

Operation of the foot switch

If the foot switch is operated and kept in the switch position, an action is performed. As soon as the foot pedal is pressed or released, the action stops immediately. From a practical point of view, preference is given to the use of a safety switch with foot pedal.


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ATEX foot switches - Gaszone 1 and 2 - Dust zone 21 and 22

The foot switches and other switchgear for offshore applications on ships and in ports are distinguished by a seawater-resistant design, robust housing and they comply with all internationally applicable guidelines, regulations, standards and laws. The housing of seawater resistant aluminum and stainless steel parts is suitable for applications at sea or in a port.

Extreme foot switches

The Ex version is suitable for gas zone 1 and 2 and dust zone 21 and 22. In some cases foot switches are required that are ATEX certified. The use of high quality foot switches for 'Extreme' applications ensures reliable operation of the mooring hooks. As an alternative, a wireless foot switch from steute can also be used for these applications. Read more about offshore foot switches gas zone 1 & 2 dust zone 21


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Wireless safety foot pedal with three-stage function

The wireless three-stage safety foot pedal RF GFS 2 D operates on the principle OFF-ON-OFF. The wireless safety foot switch meets high safety requirements; the TÜV evaluation according to ISO EN 13849-1 Performance Level PLd or according to IEC 62061 SIL 2. The wireless signal transmission is reliable, even under unfavorable conditions.

sWave®-safe technology

The foot pedal works on the basis of the wireless technology sWave®-safe, a wireless solution for safety applications. The safety foot switch is dust and waterproof. Read more about wireless safety pedal with three-step function


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Use of foot switch in ports - GFSI - steute

Foot switch for maritime and haven technology

To prevent inadvertent operation, the foot switch has a protective cover. The seawater-resistant aluminum housing with rustproof screws and parts is specially designed for reliable operation at sea and in ports. The Ex-secured foot switch can be used in gas-Ex zones 1 and 2, but also dust Ex zones 21 and 22.

Foot switch offshore application

A typical application for this product is the electromechanical drive of winches to celebrate or tension mooring cables in ports. A winch that reels up a mooring cable can be started and stopped with the help of a foot switch; with a second foot switch, the mooring hook attached to the anchor chain can be released to allow the ship to sail to the sea or to quickly unload the chain.


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Foot switch with emergency stop button

The GFS footswitches of steute have a metal housing with a protective cover for inadvertent activation by, for example, falling objects. The foot pedal has a high stability and a low pedal height and is available in variants with jump and creep circuits.

Emergency stop button

The foot switch GFS NA series is equipped with an emergency stop button. With a degree of protection of IP65, the foot switch is resistant to from -25 ° C to + 80 ° C.


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'Extreme' foot switch IP69K - steute

Foot switch for extreme applications - IP69K

The GFS 1ÖS foot switch from steute is a switch from the extreme category. The foot switch is resistant to cleaning with water at 80 ° C at 100 bar pressure of 100 mm distance from different angles. The housing is made of cast aluminum and the pedal of glass fiber reinforced, shock-resistant thermoplastic.

High stability, low pedal height

The foot switch has a high stability with a low pedal height. The switch has a degree of protection of IP69K and can be used in 'Extreme' environments. The foot switch is suitable for cleaning with hot water of 80 ° C at 100 bar pressure of 100 mm distance from different directions.


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