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Superior-quality, innovative machine-safety switches boost industrial automation portfolio at RS Components

New distribution agreement brings UK-made interlock switches to RS customers worldwide, including world’s largest 316-grade stainless steel range

Taipei, Taiwan, 5 February 2015:

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has added over 160 high-quality safety switches and accessories to its automation and control portfolio by establishing a trade agreement with IDEM Safety Switches.

The agreement gives RS customers access to advanced UK-made safety switches that combine outstanding value with patented features for enhanced performance and reliability. These include innovative cam designs, double seal gaskets and tensioner/gripper systems. IDEM’s portfolio serves numerous industry sectors and includes switches with ATEX and IEC Ex approval for use in hazardous atmospheres, as well as variants meeting hygienic-design guidelines.

The selection includes the world’s largest range of safety switches in 316-grade stainless steel for superior corrosion resistance, including solenoid-locking interlocks, and non-contact switches for guard-door applications. Various mounting types are available to suit specific industry requirements. The IP69K-rated switches are resistant to water and aggressive chemicals including cleaning agents at high temperature and pressure, and are able to withstand food or beverage processing, pharmaceutical, and petro-chemical environments. The switches are also ideal for equipment used in the automotive, conveyor, packaging and mining industries.

“Partnering with IDEM allows us to offer exciting new choices for equipment designers, technicians, maintenance engineers and safety specialists,” said Oliver Durose, Senior Global Category Manager, RS Components. “With industry-leading design features and rock solid reliability, these switches enable equipment such as robotic systems, conveyors, and any kind of factory machinery or automation to ensure faultless and foolproof safety at all times.”

“RS Components, with its global industry-wide reach and respected position, is the right partner for IDEM going forward,” said Medi Mohtasham, IDEM Managing Director. “As IDEM continues striving to deliver industry-leading innovations and the ultimate high quality and reliability, working with RS will help us increase our market share and maximise new opportunities.”

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of £1.27bn.

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