Tag Archives: Electromechanical Devices

What Are PhotoRelays?

Classification of relays include two main groups—contact type or electromechanical relays and contactless type or semiconductor relays. While sub-groups of the mechanical type include signal relays and power relays, those of the contactless type include the solid-state relays and photorelays. Solid-state relays generally use semiconductor photo triacs, phototransistors, or photo thyristors as the output device, and such relays are limited to AC loads alone. On the other hand, photorelays preferably Read more [...]

What are Optically Isolated Relays?

Popularly, relays are known to be electromechanical devices. However, engineers today have access to solid-state relays that operate without any electromagnetic or moving parts. Where reliability and performance is paramount, engineers prefer to use solid-state relays to their electromagnetic versions. However, solid-state relays are more expensive. While traditional relays have several mechanical failure modes associated with moving parts, solid-state relays offer several advantages in performance Read more [...]