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Work Truck Safety Switch Applications

With the 2024 work truck show in full swing, the broad category of “Work Trucks” or “vocational trucks” is very much on our minds.

These trucks include vehicles from ambulances to class 8 heavy trucks weighing over 33,000 pounds . Unlike cars and your consumer oriented pickup truck, these vehicles really work for a living, and are built for a complex purpose beyond getting you from here to there.

As a manufacturer of some of the worlds most durable and reliable waterproof safety switches and hi-temp thermal switches, CPI brings both deep and broad experience to the problems of safety and component survival on systems for all kinds of work trucks. The CPI switches and sensors designed into these trucks of every type represent a small, but critically important component of overall safety system operation.

No matter what safety system your work truck design requires, reliability, durability, and long life will be maximized with a CPI hardened limit switch solution. Made in the USA you will also find a reliable supplier who is not subject to disruptive manufacturing and export policies of foreign governments.

Work Truck Applications for CPI Switches

It seems like every day a new manufacturer reaches out to us for an interesting application of one of our hardened switches.  Both our Thermal and our waterproof switch products have been used in work trucks and military vehicles for decades owing to their relatively small form factor, mounting versatility, and of course their operational toughness.

Here’s just a few examples of problems we solve on work trucks around the world.

Dump Trucks – Using our E1 switches to detect when the dump body is raised prevents inadvertent take off when the body is raised. (Don’t laugh, it has happened. See Here!)

Emergency Vehicles – Often use our E1 limit switches for Outrigger Deployment detection to insure the stabilizer is locked into place.

Heated Dump BoxOur M1 Thermal switches have been used on Salt trucks provided to the DPW to prevent freezing or melting during dispense by keeping the salt box at the optimal temperature through exhaust redirection.

Bucket Trucks – Bucket truck manufacturers have used a wide variety of our E1 limit switches as part of safety systems controlling the boom hydraulics and buckets. Our control panels have been used to provide operator control through our panel mounted waterproof pendant switches.

Door Interlock Switches – Anywhere that a door open or closed needs to be detected in a robust or outdoor setting, is a perfect home for our B-Series waterproof switch mounted inside one of our simulated roller actuator brackets. We’ve been used for hood down, door closed, hatch closed, or arm locked, kinds of applications on dozens of different commercial and military vehicles.

Agricultural Sprayers – Use our J4 ball switch to sense that sprayer arms are locked owing to its ability to withstand highly corrosive spray fertilizers.

Sanitation Trucks – Use our waterproof limit switches pre-mounted into a stainless steel control panel to control compressor and lift gate operations on the vehicle.

Cranes – Cranes of all types and sizes have made use of our E1 waterproof limit switches in anti-two-block safety systems owing to their robustness and small form factor.  They also use our J4 ball switch in hydraulic valve position detection applications using our specialized valve mounting brackets.

Forklifts and Construction Vehicles – Our operator controlled, Waterproof Pendant Switches are the perfect solutions to things like backup alarms and siren control. Or put this in any of dozens of mounting brackets we can provide and let the machine activate it. Our K1005 using our E1057 mounting bracket is a great example of this.

Military Vehicles – In applications like Door Alarms, and Neutral Safety detection, our J4 ball switch has been designed into tough vehicles for its durability, reliability, and small form factor.

Work Trucks Need to prioritize reliability in switching solutions.

On Work Trucks costing upwards of $100,000, its seems silly to take a chance on safety system sensors, with cheap, offshore produced switches.  All CPI switches are designed and made in the USA right here in our East Hanover NJ Factory. Despite this, our switches often cost less in quantity than comparable switches by Honeywell, Eaton, and Otto.

We love solving problems of safety and sensing with our switches. Please give us a call today.


Make The "Switch" to CPI

If your momentary switch application demands high performance, we think you should demand CPI. Please call us today to speak with our engineering team about your needs.

(973) 887-9400