Digi-Key Electronics signs EAO; introduces selection service tool

Global electronic components distributor, Digi-Key Electronics has signed a global partnership with Swiss manufacturer, EAO. The company’s range of switches, control elements and complete human machine interface (HMI) control units and HMI systems, are now available from Digi-Key.

To assist customers, EAO’s Digital Product Selector (DPS) tool for emergency stop switches is also exclusively available from Digi-Key. It takes the guess work out of configuring emergency stop switches for engineers and designers, says the company. EAO’s DPS is an interactive and intuitive virtual configuration tool, enabling engineers and designers to easily configure products online to their specific needs.

It allows customers to select emergency stop switches and configure them to their needs based on 3D photo realistic selections, as well as parametric input. Customers can view 360 degree images, mounting depths, dimensional representations, illumination previews, and panel mounted views. Users can also download files such as data sheets designed for specific configuration, CAD drawings, launch installation videos and certifications.

The DPS tool gives customers access to over 130 parts, which can be configured in more than 2,000 different combinations. Once a customer has selected a configured emergency stop switch to meet their specific needs, they may add it to their cart and purchase it through Digi-Key’s website.

“Emergency stop switches are a critical component of design engineering, and this tool has a variety of industry applications, from industrial automation to medical equipment and electric vehicle charging stations,” said David Stein, vice president, global supplier management at Digi-Key. “We’re proud to support these important industries with critical resources and a simplified shopping experience.”

The DPS tool takes the guess work out of configuring emergency stop switches for customers. From switch function to IP ratings and unlocking features, the DPS allows customers to quickly and intuitively select their switch and accessories, add make their purchase.

The tool can be used for customers in a wide range of industries, continues Digi-Key, from the machinery and industrial automation, food and beverage, packaging systems, process automation, lifting and moving, to specialty vehicles, transportation, medical equipment, industrial X-ray machines, compressors, printing equipment, EV charging stations and more.

EAO is a Swiss, family-owned company, founded in 1947. It manufactures switches, control elements and HMI control units and HMI systems. It has over 600 dedicated employees in production sites in Switzerland, Germany, North America and China, and sales teams in 11 countries and distributors in over 50 countries, guaranteeing global availability.

EAO also provides the option of technically and mechanically customising existing HMI components in line with customers’ individual requirements. From simple control elements through to sophisticated HMI systems, from serial production through to installation.

The authorised global, full-service distributor of electronic components, Digi-Key Electronics, is headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA. It provides access to products and technologies through their online marketplace and offer more than 10.6 million components, with over 2.4 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 1,300 manufacturers.

Its Marketplace Product provides a singular shopping experience for all things related to technology innovation, for example, IoT, industrial automation, test and measurement.


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